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Vicious Cycle

4.1 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 17 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0000996IO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Having been a fan of their pre-plane crash material, I was always a little skeptical of Lynyrd Skynyrd's latest line up. Would they be able to live up to the early and mid-70's legacy? This is an important band and I wanted to make sure "Vicious Cycle" was worth the money. How can you top "Sweet Home Alabama" or "Gimme Three Steps"?
Well, a month or so ago I caught the video for "Red, White & Blue" on GAC (Great American Country), the country music video channel. I was immediately impressed. It didn't top the early material but I thought vocalist Johnny Van Zant was actually pretty good and the lyrics were patriotic in nature. I dug it right away.
That song alone got my attention ... enough to get me to pick up "Vicious Cycle." Well folks, it's an excellent album. The opening track, "That's How I Like It" is a working class rocker while "Dead Man Walkin'" takes a look at justice and the death penalty. The guitar work here really impressed me. Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and Hughie Thomasson lay it on thick and heavy at times, while mellowing out on other tracks like "Life's Lessons."
Like others here, I wasn't too impressed with the remake of "Gimme Back My Bullets," featuring redneck rapper Kid Rock. It's an interesting version, but I would've left it for some future B-sides collection.
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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.
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This CD is just simply great. It's the best album that Skynyrd has put out since the tragic plane crash. If you're a huge Lynyrd Skynyrd fan and have not heard this album, let me tell you, it's great! Be prepared because it's a little more "Punk" or "Hard Rock" than the original Skynyrd material, but it's still an awesome album. When I first got it, my favorites were "That's How I Like It", "Red White And Blue", and "Lucky Man". I just loved these songs so much that I couldn't find room for the others for awhile. But now, all of the others have grown on me. My other favorites are "Dead Man Walkin'", "Hell Or Heaven", "The Way", "Crawl" and "Life's Lessons". As another reviewer mentioned, I like the original version of "Gimme Back My Bullets" so much that I don't really need a remix, but that track sounds alright. Hopefully the previous reviewer has learned that you should check the tracklist on the back of a CD before buying it, instead of just assuming that it's a greatest hits album. This album is just great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I too am a die hard Lynyrd Skynrd fan and have been for over twenty years. With the release of Vicious Cycle the new incarnation has finally hit their stride and are producing true Skynyrd songs. I have read most of the reviews from the naysayers complaining that this is not the original LS and they shouldnot be using the name. To these people I have to say - grow up and let it go. If these people are true LS fans they would accept the fact that any band changes over the years. This applies to the members and the music. I don't believe that the new lineup is that much different than the original in the quality of thier music. I would suggest that these naysayers listen to the albums by the original group in order of release and pay attention. You will notice that their sound did indeed change. Their first few albums were rough and unpolished, much the same as the new lineup. With Vicious Cycle LS has found the roots of what makes this band (any incarnation) the legend that they truly are. They make no holds barred, too bad if you don't agree,take no crap music that everybody can relate too. They write songs that deal with everyday issues such as patriotism (Red, White, and Blue),political decisions, defending your loved ones regardless of the consequences (Dead Man Walking), and simply enjoying life to the max (That's The Way I Like It). This band has finally clicked within itself, and has stopped trying to make music to please everybody. They have gone back to the original formula of making music that they like and can be proud of. I for one think they have succeeded. We cannot live in the past nor can any band make the same music they did twenty years ago. This album from start to finish is worthy of the Lynyrd Skynyrd name and deserves to be right beside the originals.Read more ›
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