NEW MUSIC EAR 1990s - GUNS N' ROSES - "USE YOUR ILLUSION II"
CIVIL WAR - The second album in the "Use Your Illusion" twinset opens with this fourth single that reached number 11 in the UK chart. A melancholic, poignant yet powerful Rock track is a brilliant peace anthem.
14 YEARS - A hard rockin' Blues track with Izzy Stradlin and singer Axl Rose sharing the vocals at times. A guitar driven track merging with piano in a blistering partnership,
YESTERDAYS - Yet another anthemic ballad from the band with some lush, emotive guitar from Slash. The third single released from the album reaching number 8 in the UK chart. Classic and one of my favourites to sing along to.
KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR - Released as the second single from this set it reached number 2 on the UK chart. Once again (like "Live And Let Die" on the "...Illusion I" album) the cover sounds better than the original. Brilliant track.
GET IN THE RING - Apparently "notorious" for the amount of swearing in this track, its Guns N' Roses do people expect Ed Sheeran-like banality?. Anyway, this is a kind of Punk-esque track, frenetic and angry. Rolls along at a pace throughout, not a bad song but not one of my favourites.
SHOTGUN BLUES - This is an unusual one, not sure if its meant to be Punk, Glam Rock or Blues. It has all those elements, a pretty basic track and filler for me.
BREAKDOWN - Awesome Hard Rock/Classic Rock hybrid, coming it an epic 7 plus minutes. A mix of "Paradise City" and "November Rain" which is no bad thing. Great track.
PRETTY TIED UP (The Perils of Rock n' Roll Decadence) - This track is half snarling Sex Pistols and half Psychedelic T-Rex. Another gem.
LOCOMOTIVE (Complicity) - Another epic track at over 8 minutes long, this is a fabulous mix of many genres. Psychedelic, Classic, Punk, Gothi, Glam and Progressive Rock could all be claimed here. One of those experimental tracks that works brilliantly. Magical song.
SO FINE - A straight up Pop Rock slow ballad with surely a nod to Steven Tyler's Aerosmith. Nice track and break from the hard rock relentless pace of the album.
ESTRANGED - An almost ten minute rock opera and the final part of the "November Rain" video trilogy with "Don't Cry" prededing that track. This is big, anthem-like and pure Rock indulgence and it is magnificent.
YOU COULD BE MINE - The debut single from this album and featured in the film, "Terminator 2:Judgment Day" . The video of course features Arnold Schwarzenegger and the track reached number 3 in the UK chart. It is a mega track, guitar solos, catchy chorus and pounding drums. Superb track.
DON'T CRY - This is the alternate lyrics version of the track on the "...Illusion I" album.
MY WORLD - A one and a half minute repetitive track with effects and various sexual groans and sighs. A weird way to end a solid album but its Guns N' Roses, and they do what they like!.
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