Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II review
|Band:||Guns N' Roses|
|Album:||Use Your Illusion II|
|Release date:||September 1991|
01. Civil War
02. 14 Years
04. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [Bob Dylan cover]
05. Get In The Ring
06. Shotgun Blues
08. Pretty Tied Up
10. So Fine
12. You Could Be Mine
13. Don't Cry [Alternative Lyrics version]
14. My World
Brief story. This was my very first album, a gift from my cousin for my birthday. And so, this is my first review, for an album that I really like and didn't have one.
I think this is the best album by Guns N' Roses. The essence of hard rock-mixed blues (matching the color of the cover) is amazing and more refined than the previous albums and some ballads that have always been a part of G N' R. Axl's awesome voice in his prime lets you know what this is about, the solos by Slash have their unique signature that give G N' R its soul, Izzy contributes with his songwriting - and backing up Slash, Duff brings deepness to the music. Matt fits perfectly in his debut.
The production is flawless - you can hear every instrument clearly and with the exact volume to appreciate the entire performance.
The songs that absolutely kick ass are "Civil War", which has acoustic guitar, power riffs, very nice progression and meaningful lyrics; and "You Could Be Mine", the heaviest song in the album which has the energy that blew away stadiums in the '90s.
On the other hand, they may have just taken what Led Zeppelin did 20 years before to another level. Many of the songs have the same basis, and it feels like the piano is the same in every song. "My World" really sucks, but Axl decided he wanted it and there it is - blame the asshole for that.
Can't avoid to compare with Use Your Illusion I: this one is heavier and feels more complex. You won't get bored of this album and will enjoy from listening to some tracks over and over. This is perfect as a beginning into the world of metal as an entrance to heavier stuff.
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