The Rossington Band

Love Your Man

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1988's Love Your Man picks up where the pop sensibilities of 1986's Returned to the Scene of the Crime left off, and takes Gary Rossington's sound in a totally different direction. Favoring a more hard-edged sound and a return to guitars over the polished chords of overly chorused keyboards, Rossington and wife Dale Krantz still craft their tunes for the pop/rock audience, but nod in acknowledgment of Rossington's roots in Lynyrd Skynyrd. The production sounds dated at this point, but there are still some fine pop nuggets to be found on Love Your Man. The fiery opener "Losing Control" could have given any hard rock diva a run for her money in 1988, and the '50s-influenced "Holdin' My Own" shows off the versatility of the duo's songwriting ability. Unfortunately, the album was largely overshadowed due to the media attention surrounding the reunion of Rossington's mothership group, Lynyrd Skynyrd. A sad notion, as most of the tracks found here are easily on par with anything Skynyrd would record and release during this time period.

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