By David Browne
Updated July 12, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

Old rock bands don’t die; they merely copyright their logo and hire new members. You may have thought you’d heard the last from Lynyrd Skynyrd, but with Johnny Van Zant replacing his late brother, Ronnie, the band has made its first studio album in 14 years, Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991. The formula is intact: boogie riffs, three-guitar attack, songs about good old days back on the farm. But while Johnny has his brother’s brawling drawl, he has none of the vulnerability that made Ronnie more than a redneck and the original Skynyrd more than a boogie band. C

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