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Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II



8.4 | 594 votes |
Release date: 17 September 1991
Style: Hard rock

Owners:

722 have it
17 want it
1 trades it


01. Civil War
02. 14 Years
03. Yesterdays
04. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [Bob Dylan cover]
05. Get In The Ring
06. Shotgun Blues
07. Breakdown
08. Pretty Tied Up
09. Locomotive
10. So Fine
11. Estranged
12. You Could Be Mine
13. Don't Cry [Alternative Lyrics version]
14. My World

Guest review by
JavierML
Rating:
9.0
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.

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published 02.12.2013 | Comments (6)

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14.03.2016 - 17:43
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid

By a very small margin, and I'm sure I've mentioned this on here before, this album is definitively the best G N' R record for me. There's not as much filler as in Use Your Illusion I (though we're only talking a difference of one or two songs), and I kind of enjoy the more "laidback" approach of the songwriting in this album than the rawer, more menacing style of Appetite. That said, Use Your Illusion II details very obvious highlights, which turn out to be maturer than the album's weaker moments (namely "You Could Be Mine" and "Pretty Tied Up", which for me are more shoe-ins than good songs). "Estranged" and "Locomotive" in particular get me excited every time they turn up on the stereo, "Civil War" has fantastic lyrical input, and "My World" is ludicrous genius. Above all, I think what makes me appreciate Use Your Illusion II so much is that the songwriting in general seems to reflect G N' R at their most solid, though it's really just one opinion.
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15.03.2016 - 03:48
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by musicalkaratekid on 14.03.2016 at 17:43

By a very small margin, and I'm sure I've mentioned this on here before, this album is definitively the best G N' R record for me. There's not as much filler as in Use Your Illusion I (though we're only talking a difference of one or two songs), and I kind of enjoy the more "laidback" approach of the songwriting in this album than the rawer, more menacing style of Appetite. That said, Use Your Illusion II details very obvious highlights, which turn out to be maturer than the album's weaker moments (namely "You Could Be Mine" and "Pretty Tied Up", which for me are more shoe-ins than good songs). "Estranged" and "Locomotive" in particular get me excited every time they turn up on the stereo, "Civil War" has fantastic lyrical input, and "My World" is ludicrous genius. Above all, I think what makes me appreciate Use Your Illusion II so much is that the songwriting in general seems to reflect G N' R at their most solid, though it's really just one opinion.


You lost me at "ludicrous genius" as a description for "My World".
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29.09.2018 - 08:01
Rating: 7
DeathMetal

First one was better.
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24.11.2021 - 17:39
Rating: 9
nonZero

Second one is better.
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24.11.2021 - 18:03
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by nonZero on 24.11.2021 at 17:39

Second one is better.

Agreed second is better.
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24.11.2021 - 18:11
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Tage Westerlund
Written by AndyMetalFreak on 24.11.2021 at 18:03

Written by nonZero on 24.11.2021 at 17:39

Second one is better.

Agreed second is better.

I like both equally first has heavier songs, this more better worked radu friendy songs
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24.11.2021 - 18:17
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by Bad English on 24.11.2021 at 18:11

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 24.11.2021 at 18:03

Written by nonZero on 24.11.2021 at 17:39

Second one is better.

Agreed second is better.

I like both equally first has heavier songs, this more better worked radu friendy songs

The song "You Could Be Mine" is what edges this for me over the first one.
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24.11.2021 - 18:27
Deadsoulman

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 24.11.2021 at 18:17


The song "You Could Be Mine" is what edges this for me over the first one.


For me, it's the fact that "I" has too many filler tracks between November Rain and Coma. And also that "II" was the first album I ever bought and was obsessed with.
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24.11.2021 - 18:50
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by Deadsoulman on 24.11.2021 at 18:27


For me, it's the fact that "I" has too many filler tracks between November Rain and Coma. And also that "II" was the first album I ever bought and was obsessed with.

There is a few fillers on this one, but the first one had far too many fillers for me, aside from "November Rain" of course, that song is a classic.
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24.11.2021 - 23:27
Rating: 8
Azarath
Free as a.. Fish
Another factor in favour of I is the weird tracklisting on II. The album just fizzles out. After "Estranged" (incredible song, the best candidate for a closer here), we get "You Could Be Mine" (good song, odd placement), "Don't Cry" (great song, but again?) and then a minute and a half of bullshit.

I ends with "Coma". That's how you close a record.
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25.11.2021 - 09:02
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Azarath on 24.11.2021 at 23:27

Another factor in favour of I is the weird tracklisting on II. The album just fizzles out. After "Estranged" (incredible song, the best candidate for a closer here), we get "You Could Be Mine" (good song, odd placement), "Don't Cry" (great song, but again?) and then a minute and a half of bullshit.

I ends with "Coma". That's how you close a record.

Coma is a song what I hate really hate from this band till Chinese Democracy.... Worst song they done.
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25.11.2021 - 09:14
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by Bad English on 25.11.2021 at 09:02

Written by Azarath on 24.11.2021 at 23:27

Another factor in favour of I is the weird tracklisting on II. The album just fizzles out. After "Estranged" (incredible song, the best candidate for a closer here), we get "You Could Be Mine" (good song, odd placement), "Don't Cry" (great song, but again?) and then a minute and a half of bullshit.

I ends with "Coma". That's how you close a record.

Coma is a song what I hate really hate from this band till Chinese Democracy.... Worst song they done.

Tbh the only songs I liked on Use Your Illusion I are "Don't Cry" and "November Rain".
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25.11.2021 - 10:40
gavdann

How can this piece of crap have an 8.4 rating? There's like 5 maybe 6 good songs on it.

I remember buying the Illusion CDs on the day they were released and was amazed at how much shite they were filled with.

Gutted I didn't buy them on vinyl instead as I could have flogged them on for a healthy profit to some mug.
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25.11.2021 - 12:09
JoHn DoE

^ both Illusions are uneven, a bit of a chore to listen.
Also they were overplayed back in the day, you could not escape they which became annoying really fast.
Axl's behavior is a total different story, not to be chatted about here.
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