Appetite For Destruction [PA] - Guns N' Roses
Hard Rock - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Geffen - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 10/1995, 01/1991 - 8811928629, 720642414828
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Review of "Appetite For Destruction [PA] - Guns N' Roses"
Anybody remember "Brittania Music" that company where you got a few free albums and then got sent one per month the company thought "you may be interested in",but you weren't because they sent you Sinatra and you listened to Slayer!, then you spent the next 10 months trying to cancel the orders with the company but the tapes kept on getting sent and getting sent and getting sent.Well, the only upside to Brittania was that i managed to purchase an album that i knew little about at the time other than than the band were gaining a reputation for theirselves stateside as being the badboys of rock.
When the cassette came through the post i rushed to the stereo and put the album on and cranked it to 10, the opening track with its repetitive guitar soundscape riffage intro, poured through the speakers, and then into the main song with Axl's caustic lyrics screeching out at full tilt...."WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, WE'VE GOT............." this was great!!!! at last a band that looked the part but ROCKED!The simplistic cover was a lot different to other 80's poodle haired rock bands that featured "leather clad rockers on bikes or in cars with scantily clad girls draping theirselves over the members",a black background with the imagery depicting the group as 5 skulls with a cross in the background, each with their paraphernalia such as bandanas, tophats, cigarettes etc, the cover has a certain rawness that flowed over into the album its self, however this was the second choice album cover after the first version was pulled off the shelves and banned due to its "....obscene content" this sort of noteriety just added fuel to the fire of a band that were gaining popularity because of their known "don' t give a f**K, narcotic consuming, hard drinking, partying lifestyle, any more dirty press stories were welcomed with open arms by the band.
From the moment the album starts it's like being under attack from an aural onslaught to the ears, the twin guitar attack of Izzy Stradling's driving blues rock rhythm section is perfectly accentuated by Slash's fluid running solo's and lead breaks, these two are held together in time by Duff McKagan on the bass and Steven Adler on the drums/percussion,in brief the album is like this:Welcome to the jungle(sleazy intro into "chopsy" rocker)
Its so easy (excited drum roll intro,simple riff,pounding bassline,punkish element)Night train ( blistering solo showcase for slash, the song shows the full diversity of his playing)
Outa' get me (hard opening riff, axls ranting etc)Mr Brownstone (nods to the Stones' Aerosmith etc, rolling loose "sloppy" feel midtempo with a killer hook, clever lyrics ; )
Paradise City (EVERYONE knows this one, jangly guitar intro, heavy verses, mosh outro,...nuff said)My Michelle (punk angst,spikey guitar riffs,etc)
I think about you (slightly brighter than other songs,a love song of sorts)Sweet child of mine ( a softer side to the group, "that riff" and a good solo)
Your Crazy ( high tempo,fuelled rock,choppy chord changes and a good pan on the speakers, uptempo verson of the one from "Lies")Anything goes (uptempo, saucy lyrics and a quirky guitar hook)
Rocket Queen (very different to all the other songs on the album, quite dark sounding with a dirty vocal vibe)The album is unlike anything else that came out at the time and unlike anything since, the band fit together perfectly and the sound flows, there are elements of all of the groups influences scattered throughout the album but these all have the G'n'R tag stamped upon them. This album was produced before the money became available to create the elaborate bombastic flambouyant (and over polished) "Use your illusions" and its better off for it.
This is (almost) stripped down, balls to the wall, sweaty, sleazy rock that has been worked through the clubs/bars. If you don't already own a copy of this album go out and get one, its a definite classic.I disagree with some people that say the sound is slightly dated, because G'n'R were not followers of a trend, they were unequalled by the other "pomprockers" and were musically very unique, to me the album sounds as fresh today as the day it arrived through the post.
10/10.........."I..I.....I WANNA HEAR YOU SCREAM!!!!!"
Product Information : Appetite For Destruction [PA] - Guns N' Roses
Manufacturer's product descriptionHard Rock - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Geffen - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 10/1995, 01/1991 - 8811928629, 720642414828
EAN: 8811928629, 720642414828
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