With White Light, White Heat, White Trash, Social Distortion made a conscious attempt to cash in on the alternative "revolution" of the early '90s." Underneath the layers of glossy hard rock production, the band still hold fast to some of their punk roots, but too often they sound like a heavy hard rock band. Of course, that commercial sheen is intentional -- it's the only way they could appeal to the legions of post-grunge alternative fans who appeared since Social Distortion released Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell in 1991. The problem is, the band doesn't deliver enough songs to justify the production. Mike Ness still wails away and growls out confessional lyrics, but too often they are ham-fisted and clichéd, much like the music that supports them. The band sounds tight and muscular, but the songs have few hooks to make them memorable. In trying to appeal to a wider audience, Social Distortion have lost much of their identity on White Light, White Heat, White Trash. ~ Stephen Thomas ErlewineR 7263
Performance CreditsSocial Distortion Primary Artist
Technical CreditsMick Jagger Composer
Michael Beinhorn Producer
Chuck Biscuits Contributor
Keith Richards Composer
John Maurer Contributor
Mike Ness Art Direction
John Travis Engineer
Giulio Costanzo Art Direction
Jolie Clemens Art Direction
Kalynn Campbell Illustrations
White Light White Heat White Trash based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Though a little more toned down than some of thier other albums, Social Distortion still delivers great music that no other band can offer.
Make no mistake, Social Distortion rocks and all their CDS are great but in my humble opinion this is their best recording. SD combines heartfelt lyrics with killer guitar riffs to produce great adrenaline rushing music that speaks to the soul.