Sound — 10
Excellent sound, from the opening of "Welcome To The Jungle" to the closing of "Sympathy For The Devil," the hard rock/heavy metal styles are shown on this album, as well as the softer ballads.
Lyrics — 10
Axl Rose may not be the best singer in the world, but the songs he sang, the voice fitted perfectly. 01. Welcome To The Jungle - best opening song ever. The wild guitar style goes, and then the power chords come in to bring in the heavy lyrics. Based on LA, which I have been to, the lyrics fit really well. 02. Sweet Child O' Mine - softer style song than the first, this song was originally written for Axl's girlfriend. The circus-style plays, and then the chords come in with perfect timing, then when the circus riff dies out, Axl comes in. 03. Patience - once again shows the band's soft side. This acoustic song features excellent lyrics, but no bass. 04. Paradise City - one of the biggest rock anthems. Everyone knows this song's chorus 05. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - cover of the original song by Bob Dylan. Since Bob was a great songwriter, the lyrics go fine, and the choir in the end fits perfectly. 06. Civil War - anti-war song with excellent lyrics, probably my favorite song, lyrically, on the album. 07. You Could Be Mine - written entirely by Izzy Stradlin, though credited differently, this hard rock song features strong instrument parts, with strong lyrics. 08. Don't Cry - the chorus of this song was supposedly said by a woman to Axl. The saying made an excellent song chorus, with a softer tone. 09. November Rain - this epic ballad features some of the greatest lyrics on the album, along with a minute long piano solo, and a two minute long guitar solo. Based on the book "Without You" by Del James. 10. Live And Let Die - originally by Paul McCartney & Wings, this song has a shortage of lyrics, but great instrumentals. 11. Yesterdays - good lyrics, but I would have preferred Izzy to sing this one, Axl's voice was too high for this. 12. Ain't It Fun - orinally written by Cheetah Chrome, according to the album, but there is some controversy on this. Good lyrics though. 13. Since I Don't Have You - an older Doo-wop song by James Beaumont & The Skyliners, not a predictable GNR song, and not one of my favorites, but Axl's additional phrase in the song (which I can't put here) provided plenty of good humor. 14. Sympathy For The Devil - originally recorded by the Rolling Stones, this song features amazing lyrics to the devil's life.
Overall Impression — 10
Definately compares to other GN'R albums, however I think it should have been the "Best Of GN'R", and been a double album, with "Coma," "Estranged" and more.