Lightweight and accessible, GNR Lies is more a double EP than a studio album proper. Indeed, the first half of the disc - the electric half - was originally released as a live EP pre-Appetite For Destruction, and on its four tracks you can almost feel the band on the verge of something spectacular. The standout tracks here are the funky Move To The City and the raucous cover of Aerosmith's Mama Kin, which arguably surpasses the original.
But it is on the acoustic second half where the real interest lies. In start contrast to the rocking first half, these next four tracks show a side of GNR not witnessed before or since. This is most notable on the intimate ballad Patience, a rare display of sensitivity from the band. I Used To Love Her and You're Crazy are pleasing lightweight numbers, before finally we get One In A Million - perhaps the most objectionable lyrics ever written, set to a cheerful melody and lightly-strummed guitar chords. Quite superb!
Lies was only ever meant as a stop-gap while the much more important Use Your Illusion project was in the making. As it turned out, GNR were about to lose the plot, and Lies stands as a relic from a time when they knew how to keep things simple.