Sound — 10
This album sounds like the band have distilled the best bits of hard rock influences (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones) into on lean two guitar attack and it works brilliantly. Much is made of Slash's awesome lead playing, his solos are some of the most melodic around, but the main feature of the sound is the interplay between Slash's and Izzy's parts giving the sound depth and making it sound huge!! The sound was also hugely influential in bringing blues based hard rock back into favour instead of the boring 'the faster the better' attitude of hair metal bands.
Lyrics — 10
Axl's lyrics effectively convey the unravelling of the American Dream in the big city. The lyrics aren't poetry but are all the better for it, no artistic pretentiousness here (see Use Your Illusion), just the stark reality as he sees it. Axl's voice may be an acquired taste but works perfectly when singing about the album's subject matter, sex, drugs, paranoia and how shit life is in the city. The lower vocals on It's So Easy particularly enhance the effectiveness of the lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
This album blows away just about any other hard rock album of the 80s (with the posible exception of Back In Black) and possibly ever. The most impressive songs are the awesome Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine, and Rocket Queen but the songs which best convey the bands attitude and state of mind are Out Ta Get Me and It's So Easy, they're paranoid and nihilistic and out for everything they can get. This is definitely one of the best album's I own and there's no better album to turn up to maximum volume and get blown away by.