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Three decades later and Appetite For Destruction still sounds as fresh, daring, vibrant, and exciting as it did when it was first unleashed upon the world. Say what you like about what Guns and Axl have become but there remains something eternal about their first album. With each new generation of kids, it is this album which they are inevitably drawn to when they want...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews!,
Three decades later and Appetite For Destruction still sounds as fresh, daring, vibrant, and exciting as it did when it was first unleashed upon the world. Say what you like about what Guns and Axl have become but there remains something eternal about their first album. With each new generation of kids, it is this album which they are inevitably drawn to when they want their rebellious kick or taste of anger for the day, this is the album which young guitarists dream of, and the album which aspiring rock stars hope to emulate. Wiping away the poodle rock of the decade, grabbing MTV and the charts by the throat and shaking them within an inch of their lives, it takes a snarling look at 80s America- the excess, the paranoia, the sleeze, and how The American Dream had become something dirty but still attainable for ambitious young kids who knew how to get it. It's rare that an album comes along where every song is a classic- this almost achieves that and those songs which narrowly miss out are still screaming tunes of excellence which would stand out on any number of other bands' albums. Anrgy, raw, confident, with one foot in the gutter and the other in the heavens, Appetite For Destruction is a must for everyone.
`Welcome To The Jungle' opens the album with as instantly recognizable an introduction as your every likely to find. From the first 30 seconds we know most of what we will need to- Axl's screech, the teaming of Izzy's riffs and Slash's uncontrollable talent before the main guitars and vocals crash in. Axl sings a tale of a small town guy landing in LA and having to swim through the grime to prevent drowning in the mud. Everything is sleazy, sexy, and angry, though performed as if they are Lords of it all. The weaving tunes are inventive, shaking up the usual verse chorus format, and the guitar solos are the sort every young musician wishes they had written. The growling grows, the music grows more chaotic, and everything is memorable fist pumping but without the cheese. This is one of the all time great openers.
`It's So Easy' begins with a repetitive and hypnotic bass before Axl's vocals take a dip. This time he sings of how the small town man can succeed so easily with a little bit of experience- you can get everything if you know how. Axl turns this on its head by showing that the ease with which these things are accomplished quickly cheapens them, and soon everything appears shallow and worthless. Masochistic in parts, oddly tender in others, the guitars are once again crushing presenting us again with more classic riffs and solos. Axl's trademark screech soon breaks out, Steven's drums thrust everything forwards, and it all builds towards a big rock climax.
`Nightrain' is the band's love song to beer, and to night's out in a city which will swallow you if you aren't prepared. This usually opens live shows and is a fast paced, fuel injected mess of frantic guitars and yelling vocals. A fan favourite this nevertheless seems to be less well known as the big singles, unfortunate as this is the band at their defiant, vicious, and humourous best. Huge choruses and catchy verses melded with some of the best guitar twiddling you'll ever find propel this from start to finish.
`Out Ta Get Me' continues the stadium filling anthems with it's gargantuan 80s drums pumping us along. Axl sings of defiance from the law, from those who hate him, from those who love him. This is one big finger up to authority, and to anyone who ever dares question him. Although many have since seen Axl's ego become bloated and self interested, at the time no-one would have challenged the motivation and drive he shows here. Slash knocks another one out of the park with a big blues solo with metal and punk stylings, growing and shifting, fading and returning between chorus and verse. Everything races towards the finish line with a sly grin and a boot in the face of its competitors.
`Mr Brownstone' starts with another classic swirling riff or two before Axl joins in with lyrics about fame, excess, and primarily drugs. The punk and blues swagger is showcased here, the Stones influence given an added metal punch. Wah wah solos and groovy drums ensure this one is a big hitter in the rock bars and clubs, and usually fills the dance floor with swirling hair and shaking booty. The tale of drugs, addiction, and dependence was something which the band knew plenty about with most if not all having some sort of reliance, breakdown, and near death experience with the stuff.
`Paradise City' remains probably the greatest head banging song of all time; there is just something about the beat, the timing, and the feel of the drums which suits nodding your head up and down in a suicidal rhythm perfectly- you just can't help but jump around buck nuts to this. Axl again sings of the American dream in this beast of an anthem- this is as much an American national anthem as Born In The USA or The Stars And Stripes- the flags may be waving, but they're ripped, torn, and bloody. There are plenty of blues solo moments throughout the first few parts of the song, Slash and Izzy causing havoc by never repeating the same note or riff, but it is the last few charging minutes of glorious chaos which mark this as outstanding. Everything after `take me home' is shameless rock `n' roll brilliance, full throttle galloping, insane playing, and frenetic speed with no time to take a breath. And the vocals are pure fist pumping, sing along gold.
`My Michelle' thankfully slows things down for a few moments- a tongue in cheek love song of sorts, a dedication to all the starlovers and dreamers who move to the city with hopes of something better but get dragged down by drugs and prostitution just to get by. No punches are pulled in the lyrics with Axl taking snapshots of the worst parts of town, the darkest alleys, the dankest corners, while once again the guitars are kings. Chunky riffs with a groovy twist are the seedy heart of the song, while the person or people that the song is about should take heart that they have a champion.
`Think About You' has steadily become my favourite song on the album. It's the one everyone forgets, it was never a single, and it's never played live. Maybe it's a favourite because when I was younger I loved the other songs so much and any time you hear anything on the radio or TV it's one of the big songs. Those songs have somewhat lost their appeal and impact, but this one is great every time. It is, like Sweet Child, one of the lighter moments on the album but unlike that epic this dispenses with the mammoth solos and exuberance and instead gets straight to the point. It is quick, packed with feeling, and on top of it all has some truly great melodies. Naturally it is done with a slick and sick dose of humour and sexual imagery if you're filthy enough to pick up on it.
`Sweet Child O Mine' is the big one- the one everyone knows and loves; the one people can name even if they can't name any other song by the band. Beginning with one of the most famous guitar parts of all time it has all the classic Guns trademarks- Axl's harsh vocals traversing big melodies, soulful and electrifying solos, and lyrics which never shy away from the truth. Along with the video we see the tender side of the band- they may be dangerous, but they're still human, and most of the danger was pantomime anyway. The song and video drips of cool, from Slash's rarely seen face under a mop of curls, the cigarettes, the JD, Axl's dancing, and the sheer confidence and style of it all- while all the other 80s bands looked like they were sweating for attention, GNR simply stood they and played, and everything worked effortlessly.
`You're Crazy' on this album is the faster version, better than the one which appears on Lies. It's up tempo, with the usual mix of vicious lyrics and crashing guitars but it lacks some of the melodic quality of the other songs. It lacks anything truly memorable, but is still a great 80s rock song. The energy on display is top notch and there is no sign of any reserve or calming.
`Anything Goes' is the only song that I feel could be dropped from the album- I don't have anything against the lyrics, they're just a bit silly and add to the band's mythos, the music is ok- it just isn't up to the goodness of everything else. Something like Move To The City or Used To Love Her would have worked better, and as such this is the one song I would usually skip. The song has some funky guitar parts and is worth a giggle or two, but doesn't have the 5 star quality of everything else.
`Rocket Queen' gets things back on track, an immortal album closer and epic in every sense. All the themes from the album are condensed into the final track, as well as the emotional battles in the band moving from angry, bitter, and sarcastic, to hopeful, affectionate, and loving. Slash lets rip for one final time giving us note after note of genius, while Axl tears out his throat and sets fire to his lungs as he manoevers his own words and music. Everyone shines, from drums and bass, to the slide guitar, up to Axl, and it could be said that this was the last moment of coherence in the band. After this people began to leave, collapse, argue, leaving the pieces to be squished together for UYI. A brilliant ending to one of the best albums ever.
The 80s was the decade when the greatest moments of hard rock and metal were produced, and this stands tall above the rest. Taking their influence from the hedonistic bands of the 70s, mixing in a punk attitude, and adding the guitars of NWOBHM and American metal that was growing in popularity, Axl and Co created a monster which they would struggle to recover from. While there were neverending buckets of dross in the genre and much critical giggling directed its way, Appetite walk to the front of the crowd and declares itself as a work of art, and one which critics could not fail to notice and admire. It showcases one of those rare moments in music, in art, where everyone involved suddenly steps onto the same wavelength causing everything they do to gel into perfection. You already have it, so why are you listening to me?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First play was a golden moment of my life!,
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.
42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best,
I'd give this album twenty stars if I could, it's that important to me.
With the ubiquity of music TV these days, it's actually quite hard to remember that heavy metal was hard to get a hold of in the late 80s. Pop and dance ruled the airwaves, you only had TOTP, The Chart Show and The Tube (I hadn't heard of Later, or The Old Grey Whistle Test; was but a nipper in those days). I hadn't even heard of MTV - that was an American thing. But one day a music shop opened in my little hometown, which showed MTV, and that's where I first heard and saw "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine". A real epiphany; nothing was the same for me ever again, after getting in in 1988 for my 9th birthday. (The only real comparison has been hearing The Beatles' 67-70 album, and "Smell Like Teen Spirit"). I'm 27 now and have never ever tired of it.
GN'R might have lived the life, but musically they knew exactly what they were doing; they knew their musical history, and had a breadth of taste which "Appetite" only hinted at. Their forebears were, as they well knew, were Aerosmith, so much so that they explored Aerosmith's own influences, so that they are far more than 'Smith ripoffs, even on their first album.
GN'R were melded together in the deperate struggle for recognition and success that was the LA rock scene. Then dominated by Motley Crue and lesser bands like WASP and Ratt, GN'R came along and blew them away. Where Motley Crue had acheived success by having a crossover appeal (covering "Helter Skelter", a Beatles song, even on their heaviest album, "Shout At The Devil"), GN'R did it by tapping into an older, heavier tradition. They weren't pop-rock, they were hard-rock - much more visceral, with punk-rock's attitude, rock music's musicanship and with a live show of extraordinary magnetism.
"Appetite" is their purest statement. "Paradise City" is a metaphor for their ambition to be the biggest band in the world - "Take me down to the paradise city". "Sweet Child O' Mine" might have been their crossover moment, but rather than being a schmaltzy soft-rock anthem (as Poison etc had managed), it's a yearning, tender opener which modulates to a storming finale, with I think the most hair-raising guitar solo eve recorded. "It's So Easy" is the ultimate expression of young-man arrogance and testosterone, with Axl singing at the bottom of his range and the riff exploding out at you like a Molotov Cocktail of belligerent intent. "Nightrain", a song about a cheap tonic wine (like Buckfast) tells you about their days - "Said I'm a mean machine, been drinking gasoline and honey you can make my motor hum". "Rocket Queen" is a superb closer, starting with a brilliantly sleazy riff (and supposedly verite sounds in the middle), but ending on a storming, rousing, optimistic closer.
Axl sings brilliantly throughout, Slash's solos are magnificent, Duff's bass sounds much better than on "Use Your Illusion" - but the songs are never dominated by one band-member as they are on UYI. It's always a coherent, band album. It's the greatest metal album I know, and I've been into metal ever since I got this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appetite For Excellence,
1) Welcome To The Jungle (Album Version) [Explicit] 4:34.
2) It's So Easy 3:23.
3) Nightrain [Explicit] 4:27.
4) Out Ta Get Me 4:24.
5) Mr. Brownstone 3:49.
6)Paradise City (Album Version) [Explicit] 6:48.
7) My Michelle 3:39.
8)Think About You 3:50.
9)Sweet Child O' Mine 5:56.
10) You're Crazy 3:17.
11) Anything Goes 3:27.
12) Rocket Queen 6:14.
This is without doubt one of my Top 10 favourite albums of all time as Appetite For Destruction is a album of outstanding quality delvering twelve phenomenal rock tracks with stunning vocals by Axel Rose the amazing talent guitar talent of Slash who in my opinion is one of rocks greatest guitar players while Duff McKagan delivers excellence on Bass.
Appetite For Destruction works because the band were trying desperately to make it big in LA which they did as this album showcases plenty of quality songs & killer riffs from Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine, Paradise City being just a few of the amazing tracks delivered on this album.
Guns & Roses revitalised rock with a new edgy raw energetic vibe as the band became a worldwide rock phenomenon.
Overall Appetite For Destruction is a stunning album delivering sheer quality material that will have you air guitaring throughout the albums duration.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing to come out of the eighties......,
If rock music did indeed acheive perfection in the late seventies then the eighties were defined by rock music's own self destruction, a time when technology and urges to cross-dress became more important than the purity and power of the music that defined the seventies. Bands such as motley crue, poison, and other hairspray soaked bands from the L.A. scene ruled the heavy rock scene. So Guns n' Roses entered the scene in 1987 causing a storm and proving to be one of the fastest selling rock albums of all time. However at first glance they seem just like any band of the time, albeit slightly more rough and sleazy. The music though is completely uncharacteristic, a mix of off-the-rails heavy blues and anthemic power rock, a combination of the rolling stones, led zepelin and the sex pistols. Quite simply every song on the album is brilliant so to name the best would be doing the others a misjustice. They stand as frank and sometimes brutal acounts of their rock and roll lifestyles, sometimes ironic, occaisionaly soft and reminisant. Held together by powerful drumming of steven adler, laid back tones of Stradlin, aggresive bass from Mckeggan and topped off by the best lead guitar in a decade from Slash and the now iconic wailing from Rose. This is the sound of a band who would go on to become the biggest band in the world before their untimely self destructive demise in 96.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars find yourseld singing along to both axl and slash,
This album along with Hendrix's 'are you experianced?' is definitly one of the albums that changed my life.
i'm going to have to buy a new copy of appeite for destruction beccause mine has become so tatterd from using it so much.
After about a month of listening to it i started to find myself not just singing along with the lyrics but the solos, it's that good!
An essential purchase for anyone who loves music. The effect it has had upon rock music can still be heard, over 19 years later. An all time classic and groudbreaking album, up there with, Led Zeppelin 1, Are you Experianced?, Nevermind, Back In Black, Paranoid. I can go on for ever. Just Buy It. It's worth it!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album,
When I was 6 my dad rented this album from a library and I was instantly taken and literally had to buy Appetite a few months later...First and best album i have ever purchased.
Whether you are into hard rock or hair metal in particular or just a looking for a good listen buy this album.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Album. Ever.,
By A Customer
This is easily the best album I have ever listened to. Every single song is verging on perfect. There is not one track that lets it down.
The best song is definately Nightrain, which is absolutely amazing! Other great songs on it are Welcome to the Jungle, Rocket Queen, Paradise city, My Michelle, Sweet Child of Mine, and Mr Brownstone. But they're all fantastic!
Oh, and if you're a guitarist like me then it's worth getting just for the chance to listen to Slash, who is brilliant on it!
Damn, I'm not really sure what else to say. Erm, just buy it, I guess. Yeah, that does the trick. You'll thank me later.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life!,
I remember in the late 80’s when this album exploded into my life. The first time I heard Slash’s riffs, solos and guitar phrasings, I knew I was witnessing something special. It reminded me of the first time I had heard Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour or Eddie Van Halen. It was one of those moments one never ever forgets. When a musicians style just hits you hard, and you feel it. Of course it was not a one man band, Axl, Duff, Izzy and Steven were very talented in their own right. But Slash just blew me away. David Gilmour is my favourite guitarist. But the day I bought “Appetite for destruction” and witnessed the playing from the mysterious man in the top hat, was the day myself as a guitarist was born. This record rubbed off on me that much.
The attitude that is evident in this record is what really grabbed most people by the nuts. It seemed like an eternity since a real hard rock band, who were completely self-destructive had come about. Maybe the last such phenomenon was the Sex Pistols? But that was ten years earlier, more than long enough for the masses. Then this record hit the shelves and changed all that. I hate to promote the bad boy lifestyle, but the fact that Guns N’ Roses were so self-destructive and mean, only added to the extreme excitement of their music. And I’m talking about being truly bad. Not drinking beer in the corner with the thousand yard stare. But actually carrying out acts of carnage and destruction. Of course I’ll give a quick salute to Motley Crue, but otherwise what other bands were really genuinely living like animals at the end of the 80’s?
“Welcome to the jungle” openly demonstrates Hollywood is not all glitz and glamour, and in fact you’ll most likely get swallowed up. Only the strong survive. This song is worth a listen alone for the climax where Axl begins to squeal and moan. “It’s so easy” is kind of like a punk/sleaze rock hybrid, and is one of the songs that truly reflects this band. The atmosphere is rabid and uncomfortable. “Nightrain” is an absolute barnstormer and has so many memorable riffs and leads. I found it quite annoying that Slash is playing a really interesting solo when the song begins to fade out.
“Mr Brownstone” has a very infectious riff and chorus, and is supposedly a stark warning about the dangers of heroin. Of course “Paradise city” is one of the greatest feel good rock anthems, even though most people overlook the cynical lyrics. But who could fail to be moved when the song transcends into madness, and the guitar solo that unrelentlessly goes on and on, the listener feels like they’re being pulled into a vortex of rock and roll mayhem. “Think about you” has some interesting acoustic work under the molten hot rock licks...new listeners look out for that. “Sweet child o’ mine” obviously helped catapult this band into the stratosphere along with “..Jungle” and “Paradise City”. The final track “Rocket queen” definitely deserves a quick shout out, because it really is amazing. It slowly winds along getting into the groove, and once it does it doesn’t let up...but then the song kind of goes into a jam, when the orgasmic moans and groans of a women can be heard. (The story behind that is hilarious, for those who know!), then the song eventually winds down into a somber ballad, Axl suddenly going at it from a much more sensitive angle.
All the songs are killer, I wish I had the time to describe them all in minute detail, but sadly I do not. If you’re new to rock buy this for sure. If you’re not new to rock but always gave this album a miss, go in with fresh ears I guarantee you wont regret it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars needs no title,
There have got to be countless reviews of this album, and I find it hard to contemplate that any of them are bad... I'm not about to break the trend, but will simply repeat and reitrate the greatness of the rock music that is appetite for destruction. I loved it as soon as I heard it, it has not been out of my stereo for longer than a week since I first burned a copy of it, and since I got an MP3 player it hasnt been out of my ears for more than a day!
I'm not about to offer any constructive criticism here, I'm probably biased and my opinion is worthless but for what it's worth I think the only bad point about this album that Axl sings so goddamn high I have trouble keeping in the same octave as him... and I'm a girl as well! So much to the aural discomfort of my friends I wail along to every one of the tracks on a regular basis. Although 'night-train' would probably be my favourite if I am forced to choose one, this album is just packed full of killer tunes... from the power ballad of 'think about you' to the ones everyone knows, the undisputed classics 'paradise city', 'welcome to the jungle' and 'sweet child...' you have simply got to buy this album. If you cant buy it, burn a copy off a friend. If you have no friends with decent taste in music, or no CD rewriter then download it. If you aint got the worldwideweb, or even no computer then I pity you in that you might never experience the liquid pleasure that is slash's fretmanship, and the raw power of rock n roll that is: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION.
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