Last of a Dyin' Breed

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Defiance runs deep in Lynyrd Skynyrd's DNA but 2012's Last of a Dyin' Breed finds the veteran Southern rockers hunkering down, emphasizing their old-fashioned outlaw ways. All the recognizable redneck rebel sentiments are here -- it's all god, guns, Southern girls, and sweet tea -- but Skynyrd's signature sound is absent. In this, their third act, the kings of Southern rock have cut out the country and boogie, leaving behind a heavy-booted blues grind and churning hard rock -- sounds that signify the modern South even if they're not classically Southern rock. And that fits for this incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd. They may flirt with fleeting references to their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Defiance runs deep in Lynyrd Skynyrd's DNA but 2012's Last of a Dyin' Breed finds the veteran Southern rockers hunkering down, emphasizing their old-fashioned outlaw ways. All the recognizable redneck rebel sentiments are here -- it's all god, guns, Southern girls, and sweet tea -- but Skynyrd's signature sound is absent. In this, their third act, the kings of Southern rock have cut out the country and boogie, leaving behind a heavy-booted blues grind and churning hard rock -- sounds that signify the modern South even if they're not classically Southern rock. And that fits for this incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd. They may flirt with fleeting references to their past -- the first verse of "Good Teacher" recalling "The Ballad of Curtis Loew," the soaring soul-speckled ballad "Ready to Fly" a distant cousin of "Freebird" -- but Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington, and Rickey Medlocke aren't in this game just to revive past glories; they're engaging with the modern world, co-opting the leaden stripper rock of Nickelback for "Homegrown," once again bringing back former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 for a cameo, and writing a Tea Party anthem in "Nothing Comes Easy." Certainly, Skynyrd are making sturdy, old-time rock & roll for an audience that's likely peppered with Tea Partiers, the kind of Middle American worried that the world they knew is slipping away, and Last of a Dyin' Breed provides a bit of a rallying point for them: it's true to their roots but living in the moment. If Skynyrd sound a little less nimble than they used to, chalk it up not to age but to the conscious decision to play everything heavier than before; without elements of the backwoods, they're dogged rockers, happy to carry the torch they lit nearly four decades ago even if it doesn't burn as bright as it once did.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861764425
  • Catalog Number: 176442
  • Sales rank: 50,788

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lynyrd Skynyrd Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Musician
Carol Chase Group Member
Chip Davis Musician
Michael Cartellone Group Member
Johnny Colt Group Member
Dale Krantz-Rossington Group Member
Mark Matejka Group Member
Greg Morrow Drums
Gary Rossington Group Member
Johnny Van Zant Group Member
John 5 Musician
Mike Brignadello Bass
Peter Keys Group Member
Rickey Medlocke Group Member
Stacey Michelle Plunk Musician
Technical Credits
Lynyrd Skynyrd Executive Producer
Audley Freed Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Bob Marlette Composer, Producer, Engineer
Mark Matejka Composer
Gary Rossington Composer
Johnny Van Zant Composer
Donnie Van Zant Composer
Tom Hambridge Composer
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Dan Serafini Composer
Blair Daly Composer
John 5 Composer
Marlon Young Composer
Chris Robertson Composer
Jaren Johnston Composer
Jon Lawhon Composer
Chris Marlette Pro-Tools
Lisa Parade String Arrangements
Rickey Medlocke Composer
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