Vicious Cycle (album)

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Vicious Cycle
Studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Released May 20, 2003
Recorded November 2002 – January 2003 at Cartee Day Studios, except 15
Genre Southern rock, blues rock, country rock, heavy metal, hard rock, AOR
Length 70:40
Label Sanctuary
Producer Ben Fowler and Lynyrd Skynyrd, except 15
Lynyrd Skynyrd chronology
Christmas Time Again
(2000)
Vicious Cycle
(2003)
God & Guns
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[2]

Vicious Cycle is the twelfth studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd, released in 2003. It was the first album by the band following the death of original bassist Leon Wilkeson, the song Mad Hatter being a tribute in memory to him. He died during recording, but does appear on two songs, "The Way" and "Lucky Man". This album is the first to feature Wilkeson's replacement, Ean Evans, the first with Michael Cartellone on drums, and the last album that guitarist Hughie Thomasson played on before he died. It included the single "Red, White & Blue" which peaked at *1 on the US charts.

The CD booklet contains a recount by year of events in the band's history since 1964.

In the album, Kid Rock features in the bonus track, a remake of "Gimme Back My Bullets".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "That's How I Like It" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Eric Blair) – 4:33
  2. "Pick Em Up" (Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Tom Hambridge) – 4:20
  3. "Dead Man Walkin'" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Kevin Bowe) – 4:30
  4. "The Way" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson) – 5:32
  5. "Red, White, & Blue" (Johnny Van Zant, Donnie Van Zant, Brad Warren, Brett Warren) – 5:31
  6. "Sweet Mama" (Donnie Van Zant, Robert White Johnson, Tom Hambridge) – 3:59
  7. "All Funked Up" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Jim Peterik) – 3:33
  8. "Hell or Heaven" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Jim Peterik) – 5:14
  9. "Mad Hatter" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Tom Hambridge) – 5:38
  10. "Rockin' Little Town" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Tom Hambridge) – 3:36
  11. "Crawl" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Jim Peterik) – 5:09
  12. "Jake" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Tom Hambridge) – 3:41
  13. "Life's Lessons" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Jim Peterik) – 5:59
  14. "Lucky Man" (Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson) – 5:35
  15. "Gimme Back My Bullets" (Bonus Track featuring Kid Rock) (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) - 3:41

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album
Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 30
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US Main US US AC
2003 "Red White & Blue (Love it or Leave)" 27 - -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Theakston, Rob (2011). "Vicious Cycle - Lynyrd Skynyrd | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 14 August 2011. Rob Theakston 
  2. ^ Abowitz, Richard (2011). "Lynyrd Skynyrd: Vicious Cycle : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 14 August 2011.