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Journey Into The Reckless Life..,
This review is from: G N' R Lies (Audio CD)
Guns N' Roses hit back with their follow-up sophmore album "GN'R: Lies." This album of course contains the original EP material from "Live Like A Suicide." Known for its big hit "Patience" as well as its controvertial hooks in "One In A Million" this album I believe has stood the test of time, and really gives another side to the original band that dissipated long before their time!
1. Reckless Life - A true rocker of a song that kicks right into the GnR format fans had come to know from their AFD debut. You can tell right away how young Axl's voice was, and really how young the band was at the time of this recording. Still, a very solid track with great guitar work and harmonizing of vocals on this one. 4.5/5
2. Nice Boys - The first "cover" the band was able to showcase on an album. This song is one that truly grasped what the band was about. Axl boats "Nice boys, don't play rock n' roll; I'm not a nice boy!" Amazing guitar work on this one, and the bass stands out hard as well. Great track. 5/5
3. Move To The City - This was one song that took me awhile to really get a feel for. While good, I feel the band lacked something on this track and didn't really put their all into it. Vocals are good, but something's missing here. Good rocker overall, but somewhat forgettable. 4/5
4. Mama Kin - The band strikes back with their cover of the Aerosmith classic. A very, very strong output by the band here. Everything comes together where the last track may have fallen. Where cover songs can fall short at times, young GnR does this song major justice! 5/5
5. Patience - The stand-out track on the album, and aside from SCOM, the first real ballad from the band. Acoustic elements take the forefront here, which I think is good, as it shows another side of the band. Hard rocking bad boys at heart, even they can tame themselves for a time! And yes, we all do need just a little patience! 5/5
6. Used To Love Her - This is my personal favorite on the album! A simple song, with a simple message; it however has a killer hook that will be stuck in your head for days! Awesome guitar work on this one, and the vocals are top-notch! 5/5
7. You're Crazy - A song fans may recognize from the AFD album. However, this version is stripped of the electric guitar and replaced with an acoustic sound. have no fear though, because this version rocks! many times I find myself perferring this version over the other. Great tight work by the entire band on this track! 5/5
8. One In A Million - One of the most controvertial songs the band has ever written; and by today's standards may not even be that bad. I think the band was just having fun on this track and trying to get that rise out of people. Well, at the time I guess it worked! Great song and a pretty cool way to end their sophmore album! 4.5/5
So there you have it, sophmore slump? I think not. Little did us fans know that this was in some ways the last time we'd see the true "hard rocking" GnR. Of course, next up was their great dual 'Illusion' albums. If you're a fan of Guns at all, then you have to get this album: Lies and all!!