God & Guns

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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 then 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. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

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Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.19
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.39 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0001686178592
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1. Still Unbroken
2. Simple Life
3. Little Thing Called You
4. Southern Ways
5. Skynyrd Nation
6. Unwrite That Song
7. Floyd
8. That Ain't My America
9. Comin' Back For More
10. God & Guns
11. Storm
12. Gifted Hands
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Customer review by billyk123

5.0 stars by billyk123

the lyrics are terrific. the music is pounding.skynyrd still rocks on.hope next year they come close to home on tour.the tribute song to billy, gifted hands , is hauntingly fabulous.

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Skynyrd
11/26/2010

Customer review by Shopper36265

5.0 stars by Shopper36265

I order God and Guns for a gift because we are huge Skynyrd fans. We went to the God and Guns concert and really loved it. We didn't hear all the songs of course that were on this disc during the concert, but have listened to them over and over now. Its awesome!

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Jacksonville, Alabama
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Amazing!
8/9/2011

Customer review by RCA77

5.0 stars by RCA77

I got it a little after it came out and I listened to it and it was amazing.I think Johnny did really good and I'm a fan of the new drummer from one of his last bands.It's their best album yet.

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