I thought that the new Skynyrd stuff would suck... but when I saw them live last year they played three songs of their new albums, and to my surprise I really liked them. They played "Pick 'em Up", "That's How I Like It", and "Red White and Blue." Of coarse i liked the old stuff better, but I figured I'd give this new stuff a try. I was hesitant to buy the album but gave in, and I'm glad that i did. Although it can't be compared to the original Skynyrd stuff, it's still really good southern rock. It's a hell of a lot better then most of the crap that's out there today, and it should have gotten more radio play. It's heavier than original skynyrd sound, and puts a new twist on southern rock. Johny's voice sounds great on it, and they still have the 3-guitar-army-sound with great solos.
The best song on the album in my opinion is "Life's Lessons", the longest song at about 6 minutes. It's a great balland and is placed perfectly as the second to last song on the album. (I don't count Kid Rock's "gimme back my bullets" as a track, that shouldn't have been included on the CD.) Most of the songs are around 5 minutes long, which gives a classic feel because you rarely see long songs these days. I think the album is one of the best of the last 15 years. It deserves to be known. If you're hesitant to give the new Skynyrd a shot, just go ahead and by this album. You'll be pleasanly surprised.