Lynyrd Skynyrd certainly do not sound like they’re dying, but they are one of the last great Southern Rock bands. Their songwriting is clever and their guitars are still great. Interestingly, a couple of songs on this album remind me of Nickelback… probably an indication that they have been trying to make their songs more modern while hanging on to their trademark sound.
I really like Melissa Etheridge’s music. I especially enjoy her voice, as it at times reminds me of Janis Joplin. But this album was a let down… it lacks the energy of her earlier works and is full of silly rhymes. She even uses the “shake it like a Polaroid” line in one of her songs, which to me is an indication that not a whole lot of effort was put into creating the powerful lyrics we all know she is capable of writing.
This is my favorite album among all that I have ever listened to or owned. We find a variety of genres in here — from opera to country to heavy metal to ballads. The 2011 remaster brings the sound of this album to life… we can now hear details that were inaudible in previous releases. If at all possible, buy the 24-bit/48KHz version!