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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but not bad..., August 21, 2012
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This review is from: Last Of A Dyin' Breed (Special Edition) (MP3 Music)
Having been a long-time Lynyrd Skynyrd fan of both the pre-crash and post crash era I was anxious to see how this album would sound with yet another original Skynyrd member gone (Billy Powell).

The album has some "highs and lows".....It starts off very good with the tracks "Last of a Dyin Breed" and "One day at a time". Two well written songs that are performed in good classic Skynyrd style. These songs are definitely the highlights of the album and likely the only songs that will get any play time on tour or radio.

The third song on the album "Homegrown" takes a severe right turn to nowhere. Not sure why or how that song even made the album. Very bad lyrics, terrible flow and nothing that resembles any sign of classic Skynyrd sound. Just killed the momentum that the album started out with. Definitely the worst song on the album.

The bottom line...........if you are a fan of classic Skynyrd sound you will find some love for the tunes "Last of a Dyin' Breed"...."One day at a time" and "Ready to Fly". The rest of the album is just "OK". Nothing really stands out as something you will want to listen to time and time again. The guitars are very heavy and edgy sounding at times and continually drown out Johnny Vanzants voice on some songs. This was never the case with past material. Unfortunately, the signature "dual guitar" sound that many fans crave on many of the classic tunes are not heard much on this album. The loss of Billy Powell is very evident. Those honky-tonk piano solos are sadly gone. Billy was such a huge part in the sound of the band that I knew couldn't be replaced.

"Last of a Dyin Breed" is not a great album, nor is it a bad album. Just somewhere in the middle would be fair judgement. That's why I gave it 3 stars. This album could have easily been a 2-star rating if it had not been for a handful of songs that are good. It also could have been a 4 star rating had all the songs had the same classic style and sound as the first two songs on the album.

I'd like to see Skynyrd continue to tour and do albums but only if they can get back to writing material and produce the sound that brings them back to their classic sound and style. I would like to see them get guys like Ed King back in the fold to at least provide some writing skills. Other similar style musicians like Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr.,Jeff Carlisi would be a good idea to bump ideas for future material providing this isn't the last Skynyrd album we hear.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2012, 4:42:53 PM PDT
Wuchak says:
I don't get your criticism of "Homegrown" as it sounds like a quality southern rock song to me. You say it doesn't resemble the classic Skynyrd sound, but isn't that the point of new music -- try something different while staying within the parameters of the genre? Who wants to hear "Freebird#2"? I don't. I want something new. Remember when Accept tried to remake "Balls to the Wall," their biggest hit by far, with "I Don't Want to Be Like You"? It failed miserably, precisely because it was an obvious rehash.

Also, you forgot to mention "Good Teacher" as one of the standouts.

As far as I'm concerned, with LAST OF A DYING BREED Lynyrd Skynyrd sound healthy & fresh, and faithful at the same time.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012, 12:32:38 PM PST
Steve, I purchased the album efiew weeks ago and found it overall a solid album. I can't agree with your comments at all, it's good for any band to offer something different and change direction as this band has. We must remember it's not the same band as in the 70's which I hear often people say.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013, 5:28:05 PM PST
Just a general reply, not a reply to Emanuel or any sort of rebuttal. I've been a LS fan since longer than I care to admit. yep, gettin' old! Anyhow to my point, the bands name is still "Lynyrd Skynyrd", therefore I am expecting Lynyrd Skynyrd music and this CD just ain't all that. Sorry. Am I saying the entire CD is not good by any stretch of the imagination? Nope. Change the name of the band and I am in line to buy it. Cherish it? No, but purchase it sure. The latest releases by the "travlin' tribute band" don't stand up to their early 1990's records with Ed,Leon,Billy,and Artimus. Since then, and including this CD the music has fallen flat on it's face and is un-inspiring. Heartless, no swagger. RVZ Skynyrd was badass. The music was blow the roof off the coliseum badass. I have no personal agenda against any current members, replacements or senior members. Rossington hasn't played a lick that caught my attention since the pin your ears back solo on "Smokestack lightning". He used to be the signature sound of the band, nowadays he sounds like a lame studio musician. Save your money. Download the title tune for a buck cause it's a catchy southern rocker you can listen to a few times.
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