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Social Distortion

Social Distortion

Social Distortion

1990

Themes of lost youth, regret, heartbreak, hard times, and nostalgia permeate throughout Social Distortion's breakthrough self-titled album.  There's a certain grit and sincerity in Mike Ness's singing on these songs, a certain longing and urgency in his delivery.  Listening to this album puts you in the shoes of a guy who had lived a fun but hard life, as he reminisces about old flames, old friends, some living, some dead, and the ups and downs of life that he conveys in incredibly relatable terms.  This is a bittersweet album about growing older and looking back, with a heartfelt sense of regret as well as fondness for days passed.  Not only that, but did I mention virtually all the songs are catchy as hell?  There are more than a few classic pop-punk tunes to be found on Social Distortion, such as the reflective "Story of My Life" and the longing "Ball In Chain".  But these two classics are surrounded by several solid songs in their own right, many of which convey the same sense of nostalgia and grit as the album's two most popular tracks.  This is just a great album, a heartfelt album that really clicks on all cylinders: it rocks, it's gritty, it's catchy, it's earnest, and it's real.  It effectively captures and channels the raw emotions and feelings associated with lost youth in a uniquely sincere and earnest way.  A great album.

9.0

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