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Vicious Cycle - Viciously Thrown Into The New Millenium
on 5 August 2003
This album marks Lynyrd Skynyrd's 30 year anniversary, and does not disappoint in any way for lynyrd skynyrd fans. After the massive success of 'Freebird' all those many years ago, and with a lot of band members unfortunately gone to a better place, Johnny, Ronnie's brother, succesfully manages to hurl the new image Lynyrd Skynyrd into a progression of their older work. The album starts with 'Thats How I Like It' which is much heavier than any stuff I've ever heard from them. For the tradionalists amongst you out there, this may be a bad thing, but for the other people who like to move forward and other youngsters like myself, this is a brilliant new sound. Johnny's rougher voice certainly adds a hard edge to their music whilst Gary Rossington still provides the guitar brilliance that made Lynyrd Skynyrd a household name in the seventies. Other favourites of mine include 'Pick 'Em Up' and 'The Way', whilst 'Red, White and Blue' (A Patriotic American song - 'Different' lyrics) starts off slowly but finishes magnificently. The letdown for me is 'All Funked Up', which is a little too heavy for my liking, but could be liked if you are into that sort of thing. The album is not all modern, though, with songs such as 'Hell or Heaven' and 'Crawl' giving an 80's rock feel (They still work, though). Usually, towards the end of an album, 'filler' tracks can let it down, but 'Vicious Cycle' finishes just as strong with 'Jake' and a 6-minute 'Life's Lesson'. 'Lucky Man' has a more acoustic sound to it and a re-make of their old song 'Gimme Back My Bullets', featuring Kid Rock, certainly finishes off the album superbly and shows just how much they have progressed over the years. This album has helped me to convert my friends to the Skynyrd side and has pretty much constantly been in my CD player for the past few months. You MUST buy this album. Fantastic.