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Southern Rockers - Still Unbroken!,
This review is from: God And Guns (Audio CD)
Lynyrd Skynyrd return with one of the albums of the year and possibly the best produced, courtesy of Bob Martlette.
The album kicks off with the stonking Still Unbroken surely a contender for Song of the Year. Johnny Van Zant's vocals are simply awesome on this track and throughout the whole album. This was the pre-release track from the album and I was concerned that the rest of the album would not be as good.
Simple Life is a more laid back track than the opener and is one of several tracks with a real country feel to it.
Little Thing Called You swings the album back in a heavier vain similar to the opening track with a more southern feel to it.
Southern Ways is typical Southern Rock with that country feel to it similar To Bruce Hornsby & The Range.
Skynyrd Nation is great stadium rock feelgood track.
Unwrite That Song is very country & western and would not be out of place on an American Country Radio Station. Still a great track, yeah hah!
Floyd which features Rob Zombie on backing vocals is pure gator-rock and a million miles away from the previous track. Real cool track - it's a swamp thang!
One thing you have to ignore, embrace or simply smile to is the pro-American (Republican) feel running throughout the whole album. This is none more prevalent than in That Ain't My America with its Poison feel to it.
Comin' Back For More has a harder edge to it and features a stonking chorus.
The title track God & Guns is pure confederate bliss and makes the listener want to pick up a Bible and a Smith & Wesson in equal measures. The song begins acoustically and slowly builds to a frenetic climax with guitars blazing in all directions!
The Storm Will Pass is more a straight forward track but still maintaining that Southern feel courtesy of some great backing vocals.
Final track Gifted Hands is a great power ballad that pays homage to past members and features some superb guitar soloing.
The bonus disc features three live classic tracks: Red, White & Blue, Call Me The Breeze and Sweet Home Alabma and three new tracks: Bang Bang, Raining In My Heartland & Hobo Kinda Man. The latter are all what I would describe as album-fillers and not up to the high standard of the main album. Whoever made the decision to leave these tracks off was inspired as well as the running order of the twelve tracks - near perfection.
With the excepetion of Kiss this is one album I would not have expected to finish in my Top 10 of 2009. Every style of Southern Rock is covered on this album yet it seamlessly flows from track to track. Lynyrd Skynyrd might only have one original member, Gary Rossington, but with God & Guns they have kept the spirit of the original group and brought then very much into the 21st Century.