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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With their classic early lineup, anchored by the swagger, grit, and heart of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd merged Allman Brothers guitars with barrelhouse piano (courtesy of keyboardist Billy Powell, a bigger part of Skynyrd's classic sound than most people realize), then tossed in a big dose of hard rock attitude and gave it all credence with a kind of blustering and cocky honky tonk sensibility. The original band just sounded so, well, right, and if its legacy in most casual listeners' minds is just "Sweet Home Alabama" and the ubiquitous "Free Bird," that's not a bad legacy to have, really. Skynyrd's story is also a gothic Southern tragedy, haunted by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With their classic early lineup, anchored by the swagger, grit, and heart of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd merged Allman Brothers guitars with barrelhouse piano (courtesy of keyboardist Billy Powell, a bigger part of Skynyrd's classic sound than most people realize), then tossed in a big dose of hard rock attitude and gave it all credence with a kind of blustering and cocky honky tonk sensibility. The original band just sounded so, well, right, and if its legacy in most casual listeners' minds is just "Sweet Home Alabama" and the ubiquitous "Free Bird," that's not a bad legacy to have, really. Skynyrd's story is also a gothic Southern tragedy, haunted by fatal plane crashes and death, and if the 21st century version of the band (current membership includes ex-Blackfoot guitarist Rickey Medlocke, drummer Michael Cartellone, vocalist Johnny Van Zant, and guitarist Gary Rossington, who is the only member left from the original version of Skynyrd) seems more like a facsimile than a continuation, one could chalk it up to pure attrition. So what to make of God & Guns, the group's new album from Roadrunner Records? It certainly sounds like Lynyrd Skynyrd, maybe with a little more contemporary Nashville on board, and there's plenty of that Southern redneck rocker attitude on display. The lead single, "Still Unbroken," is a fine song, "Southern Ways" has a certain charm (maybe because it's essentially a slowed-down rewrite of "Sweet Home Alabama" using the same riff as an anchor), and "Floyd" has some ragged atmosphere going for it, but there's nothing as memorable as "Free Bird" here, but it's probably not fair to ask this version of the band to compete with its own past. This is Skynyrd in the 21st century, nothing more, nothing less, and they still rock hard. That part of the legacy is still intact. [This limited Special Edition adds a second disc of bonus tracks, including live versions of J.J. Cale's "They Call Me the Breeze" and "Sweet Home Alabama."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861785956
  • Catalog Number: 178595
  • Sales rank: 60,850

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Still Unbroken (5:06)
  2. 2 Simple Life (3:17)
  3. 3 Little Thing Called You (3:58)
  4. 4 Southern Ways (3:48)
  5. 5 Skynyrd Nation (3:52)
  6. 6 Unwrite That Song (3:50)
  7. 7 Floyd (4:03)
  8. 8 That Ain't My America (3:44)
  9. 9 Comin' Back for More (3:28)
  10. 10 God & Guns (5:44)
  11. 11 Storm (3:15)
  12. 12 Gifted Hands (5:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bang Bang (3:10)
  2. 2 Raining in My Heartland (3:54)
  3. 3 Hobo Kinda Man (3:53)
  4. 4 Red White & Blue (5:42)
  5. 5 Call Me the Breeze (5:49)
  6. 6 Sweet Home Alabama (6:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lynyrd Skynyrd Primary Artist
Technical Credits
J.J. Cale Composer
Robert Dennis Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Ed King Composer
Bob Marlette Composer, Producer, Engineer
Rick Medlocke Composer
Gary Rossington Composer
Hughie Thomasson Composer
Johnny Van Zant Composer
Donnie Van Zant Composer
Ronnie Van Zant Composer
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Trey Bruce Composer, Producer, Engineer
Kyle Davis Drum Technician
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Blair Daly Composer
Ken Levitan Personal Manager
Brad Warren Composer
Brett Warren Composer
John 5 Composer
Tom Fischer Road Manager
David Cheek Audio Technician
Ross Schilling Personal Manager
Brian Evors Stage Manager
Troy Grubb Electrician
Tony Mullins Composer
Travis Meadows Composer
Mark Stephen Jones Composer
William Morris Booking
Chris Marlette Digital Editing
Lisa Parade Arranger
Rob Dennis Producer
Jimmy Daniels Engineer
Rob Robinson Engineer
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