January 21, 2011
New Albums: The Decemberists and Social Distortion
The Decemberists – The King is Dead
The King is Dead is the sixth studio album from The Decemberists, and it comes almost two years after their previous (and highest-Billboard-charting) album, The Hazards of Love. Since their first album in 2001, The Decemberists have slowly and steadily been gaining followers who hope to push the band to the top.
The new album contains ten new tracks, and they’re very movie soundtrack-sounding. (I consider that to be a good thing.) When you listen to “June Hymn” you can just see yourself driving down the California coast like someone from the 60s in your driving scarf and oversized sunglasses. Too far? Well anyway, check out The King is Dead!
Social Distortion – Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
Social Distortion has been around since 1978 and they’ve been active in the music scene ever since. Their last album, Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll was their highest Billboard-charting album yet, peaking at #31 on the chart in 2004. Now they’re back with a new album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes and eleven new tracks to go with it.
You’d be surprised that Social Distortion has been around for so long, because their music on this new album sounds current and interesting. You can definitely hear bits and pieces of classic rock in there (and even some 80s), but it’s not distracting and it’s not stale. Listen to “California” and you’ll know what I mean. Check out the new album now!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am