Guns N' Roses' debut album is more than a rock 'n' roll record: it was the portrait of a bunch of kids living on the edge in the dark atmosphere of Los Angeles, partying all night, having sex with whoever came across, hitting high on drugs, having their hearts broken in one night and back up again the following one.
Their music was not the kind of tunes your mother wants you to listen to. Their music wasn't pretty; it was dark, edgy, nasty, sleazy, with a lot of swearing, stories of broken lives they contacted with during their youth. And you feel they lived what they sang about. You could tell by the way Adler would crazy on the drums; the agressive bass lines of Duff; the dueling guitars of Izzy and Slash; and Axl's vocals, singing lines he really felt to heart.
What makes Appetite For Destruction so great is that is was pure. There was no pretension. What they said was what they meant. From the lifestyle on the edge, pictured on side one of the old vynil, to their loves of youth, pictured on side two.
In addition, the production of the album was very rough. It doesn't sound clean; it is raw and dirty. In a way, one could say it was amateurish. But that just adds to the beauty of this record. GN'R was not the most polished band around. They were, in fact, supposed to screw up every time they hit the stage. And they did. And the crowd loved it. Why? Because they were no machines. They were also not the most talented guys around. But the fans felt they spoke for them as well. A bunch of normal guys, with some instruments, going on and on about their out of whack lifestyle.
Because of what I said above, I believe no record will ever top this one. Because there has never been (and I doubt very much that there will be) a more genuine album than this one. So hear it over and over again and worship this masterpiece, because it will never get old.