“Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes” builds on singer Mike Ness’ twin footings, one in the haunted American landscapes of Hank Williams and the other in the raw swagger of “Exile”-era Rolling Stones. While these twin pillars have always been behind Social Distortion’s anthemic songs, on “Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes” they come roaring to the fore, in one of the hardest rocking, most soulful albums of Ness’ career. For fans of The Gaslight Anthem, Rancid, Bad Religion, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Tiger Army. Vinyl version includes two additional tracks.
(Epitaph Records)