Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Last of a Dyin’ Breed’ – Song Review
Lynyrd Skynyrd makes full use of everyone in the band on their new single 'Last of a Dyin' Breed.'
The title-track from their upcoming studio album of the same name is the rare new song from a classic rock artist you look forward to hearing live. It's gritty without taking off any Skynyrd polish.
However, Johnny Van Zant lacks the enthusiasm the rest of the studio musicians take to the arrangement. His performance stands out, bringing attention to a lyric that is good but certainly not legendary. Granted the frontman is in a tough spot forever trying to replace his legendary brother Ronnie in the band.
"I hear that highway calling / Oh, feel the breeze / I've been a ramblin' and a gamblin' Lord I'm free / Saddle up baby ride up close to me / An open highway is all I'll ever need / Last of dyin' breed," he sings during a chorus that swirls between a storm cloud of slide guitar.
The locomotive backbeat and meaty guitar riff that drive the pace of the song are blended seamlessly with the slide and bass guitars. An organ provides the glue, even if it's tough to pull out of the mix for most of the almost four-minute long track. The 'Last of a Dyin' Breed' album promises to be a good one if a similar effort is made throughout the record's production.
"One horse towns and one-night stands / Just like my daddy I'm a traveling man / I'm not the kind to settle down / The roar of the engine I love that sound," Van Zant sings to begin the second verse. To be clear, there's nothing offensive about the vocals. In fact his performance proves the song's point -- that he's built for the road and not the cozy confines of a recording studio. In front of 20K sweat-soaked, beer drinking fans this summer, 'Last of a Dyin' Breed' will make it rain. Usually bands tour to sell CDs, but occasionally it can work the other way around.