I bought Appetite for Destruction about three years ago now when I took the advise of a very close friend, when in a music store I didn't know what I wanted to spend a fiver on. A fiver I tell you. I got this record home and my taste for music took a sudden change or heart. This is a slightly bias review, but as a Music Degree Student at Southampton, it will be honest.
On my first listen, the opening few notes of "Welcome to the Jungle" instantly captures your attention. It's a soft but also harsh way into the album, as within seconds the drumkit pounds away and before you know it, you are full pelt in the middle of a hard rock phenomenon that is Guns'n'Roses. Axl's voice is outstanding, soaring above the band like a mantis. Each song is anthemic, oozing with Rock'n'Roll attitude and aggression, both lyrically and melodically.
Track two, "It's So Easy", leaves where the Jungle left off, with Axl's ranting of "Why Don't You, Just F*** Off" showing his aggression.
Since listening to this and becoming a fan of the genre, the guitar riffs and solo's are hard to beaten by any band. Aerosmith and ACDC are close contenders for this, but neither have a voice as strong as Axl's. Matter of opinion really, but listening to the huge hit, "Sweet Child 'O Mine", the Guns have created a masterpiece. Not one track fails to stop being part of the incredible hyperflow of Rock'n'Roll energy that surges through the album. It zings along at incredible speed thanks to the incredible rhythm section of Slash, Duff and Izzy. Other notable tracks, in my opinion, are Mr.Brownstone, My Michelle and Nightrain.
This album changed my life when I heard it and I became addicted to classic rock. I can vouch that they are still an impressive live band, with a huge hit album on the way.