Sound — 10
So let's get something straight, Appetite for Destruction was one of the best, if not, the best metal album of the '80s. I was young while going through my dad's CD collection, (to young for the porno collection), and found appetite. Immediatly I put it in and was blown away. It was filled with raw power and anarchy, and they became my favorite band, before "Welcome to the Jungle" was even finished. But this album was no easy task. A slow start, and heavy drug problems were sure to be the band's demise. But very early one morning, a little TV station named "MTV", (Music Television, famous for getting many bands going with there music videos), agreed to play a Gun's video, but with that one video, kids were flooding to there local malls and music shops to pick up a copy of this album. Guns N' Roses kicked off, and set the record for highest grossing debut album ever, (to this day, 15 million copies sold). The sound on this album couldn't be better.
Lyrics — 10
At that time, the lyrics to this album would seem fragile to my ears. But I myself was living through a tough time, in a rough city, and felt that I could relate. The lyrics were about as real as the band themselves. These guys were right off the streets, packing powerful riffs between Izzy Stradlin and Slash, awesome baselines by Duff McKagan, mood-setting drumming by Steven Adler, and Axl's siren like howl in the begining of "Welcome to the Jungle", to his innocent ballad-screeching at the end of "Rocket Queen".
Overall Impression — 10
People often bash Guns N' Roses because of albums like the Use Your Illusions, and the Spaghetti Incident. But with an album like Appetite, it's hard to follow up. The Standout tracks are "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City", and "Sweet Child O' Mine". My personal favorite is probally "Rocket Queen", a sleazy song featuring Axl "Gettin' it on" with Steven Adler's girlfriend, in the studio. Yes, those moans in the middle of the song are real. But they decide to leave us on a good note with a sweet, innocent ending (there's nothing innocent about that song, but that's why I like it). If this CD was stolen from me, first of all I would beat the hell out of whoever took it if I found them, I would absolutely buy it again. It's a classic, must-have album to complete the collection you've got goin on.