First album in four years from survivors of star-crossed Southern rock behemoth

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Lynryd Skynryd – Vicious Cycle

With the death of bassist Leon Wilkeson during the making of this 30th anniversary album, the Skynryd line-up now includes just three original members. Vocalist Johnny Van Zant keeps his brother’s legacy alive on raw-throated redneck anthems like “Red, White And Blue”. But it’s just one of many examples of a slightly sad, shamelessly stuck-in-the-mud approach. The ham heroics of the music and the credentials-obsessed lyrics are well beyond parody. The stench of too many nights on the sour mash, dreaming of Confederate glory, looms large.