An Uneven Effort...
nousefouraname | Omaha, Nebraska United States | 03/29/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album is still better than most bands that claim to be "punk" today; however, it is lacking by Social Distortion's standards. It really seems like this album is a bit lost. It's as if Mike Ness couldn't quite decide what direction he wanted to take his band. It definitely has the beginnings of the Rockabilly sound that would shape the rest of their future albums. Still, you get the feeling like it is not very realized on this album. This album is half "Mommy's Little Monster" and half "Somewhere Between Heaven & Hell" without ever really coming close to either of those albums greatness. It also has a very downbeat feel to it which is probably due to the fact that it's the first album that Social Distortion made in about 4 years due to Mike Ness's battles with drug and alcohol addiction.
This would not be a good starting point for anyone who is new to the band; however, it does have several gems. "Prison Bound" is arguably the single best song the Mike Ness has ever written. Here are the songs that are worth a listen on this album...
-It's The Law