Sound — 9
I just read another reveiw on this album which seems to suggest that it isn't that good..I got the album on a day before it was actually realsed, because HMV sold it on the 28th instead of the 29th for some reason. Also I got a two disc version of it. disc two just contains three live songs and three other songs. You cannot listen to this album and then compare it to what Lynyrd Skynyrd used to be like because the line-up has changed so much. The album is more headed towards harder rock (not saying it is hard rock - just harder than is expected from Lynyrd Skynyd) which I think is excelent. Not all the songs are harder than old syknyrd such as gifted hands unwrite that song. There is one song on the album however, southern ways, which sounds like a bad copy of Sweet Home Alabama. It gets a 9/10 because of the bad copy of Sweet Home Alabama.
Lyrics — 10
Gifted Hands - One of the least obvious important lyric is when it says " he played the BIRD, he played it for FREE" and anyone can see that they intentionally had those words so close together to refer to thier best ever song, in my opinion, free bird. In Simple Life the lyrics speek about how he likes to spend time with his familly. God & Guns - this is all about how people (Maybe including Lynrd Skynrd) in Alabama live. For you probably know that Alabama is a very religous country. that explains the God part. Guns comes from the way that in Alabama lots of people have guns. They carry them to shoot sign posts and grizzly bears which attack them. there are many more Christian and other important lyrics thorugh the album. Over all I'd say the lyrics are very good as is the singer, Johnny van Zant.
Overall Impression — 10
When uncle listened to it he compared it to Bruce Springsteen. I can kind of see what he is saying but there is a big difference between the two. However, his tone whilst singing is more or less the same. I wouldn't be able to say what song was the best on the album because they are all great. So I shall list them and rate them out of ten and comment on some. Still Unbroken - 8/10 Simple Life - 9/10 little Thing Called You - 8/10 Southern Ways - 7/10 Skynyrd Nation - 7/10 -this is the worst but is still amazing. Unwrite That Song - 10/10 - one of the best Floyd - 10/10 - kind of a scary song. about a guy called floyd who had a lab which two old dogs never came out the same way of. also all the peole apparantly say aye aye aye and the floyds gone home. Also competes for the top spot. That Ain't My America - 9.5/10 - really good Comin' Back For More - 10/10 - the hardest song on the album. God & Guns - 8/10 Storm - 9/10 - the singing sounds like the singing in Wishing Well by Free Gifted Hands - 10/10 - I have persuaded my Church to use this during one of thier sevices. Disc two (when I say this is the worst/best song on disc one I have not compared them to this CD because disc 1 is better) Bang Bang - 7/10 Raining in my heartland - 10/10 - should be on disc 1 Hobo Kinda Man - 6.75/10 Red, White and Blue (Live) - 9/10 Call Me The Breeze (Live) - 8/10 Sweet Home Alabama (Live) - 8/10 - no where near as good as the proper version.