Written By: Jeff Markunas
Label: Roadrunner – Rating:
You know ‘em, You love ‘em – Ladies and Gentlemen, Lynyrd Skynyrd!
Yes they may be older, grayer, thinner on top and thicker in the middle, but they can still ROCK. There comes a time in life when that gets hard to do (personal experience); the road is a long and weary grind intended for the young and foolish, not the young- at –heart…
Even stars as meteorically famous as the Stones have been know to hit the wall. Skynyrd has weathered (literally) crash and burn tragedies and managed to emerge, if not unscathed, at least determined to keep on keeping on. At this point in their life/career even a mediocre album would be a triumph.
Fortunately for both you and me, this album aims, shoots and scores – the best metaphoric use of a Gun and the most practical use of an electric guitar I’ve heard as of lately. Listen to the strong performances on “Still Unbroken,” “Skynyrd Nation” (Thank God for Les Pauls and Gibson Explorers) and “Comin’ Back For More.” Skynyrd may not be as intricate as the famous 3 guitar attack of the past, but they rock with an extremely mature sense of power that only experience can bring. These guys ain’t no beginners so they have the experience to play up their strengths and blur their flaws.
Overall, God & Guns is a prime example of old school Southern Rock craftsmanship as smooth and sweet as Southern Comfort but… JOHNNY – Lighten up, Dude! Since my last column I’ve decided to ‘dispense’ with dispensing free advice, so Johnny – I’ll be billing you.
I’ve spent a lifetime challenging all comers to “out cynic” me, so listen up: Nobody is trying to take your Gun or your God! We all became musicians for only one fundamental reason – The Music – everything else will pass. Politics and Times change, only Music remains so all YOU have to do is Keep On Rockin’.
Rock Bottom Line:
True Masters of their genre, proving their merit and their grit, marred only slightly by pop philosophy and politics.
Overall it’s good to have the boys back in town!
CWG Rating: 3.5 Guns