Social Distortion
Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll



by Fabz USER (13 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2005 | 40 replies

Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

About the album
First, let's say that Social Distortion didn't get any new cds out since 1996 with their album White Light White Heat White Trash. Now, they come back with a brand new album Sex, Love and Rock'n'Roll .This album is quite different from the others, the songs are more slow and all songs lyrics are about emotions.So you will not find song like 1945 or It's Lawon this album. The song being more slower have more rock inluance then before. You will also notice that their sound is still really apparent to what we already know Social Distortion for. The album only have 10 tracks, but Social Distortion never release albums with more than 12 tracks. The song are quite long. Mike Ness vocals are still as great as before. With plenty of emotions in is voice, you can barely see that he is still one of the best punk vocals today. I also really like the back vocals on this album, another great work. John Maurer also do a great job for the bass, he was replace right after the record of this album by Matt Freeman who is already well known for is work with Rancid. The drum is only fast on the first song (Reach For The Sky) and slower for the other songs. Guitar work is also excellent. Now let's take a look a this album.

Band members
-Mike Ness ---> Vocals and Guitars
-Johnny Wickersham ---> Guitars
-John Maurer ---> Bass
-Charlie Quintana ---> Drums

The review
The album open with [Reach For The Sky] , an awesome song with great guitar riff and vocals. The lyrics on this song are really meaningful. It talk about living each and every day like it was your last, without thinking to futur. To me it is one of the best song ever by Social Distortion. This song prove by itself that Social Distortion are still great and one of the greatest band still playing today. I also think it's the best song on the album. Then, we come to the second song, [Highway 101]. This song is a bit slower than the first one. It give you a better impression of what will other song sound like. I really like the chorus in that song. This song talk about being in love. Really simple song but really effective. This song is another great one of the album. The third song, [Don't Take Me For Granted]. This song show us the talent of Mike Ness to write great song. I like the comparison he make at thte biggining of the song between him and objet. The song as a fast drum beat, but the guitar is slower, so not an hard song. It's a good song but it could have been better. After, [Footprints On my Ceiling] is a really slow song. It's more like a ballad. Really good song and emotional.

Then, [Nickles and Dimes] , is a song I didn't really like at first. It is above the average Social Distortion song, but not as good as the first four songs. The song talk about being nothing and wasting your life. The sound itself is really well work. You will notice the great job done for the chorus. The 6th song on this album is [I Wasn't Born To Follow]. It's a good song, good lyrics and sound. It is not one of my favorite but still quality. I think the lyrics are still meaningful. They talk about not following the trend establish by society. Well the title of the song says it all.[Winners and Loosers] is another ballad song. I really like the use of acoustic guitar at the beginning of the song. At first, I didn't give any attention to this song. After a few listen I grew on it and really like it. Great lyrics about making choice and confronting life. To me, another great song. The 8th song is [Faithless] . This is a really slow song. I really like the beginning of it, Mike Ness vocal in this song are really good. This is a emotional song, it's about regretting thing you have done to someone you love and you want to change. Look toward the futur in hope to forget the past. One of the great song of this album. Then, [Live Before You Die], to me this is one of the weakest song of the album but I still like it. The last song, [Angels Wings], is by far one of the best on this album. Everything is great in this song, the sound, the vocal and the great lyrics. My second favorite song on this album. Incredible way to end this album.

In conclusion, this album is excellent. I can't barely point out a bad song on it. I think it is a good aspect Social Distortion have work on this album. Trying to make all the song good to listen. I remember some older album that were fill with average songs on it....this is not the case for Sex, Love and Rock'n'Roll. It's maybe not their best album but close to it. We can notice that Social Distortion are still as good as they were back in their best days. A great return for this awesome band.

The Good
-Not a bad song
-Awesome vocal
-Great lyrics
-Really tight
-The song are long

The Bad
-Only 10 songs (but all good + the song are long)
-No political song
-A bit slower than before

Track Review
1. Reach For The Sky 10/10
2. Highway 101 9/10
3. Don't Take Me For Granted 8.5/10
4. Footprints On My Ceiling 8.5/10
5. Nickels And Dime 8.5/10
6. I Wasn't Born To Follow 8/10
7. Winners And Losers 9/10
8. Faithless 8.5/10
9. Live Before You Die 7.5/10
10. Angels Wings 10/10

Recommended Tracks
-Reach For The Sky
-Highway 101
-Don't Take Me For Granted
-Winners and Losers
-Angels Wings

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Comments:Add a Comment 
July 3rd 2005


I really like your style. It's somewhat of a compromise between an overall and Track-by-track review. Neat idea. :thumb:

July 3rd 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you! But I still have difficulty with how to put text in bold or underline. I've tried html but it doesn't seem to work. Any help would be greatly apreciate.

July 3rd 2005


No prob. The text parser uses vB-COde, which is actually quite similar to HTML. Have a look at the link below. It will take you to the vB-Code list of the forums FAQ


July 3rd 2005


ive only heard reach for the sky and it fucking kicksass, i hope the rest is as good

July 3rd 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Thx Damrod!!!

July 3rd 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album. Social Distortion's best. Great Review

July 4th 2005


how long are some of the songs

July 4th 2005


Never liked Social Distortion. They butchered "Death or Glory"

Good review, though

July 4th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

The whole cd is 40 minutes long for 10 songs

Tssss Social Distortion are great I don't care about their cover of The Clash....but thx anyway

August 11th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Brilliant album it was one of my favorites to come out in a long time and it was great to see that Social Distortion still rocks. The messages in the songs are just incredible without relying on using too much symbolism and confusing the listener. It's straight forward meaningful music that has the added benifit of kicking booty.

Great review style, all the coverage of a track-by-track while staying more open to expressing additional information bewteen songs. Boo-ya to you good sir.

August 11th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Their 2nd best, right behind SBHAH.....

Every song is excellent.

August 22nd 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

I love it... have listened to it really often. Favourite track would be "Don't Take Me For Granted". It's true, every song is brilliant.

August 25th 2005


I totally agree with the reviewer that this album is great. It ranks right there with Social D's best. Though slower than say WLWHWT, they still retain their signature sound. One problem with the review: John Maurer was actually on bass, not Matt Freeman. Maurer left the band just after the album had been recorded.This Message Edited On 08.25.05This Message Edited On 08.25.05

August 25th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

corrected, thx

August 26th 2005


no prob

Music Nerd
February 7th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Great album. Great review. I love this album (As I love all Social Distortion albums), I love the song I Wasen't Born to Follow the most. Very inspirational.

February 8th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album! great! got a little slower, more to the rockabilly/blues side than the classic punk sound. still sounds great! My favorite song is Highway 101, because i grew right next to it and everything in the lyrics is true about it! i can really relate to this song.

February 25th 2006


good review, great album, amazing band

April 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

this is a great album. seems like its mike ness saying, "time to sober up."

April 30th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

I was just gonna pick this up but it was $26.99! Yikes. I'll have to wait longer...:upset:

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