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Lynyrd Skynyrd - God and Guns
I just love Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lyrically it may be too right winged to some and I do agree on that on a certain level. Coming from the south, the love for the United States runs deep in their veins. Whatever the message they display, they have been responsible for numerous catchy rock tunes since the early seventies. Mostly known in Europe for their perennial hit Sweet home Alabama, they did have an enormous strain of hits in their homecountry. With no doubt their new single tentatively titled ‘Still Unbroken’ will do well. Its parent album Gods and Guns is the first in 6 years. It has been well worth the wait.
Of course there are no real surprises on the album; you don’t expect weird experiments on an AC/DC album either. Or it must be ‘Floyd’ a flirt with psychedelic rock and a great track by the way. A track like the melancholy ‘Unwrite That Song’ sounds like it belongs on a country radio station. It is ballad dealing about bad lyrics. It may raise a few eyebrows, but not a many as ‘That ain’t my America’. It really is a big fuck you to all who is against the U.S. and everybody who is trying to change it. I can’t really blame them for writing this. After all, it is their home and country.  
Lynyrd Skynyrd may be producing happy sounding tunes, their personal history is one of intense tragedy. Their airplane crash of 1977, ended the lives of three of its original members. Earlier this year, keyboard player Billy Powell passed away, leaving guitarist Gary Rossington as the last original member of the band. Powell is however present on the album.
Gods and Guns is simply a great album from the Skynyrd boys. I can’t really pinpoint a highlight as I consider all the tracks great in some way. You just hear the fun and dedication through the music that has been created. If I have to highlight a track it must be Southern Ways. A great sing-along track and you can catch the words to it almost instantaneously. In the bridge of the song, they incorporated the recognisable chord progression from ‘Alabama’. And as strange as it may sound, I can relate in some way to this song as I am myself from the south of Holland. I know the feeling. Could be a reason why I like southern Rock. And about the lyrics, take them with a pinch of salt. As far as I am concerned, one of the best releases of 2009.
Lynyrd Skynyrd - God and Guns
90/1001Details Roadrunner Records
Released on Tuesday Sep 29th, 2009
Southern Rock

Writer @Angel on Sunday Sep 6th, 2009

Tags: #Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tracklisting 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
Line up Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals (1987–present)
Gary Rossington – guitars (1970–1977, 1987–present)
Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals (1970–1971, 1996–present)
Mark Matejka – guitars, backing vocals (2006–present)
Robert Kearns – bass, backing vocals (2009–present)
Michael Cartellone – drums (1999–present)
Peter Pisarczyk – keyboards (2009–present)
Billy Powell keyboards until 2009