Rossington – Take It On Faith

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Gary Rossington, the sole remaining founding member of the original line up of legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, released two albums with his wife Dale, during the 80’s. With the simple name “Rossington” he is back, and without changing the world (he has already done it in the past) he offers us a likeable blues – southern release. The production of David Z. (producer of Prince, Etta James, Billy Idol etc) keeps the balance between the instruments and most often promotes the voice of Dale (vocals with Skynyrd from ’87 as well), but her tired voice does not successfully enliven the oldie type (really oldie-type) compositions. And as I have just almost rejected the album as a failure, “Dance while youre cookin” with Dale’s hoarse voice, the guitar and harmonica solos alternating, forced me to dance. “Shame on me” crushed me as a top blues song, while “Good side of good” could be in any 80’s ZZ TOP album (as it is co-written by Billy Gibbons). Until the end we will find two more remarkable compositions, “Through my eyes” and “Too weary rainy days”, as well as the notably rhythmic “Something fishy”.

The final result is an uneven album, by a living legend and several guests, that in case it was released with less songs, we might be talking about a masterpiece. Maybe after multiple hearings, it can be further appreciated.

Time will tell.