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Best thing to come out of the eighties......,
This review is from: Appetite For Destruction (Audio CD)
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.