If you asked me fifteen years ago if I thought that Mike Ness would still be blasting it out with Social Distortion, I’d say you were crazy. No, I would have told you that he would more likely be locked up or in the ground. Good thing I’d have been wrong. 1997’s White Light, White Heat, White Trash was a turning point for the band. It finally found a balance for Ness’s need to amalgamate the dirty, evil aspects of country music with the energy of punk rock. It started with Prison Bound and has been perfected with Sex, Love & Rock n Roll. The album has everything that a Social Distortion fan could possibly want. Hot, angst ridden punk blasts. Slow, drawn out angst ridden rockers… well, there’s a lot of angst all around. The tunes here manage to pull you down to the deepest despair and elevate you with an amazing sense of hope almost simultaneously. I know I can tell a good record when I get a chill down my spine when I listen to it. This record just might be the best rock’n’roll record of the year.
–ty (Time Bomb)