NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - GUNS N' ROSES "USE YOUR ILLUSION 1"

THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)

GUNS N' ROSES





"USE YOUR ILLUSION 1"



Guns N' Roses "the most dangerous band in the world" blasted on on the scene in the late 80s with two opening albums "Appetite For Destruction" and "G N' R Lies" complete with back stories of drugs, drink and anything goes Rock n' Roll.  This was the band everyone wanted to see and hear, forgetting the hype the band were a great band of musicians, especially Slash, who has since become a most wanted guitarist and renowned figure in Rock.  Axl Rose provided the "marmite" vocals, you either loved him or hated him, there was no middle ground.  The fact is, his vocals and Slash's guitar riffs WERE Guns N' Roses despite what has transpired since.  "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Patience" are two of my favourite Rock songs of all time.

Use Your Illusion was three years in the making, two albums on sale the same day, I prefer the first album of the two as it contains one of my favourite songs "November Rain", superb Slash solo, a song of epic proportions and sad and romantic at the same time, orchestras, piano, the ultimate rock ballad.  Sheer class.  All three singles released from this album hit top 10 in the UK with the brillaint cover of "Live And Let Die", which blasts away the Wings version in my opinion and the lush original version of "Don't Cry" which is similar in vein to "Patience".


"Right Next Door To Hell" is a riotous Punk rocker, akin to Sex Pistols and The Damned etc, its raw speedy energy surely gave the pogo dancers a bit of a surprise!

"Dust N' Bones" is a mid tempo Blues Rock number that has a very slight Country tone but also midway through Axl does his best horror snarl that reminds me of Ozzy, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson!

"Perfect Crime" reminds me of Iron Maiden, its manic and its two and a half minutes of energetic Rock with a hint of pure Metal.

"You 'Ain't The First" is a goodbye to a lover who obviously was not a favourite when you listen to the lyrics! Basically the girl was a temporary lover and not the first and also that she will be thought of while the guy is "deep down inside" with another lover, use your imagination for that line! Don't be fooled by the almost mono Country Folk bright, light and happy backing!

"Bad Obsession" reminds me of Marc Bolan and T-Rex or early David Bowie.  Complete with slide guitars, harmonica and Country style Rock, its a GNR foot tapper!

"Back Off Bitch" is a pure AC/DC soundalike, a real Heavy Rock masterblaster.

"Double Talkin' Jive" is similar to "You Could Be Mine" on "Use Your Illusion 2" from the Terminator 2 soundtrack.  Almost muffled singing and frenetic music backing with added movie like talking parts.  Very Progressive Rock type song.

"The Garden" is like a Horror movie backdrop, very Alice Cooper, lots of deep snarling by Axl amidst searing guitars.

"In The Garden" is a crazy fast paced Punk Rock track which also incorporates some 70s style riffs and chants on the chorus.

"Don't Damn Me" is half classic GNR, half Iggy and The Stooges imitation, not one of my favourites, doesn't really work for me.

"Bad Apples" is pure Rock N' Roll which I have heard similar by Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, an almost Blues backing complete with guitar solos a plenty.  Great track.

Iron Maiden meets AC/DC on "Dead Horse", classic GNR, more Glam Rock than usual.

The album ends with "Coma", a fitting last track that sums up the whole album as there are bits of everything in this 10 minute epic.  Some Bowie, some Alice Cooper, some T-rex and ending with AC/DC and Iron Maiden!  Their influences are seen in this track for all to see but the fact that they could intersperse these together is testimony to their songwriting and musical ability.


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