Social Distortion: "Cold Feelings" (Epic). The subjectivity--the passion and flair--in this well-scarred L.A. punk combo's songs is easy to miss, because the thrash 'n' burn sound and Mike Ness' flagellant vocals--he might as well have "Born to Lose" tattooed on the insider of his throat--are so utterly generic. Every tune begins with a promise that you've heard it all before. But there's a weariness here, a fury reduced to a twitch, that puts you in touch with a particular person, the singer, not someone you'd meet anywhere else. Ness throws his words over his shoulder as if that way he could actually get rid of what they say; the band throws them back. "Try to separate my body from my mind," he says, having long since seen through the paradox and still not caring that what he wants can't be done. He keeps saying it, and after a minute or two everything our nation's film critics say happens in Bad Lieutenant happens here. Not only do you look all the way into someone else's broken mirror, you care what you see.
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|Article Type:||Sound Recording Review|
|Date:||Mar 1, 1993|
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