Vicious Cycle

Vicious Cycle

by Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd
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Having endured the loss of yet another bandmember with the passing of original bassist Leon Wilkeson, Skynyrd picks up the pieces yet again and delivers the goods the way only it can. Lyrically, the band hasn't stretched out its list of topics in any new directions, but quite honestly, who cares? This is Skynyrd. This isn't music to study to or scratch your chin by -- this isn't the soundtrack to relaxing nights sipping instant coffee and talking about deep feelings. This is homegrown music that's about partying and rock & roll, with a little bit of contemplative soul-searching mixed in for good measure. The music is still top-notch, probably the best it's been since the early '90s. And while the obvious absence of Ronnie VanZant will forever haunt the group like a bad plague, his brother has more than adequately been up to the task -- filling those giant shoes with the same passionate dirt and grit in his vocals as Ronnie did all those years ago. The band is the same, still rocking harder than most even after all these years. And for once the phrase "bonus track" lives up to that title; a duet of "Gimme Back My Bullets" between Skynyrd and nu-metal spokesman of the moment Kid Rock is simply the icing on the cake. Easily Skynyrd's best work in years and a welcome return to form for one of rock's most treasured assets.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0060768461024
catalogNumber: 84610

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Kid Rock   Vocals
Carol Chase   Background Vocals
Billy Powell   Bass,Keyboards
Eric Darken   Percussion
Michael Cartellone   Drums
Chris Dunn   Trombone
John Hobbs   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Sam Levine   Tenor Saxophone
Rick Medlocke   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gordon Mote   Hammond Organ
Nashville String Machine   Track Performer
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Gary Rossington   Guitar
Brent Rowan   tiple
Hughie Thomasson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Johnny Van Zant   Vocals
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Leon Wilkeson   Bass
Tom Hambridge   Vocal Harmony
Jim Hobbs   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Dale Rossington   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Vocal Harmony
Melody Crittendon   Vocal Harmony
Brad Warren   Vocal Harmony
Brett Warren   Vocal Harmony
Chris Rollo   Guitar
Ean Evans   Bass
Rob Robinson   Guitar,Percussion

Technical Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Producer
Allen Collins   Composer
Kevin Elson   Engineer
Ben Fowler   Producer,Engineer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Tom Howard   String Arrangements
Robert White Johnson   Composer
Rick Medlocke   Composer,Producer
Nalli   Executive Producer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Chris Rowe   Engineer
Hughie Thomasson   Composer
Johnny Van Zant   Composer
Donnie Van Zant   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Townes Van Zant   Composer
Cindy Rich   Groomer
Blair Daly   Composer
Steve Crowder   Sound Effects
Brad Warren   Composer
Greg Motycka   Engineer
Traci Goudie   Art Direction
Rob Robinson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
James Peterik   Composer

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Vicious Cycle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not only the best Skynyrd Album since the classic lineup but it may just be the best Skynyrd ever. Superb song writing and gritty performances by all and new sounds never before heard on a Skynyrd album make this a must have for any Rock 'N' Roll fan. Driving guitars, beautiful melodies and great lyrics about life's lessons, the simple things in life and stories the way only Skynyrd can tell them make this CD simply the best CD I have heard in years!! Many of us thought we would never hear a Skynyrd this good again after the crash. Wrong!! Simply an amazing effort by a bunch of very gifted musicians. 70+ minutes of great song after great song. The songs on this CD were picked from a crop of 60 and narrowed down to 15. It shows. I'd give it six stars if I could. Ronnie would be so very proud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank God they are still together (Ronnie we miss you). This album is cover to cover good.Take your time boys and put em out when you know they are right, cause ya still got it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great album it the best they had since the classic day of ronnie, johnny is coming into his on and he sounds great the song red white and blue is great and so is the song jake all of them are great album
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this album! ever since i got it, i can't stop playing it. Skynyrd is back and better than ever. filled with hard-power songs as well as slow songs to get to people, this album is so great that no one can honestly say that they don't love at least one song. this cd is one that everyone can love
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just picked up vicious cycle and it just blew me away,it just doesn`t get any better.Ijust can`t stop playing it,I`ve always like Lynrd Skynyrd,and have really liked Johnny Van Zant.This is got to be the best cd I`ve heard in a long time,rock music is gotten so bad lately that I`am listening to more blues and country music the taleant just is`nt there.Thanks for a great cd that I`am proud to have.Hope to hear more of the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great album.It has good heavy songs like 'all funked up'and Jake, real good powerballads like 'hell or heaven' 'crawl' and 'red, white and blue',but my favorites is 'dead man walking' a bluesy number with plenty of slideguitar and 'pick em up' where both johnny and rickey sings. But there are so many good songs on this album so i think you find your own favorites! SWEDE
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd its defiantly one of my favorite skynyrd albums and it blew me away. We all miss Ronnie but Jonnie is doin a fine job. ROCK ON!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Skynyrd didnt have to prove anything else in their career, but their greatness keeps movin on and especially does with this album, as they even more firmly establish themselves as the best rock band ever!!!! "That's How I Like It", "The Way" and "Red, White and Blue" come off as their best songs on the album, with "Red, White and Blue," being yet another great anthem for concerts or anywhere. "Dead Man Walking" reminds you of the old Skynyrd band and "Pick 'Em Up" just get ya movin around with its duet with Rickey Medlocke as they are just havin a fun time jamin. Skynyrd, with its rock, also hits upon some more country sounding songs again with "Sweet Mama" and "Rockin' Little Town." They also hit up very good and important topics in "Lucky Man", "Crawl", "Life's Lessons and "Hell or Heaven." They put great messages into their songs as they always will and have, and have a song dedicated to their long-time bass player Leon Wilkeson who passed away while making this album. This album just proves once again that Southern Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd is the best music around, as they can play all genres in music into one with a little country, blues and rock which makes up their great sound and legend of the best group ever...LYNYRD SKYNYRD!