"Last of a Dyin' Breed" (Roadrunner; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Play some Skynyrd! Yeah, you've heard it said before -- well, there's a reason. Skynyrd has been around for a long time and they've got plenty of hits to keep them in heavy rotation on the classic rock stations but these Southern boys aren't ones to rest on their laurels. This is their thirteenth disc and they've updated their sound to meet the current Southern rock fans request. Its still Skynyrd and this disc might sound a little more countrified because it's slowed down in a few parts but the music is still great and the songs tell a story, just like you'd expect 'em to.

Familiar names such as Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Michael Cartellone still help to round out the band. John 5 even helped out on this disc and it's good to see them embrace guitar playing outside of their normal circle. The solos are solid and anybody wanting to learn some gritty guitar should grab the tablature to a few of these songs.

Most of the time you can tell how a song is going to play out. If it starts with a tough riff expect a grooving song. It's how Skynyrd has keep their sound traditional while continuing to update from then till now. Lynyrd Skynyrd doesn't get too political, but you can tell their Southern hospitality extends to those who need help because they've earned it. This disc has bonus tracks beyond the eleven that are offered.

It's Skynyrd. Grab the extra Southern fried guitar and a 24-pack of your favorite brew and invite the kin over. This is the reason the South was invented.

Download these tracks: "Last of a Dyin' Breed," "Homegrown," "Ready To Fly," "Good Teacher," "Nothing Comes Easy," "Honey Hole," and "Poor Man's Dream."

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Johnny Van Zant lead vocals, Gary Rossington guitars, Rickey Medlocke guitars, Michael Cartellone drums, Johnny Colt bass, Mark Matejka guitars, Peter Keys keyboards, John Lowery (aka "John 5") additional guitar.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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