Appetite for Destruction review by Guns N' Roses

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  • Released: Oct 27, 1987
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.4 (451 votes)
Guns N' Roses: Appetite for Destruction

Sound — 10
Quite possibly the greatest rock album ever released, Appetite For Destruction has a great sound. It is gritty but it has the necessary studio pollish. This helps with the amazing guitar duo of rhythm guitarist (and also sadly underrated songwriter who flourished on the Use Your Illusion albums) Izzy Stradlin and the legendary lead guitarist Slash. The two spit out riffs and solos that sound like a gun fight. This sound is fucking amazing and there's nothing more to it.

Lyrics — 10
I still can't believe how great these lyrics are. They are haunting and catchy at the same time. Listen to Nightrain (Wake up late and honey put on your clothes and take your credit card to the liquor store), It's So Easy (You get nothin' for nothin' and that's what you do. Turn around, bitch, I got a use for you) and My Michelle (Your daddy works in porno now that mommy's not around. She used to love her heroin, but now she's underground) for the dark, brutal, disturbing lyrics and listen to Paradise City (Take me down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are pretty), and Sweet Child O' Mine (Ohh Sweet Child O' Mine, Ohh Sweet Love O' Mine) for the catchy, lighter lyrics. Axl Rose and Robert Plant are the greatest singers in rock history without a doubt.

Overall Impression — 10
This is the greatest rock album ever made in my opinion and it is only close to being bettered by their other masterpiece, Use Your Illusion I. Every song on this album is great except "Think About You" and "Anything Goes" and were trimmed off the album, it would have probably made Appetite overwhelming to my ears if taken as a whole. If stolen or lost, I would buy it again definately and while I was at the record store, I would go buy GN'R Lies (Yes it is GN'R Lies and not just Lies, look on the side of the jewel case) Use Your Illusion I and II, and Live Era '87-'93 (Which is one of the greatest live albums I've ever heard let alone double live albums). Get these other great releases because their are almost as good as Appetite. The ones I probably wouldn't get are The Spaghetti Incident? and Greatest Hits because The Spaghetti Incident is just a bunch of punk rock covers that don't match the original recordings (Even though "Attitude" is pretty fucking sweet on the Use Your Illusion I live DVD) and Greatest Hits gives you a wrong impression of the band if you don't have the other albums because their original albums capture the messy, raw nature of their music.

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