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The **ULTIMATE** Video for Fans of the _BEST_ Band in Music,
This review is from: Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Videos [VHS] (VHS Tape)
First, I'd like to address a brief comment to the troglodytes that felt it necessary to 'review' the video and give it one star. While there are always twits online, I find it especially offensive when they purport to review something they've never seen, could not understand, and are unable to access -- and then trash it for all to see.
Guns N' Roses is not a band for little boys who 'wanna be bad' -- it's a very grown up band, and the lyrics are some of the best I've ever heard. Complex, emotionally rich, layered with observations about the difficulties of life, emotional pain, the confusion that plagues us all at different times -- all of this, powered by Axl Rose's brilliant voice (which can sound like a dozen different voices, his range and ability to alter his sound is well nigh incredible) and the power of the music, particularly, of course, Slash's guitar. Not to give short shrift to the rest of the band, they too give the music its uniquely powerful sound.
If one is a bland, conservative, individual wearing blinders that allow him to see nothing but 'good = guy in a suit' and 'bad = long hair and tattoos' then one will not listen or appreciate Guns N'Roses. One of the reviewers apparently was of this ilk -- he couldn't see past an appearance that disturbed his deeply middle class bourgeois values.
If, however, you don't give a whit about the length of someone's hair (what possible relevance could hair length have to musical ability?) or whether the individual has a penchant for obtaining tattoos (and why would one care about that either? Tattoos are a *personal* choice. Not a musical judgment, for christ's sakes), then one CAN listen and CAN _hear_ the brilliance. November Rain.. Estranged.. Don't Damn Me.. Listen to the lyrics. Every single song, every single video, all brilliant. W. Axl Rose is indeed a 'genius' (I mean that as more than hyperbole, he is certifiably brilliant, IQ wise, any way you wish to look at it) and the lyrics to the songs show that brilliance just as a tiffany setting shows the brilliance of a well cut diamond solitaire.
My only hope is that with the current lineup, the new material will have the power of the old, and I deeply wish that the band would go back to its old line up -- surely the individuals who left to pursue individual projects now realize that they aren't getting anywhere very quickly (not to insult them, it is merely that this group of people make incredible music TOGETHER). Even Slash's 'Snakepit' leaves one feeling not quite fulfilled. The guitar is brilliant, but where are the stunning vocals, the raw power and catharsis of that voice? The same problem, I fear, will emerge when the new material comes out. We will have Axl's vocals.. but without Slash's guitar, who knows what they'll sound like.
My review of the video? Highest possible, buy it and watch it often, read the words, learn them by heart, sing along at the top of your voice in your car with the Guns N' Roses CDs on. My review of the band? The *best* band that ever was.. and my musical tastes are very wide and varied indeed. Still, if I had to pick a winner, it would be, it always would have to be, Guns N' Roses as it existed either at the time of Appetite for Destruction, or later during Illusions l and ll - Let's see those lineups back, and ASAP. Buy this video. You will not be sorry, and if its for the Guns N' Roses fan in your life.. they will love you forever and be stunned at your wisdom and good taste in gift giving. :)
Hope this has been helpful.