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Lynyrd Skynyrd 2012 play classic rock with modern twists. Loud, growling guitars, more heavy than southern, dominate the soundscape, with "Homegrown" sounding like a contemporary hard rock band with a lock on the radio waves. "Ready To Fly" starts at the piano and builds into a full-band anthem, with the back-up vocals filling in the chorus with the experience of true veterans. Gary Rossington may be the only original member from the early days, but Johnny Van Zant never forgets that brother Ronnie's ghost lurks in everything they do. "Mississippi Blood" echoes their roots in the blues before steamrolling everything in sight. Rickey Medlocke has proven a strong guitar foil for the band and his muscled leads can be heard driving "Good Teacher." Former Marilyn Manson guitarist, John 5, returns for the politically charged "Nothing Comes Easy." The album's Special Edition is noteworthy for including four bonus cuts as strong, if not stronger, than the tunes on the proper album, with "Poor Man's Dreams," the juke piano rocker "Do It Up Right" and the moody "Sad Song" further leading the charge.

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Best post RONNIE recording ever !!!!!
Bout time

Classic Skynyrd sound...

These songs have the same "travelin', playin' our songs, & good old days" recipe that has continued to work for all incarnations of this band. This collection of songs seems to have more of the Medlocke/Blackfoot influence and sound than the others since 1991. A worthy purchase!

Last of A Dying Breed

The first few albums cut by the "New Lyynyrd Skynyrd" following their reemergence with a new lineup years after Ronnie's death were rather bland and weak. Predictable and plodding, these records broke no new ground and only served to weaken the Skynyrd brand. When Hughie Thommason joined the band, he seemed to infuse a harder, nastier, more contemporary southern rock sound into the mix, and the albums seemed to evolve and improve from "Twenty" through "Viscious Cycle" to the point where, contrary to popular notion, Lynyrd Skynyrd was once again a force to be reackoned with on the southern rock scene. Following Hughie's departure from the band (and untimely death), the following album "God and Guns" maintained the hard and mean guitar work, and the lyrics, while hardly approaching art, still matched the music's intensity. That is why the new album "Last of a Dying Breed" is such a disappointment. Far from the last of a dying breed, Skynyrd has joined the ranks of pop-country both lyrically and musically (okay, so the guitars are turned up just a bit louder). Of course, this album will probably sell more copies than their previous four, but it pales in comparison musically. Gone are the hard-edged guitar works blazing new paths, replaced by predictable and entirely boring writing that, if toned down just a bit, and combined with a fiddle or two, would be perfect fodder for commercial country. Makes me wanna gag....


Formed: 1965 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Lynyrd Skynyrd was the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious Southern image and a hard rock swagger. Skynyrd never relied on the jazzy improvisations of the Allman Brothers. Instead, they were a hard-living, hard-driving rock & roll band -- they may have jammed endlessly on-stage, but their music remained firmly entrenched in blues, rock, and country. For many, Lynyrd Skynyrd's redneck image tended to obscure the songwriting skills of their leader,...
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