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Following the worldwide phenomenon of Appetite For Destruction and its acoustic follow-up EP G N’ R Lies, the band took three years to write and record a sequel album that would live up to the enormous hype. Released in September 1991, Use Your Illusion I was the leading volume of the two-album opus that reintroduced Guns N’ Roses to the world. With the addition of new drummer Matt Sorum and keyboardist Dizzy Reed, the band was more fleshed-out and bombastic: the lethal L.A. club band of Appetite For Destruction morphed into a lethal arena band. To prove to the fans of Appetite that they had lost none of their venom, the band devoted most of Use Your Illusion Ito the brand of breakneck bluesy rock’n’roll they featured on their debut. As Axl later explained, “We saw the first half of Use Your Illusion I as more similar to the energy on Appetite For Destruction, and would be a lot more fun to skateboard to.” Though the Illusion albums would become best known for their ballads, songs like “Right Next Door To Hell,” “Perfect Crime,” and “Back Off Bitch” have a sneering, searing power akin to “Welcome to the Jungle” and “It’s So Easy,” while Izzy Stradlin’s “You Ain’t the First” could be an outtake from G N’ R Lies. The unexpected cover of Paul McCartney’s James Bond theme “Live and Let Die” is a perfect fit for the new group, while the lumbering, bluesy grooves of “Bad Obsession” and Stradlin’s “Dust N’ Bones” couldn’t have developed without Reed’s piano licks and Sorum’s lashing drum work. Of course, it was Axl’s unforgettable ballads that stole show and won the band a whole new set of fans. “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain” were older demos of Axl’s that only came to fruition when the band acquired the means to enlarge them to the desired proportions. The dark water mood of “Don’t Cry” perfectly bridges the seedy Hollywood sound of Appetite with the band’s newfound stadium thunder, while “November Rain” — in all its ornate, effluent glory — is bombastic, bittersweet, and utterly lovely. Against all odds, Axl came away with the timeless ballad he always wanted.

Customer Reviews

This album is awsome

People think Appetite for Destruction is the best album but i think Use Your Illusion 1&2 are the best Guns n Roses Albums.

iTunes Is Wrong

This album is unbelievable. iTunes may say say it sucks, but it is amazing. Although it isn't as good as Appetite, UYI I is an incredible album.

Meticulously produced but hard as a rock

Okay so supposedly this is the kind of overproduced crap of a rock band that just has got too much money to spend on beer and studio time. "Filled with filler, overproduced blah blah". I disagree. I think this is Guns N Roses at their finest, they are still hard and raw, but this is one of the two albums on which they achieve their "stadium sound". In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with that. I like the new guitar sound, the production, and the pianos. I strongly feel that this album has no filler. Sure, Live and Let Die, Don't Cry, and November Rain grab you immediately. But after a while of listening to the album I find that my favourite songs becomes more or less obscure stiff like Don't Damn Me or Bad Apples! The point is Guns N Roses isn't Motley Crue, and for me, there isn't a throwaway moment. People need to realize that there can only be one Appetite. Why would you want another Appetite? You had one and it was great. Now it's time for the band to evolve, to grow. Some bands stay the same, like AC/DC but it all becomes stale after a while. On this record the band grows and evolves and there's nothing wrong with that. Bottom line is it is a great album for a person new to Guns or for an experienced gunner. I also think the reviewer hardly knows what he's talking about in respect to both the music and Axl. Poor guy, he still can't get over that One in a Million lyric. That's alright, we're in America so he's entitled to his opinion albeit a very misguided one.


Formed: 1985 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N' Roses brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly, misogynistic, and violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," showed. While Slash and Izzy Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or the Stones, Axl Rose screeched out his tales of...
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