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Editors’ Notes

Following the multi-platinum success of Appetite For Destruction Guns N’ Roses were thrust into the spotlight as the most exciting band in rock’n’roll, and Geffen gave them carte blanche for the follow-up album. With thirty songs spread over two albums, Guns the group took the opportunity to live out their every musical fantasy. While both of the Use Your Illusion albums contained adventurous material, Use Your Illusion II was the more ambitious of the pair. The album starts with the brooding anthem “Civil War,” before shifting to “14 Years” and “Yesterdays,” two piano-driven rockers that showed the band was developing more tuneful material without abandoning any of the ferocity of Appetite For Destruction. As Izzy and Slash continued to stoke the fires of Appetite with fierce and furious pieces like “Pretty Tied Up,” “Locomotive,” and the downright vicious “You Could Be Mine,” (not to mention Duff McKagan’s “So Fine,” a narcotic tribute to Johnny Thunders), Axl’s indulgent tendencies gave G N’ R fans more than enough to gripe about. His schoolyard taunting on “Get In the Ring” is adolescent rock star behavior worthy of Spinal Tap; the hammy rock opera “Breakdown” reveals his love for Elton John; and then, “My World,” a throwaway experiment that, admittedly, anticipates the mega-successful sound of bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit. However, Axl also brought to the table “Estranged,” as mysterious and deeply affecting a grandiose ballad as rock music has ever delivered. Even as the dissension within the group began to show, the band rose to the occasion and successfully embodied all of the larger-than-life expectations that surrounded them.

Customer Reviews

second disc of second album

1. Civil War- love it, especially the Cool Hand Luke sample 2. 14 Years- bluesy greatness, proved that Izzy could have been the singer 3. Yesterdays- overrated, but good 4. Knockin' On Heaven's Door- fantastic 5. Get in the Ring- fun song 6. Shotgun Blues- another fun song 7. Breakdown- yet another fun song, very cool 8. Pretty Tied Up- love the intro 9. Locomotive (Complicity)- funkiest thing they ever did. very catchy 10. So Fine- average 11. Estranged- my favorite on the album 12. You Could Be Mine- Ultra heavy. fun 13. Don't Cry (Alternate)-lovely. great ending that is spoiled by... 14. My World- MEGA ANTI KUDOS TO AXL ROSE FOR THIS SONG!!!

Best GN'R Album to Date...Period.

Whoever says that "Use Your Illusion" is not as good as "appetite" has probably not listened to "Use Your Illusion". Its such a more developped GN'R. How could you not be crazy about it. This album is classic after classic starting with "Civil War" that makes you gape in awe, the album continues on to Izzy's amazing "14years" (co-Axl) "Yesterdays" is just so mellow, it just clicks with you. Bob Dylan is a great songwriter. However, GUNS N' ROSES MADE this song into an instant classic. SLash's solo's are killer as always, and it's just unexplainable in words. "Get In the RIng" and "Shotgun BLues" are just fun, all rock out songs. "Breakdown" is also an instant classic. Amazing solos (needless to say) "Pretty Tied Up" is right in that area with the first part of "Rocket Queen" and "Anything Goes." "Locomotive" hits you on the head like one. Next up is "So Fine" by Duff. This one is really heartfelt, but written in such a casual, identifiable way. "Estranged" is the mother of all GN'R songs. Written by Axl, then embellished with Slash's guitars, this is definately GN'R's best song, no doubts about it. "Sweet Child O' Mine" might have the coolest, craziest, most killer solo, but this song has the most beautiful one. "You Could Be Mine" shows that Izzy is invaluable as a songwriter. SImply amazing. Axl adds his bit to it, Boom. electrifying to the end. "Don't Cry" is so good, they made alt. lyrics for it "My World" - This is just Axl trying to freak out, show off his life, and try to impress you with his little 'rap'. Anyway, BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!!!!!! I'd give this album six stars, but they don't have it listed as an option...

A classic

Use Your Illusion II is yet another strong offering from Guns N' Roses. Featuring many of Guns N' Roses most recognizable songs (Knocking on heaven's door, You could be mine, etc.) it is an album that has very much to offer. Every song comes with emotional lyrics and deep thoughts, and it is an overall very enjoyable listening experience!


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...
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