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Not great but not bad...
, August 21, 2012
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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