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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews!, 7 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Spaghetti Incident? (Audio CD)
Once there was this rock and roll band rollin, but by the time 93 came around all the wheels had come off, someone had nicked the engine, and the driver was a limbless entity pushing the chassis slowly off a cliff. Rather than concentrating on fixing things, writing and recording new material, the band decided to do a quick album of covers as their previous cover work had arguably always improved on the originals. Unfortunately no-one cared anymore- the band were worn out, Kurt was ruling the waves, and any relic of the 80s was being hunted down and executed. It looked like this was going to be a final hurrah, one last shot before collapsing into a coma of excess but in the end it was more like a weak, old drunk swinging at the barman for refusing his final dollar bill and keeling over in his own vomit.

`Since I Don't Have You' opens promisingly enough with a big, lazy guitar from Slash before morphing into something which wouldn't have sounded out of place in Dirty Dancing. It's about as different a song you could imagine G'n'R playing although they manage to make it sound like it suits them with the lyrics about falling apart. It's a good opener and has some little tweaks of experimentation which hinted at what could have come next.

`New Rose' gets the rock rolling, a cover of The Damned song which shows the band's (particularly Duff's) love of punk bands. Duff sings here as he does on many of the songs, it's fast, the drums are huge, and Slash and Gilby add as many twiddles as they can find room for.

`Down On The Farm' is a pretty good cover of the UK Subs song, quite humourous because of Axl's accent (and the sheep stuff). It's played well, sung well, but as with a lot of punk it is short verse chorus verse style which never fitted in well with the way Guns played. This problem doesn't affect this song too badly, but is clear on many others here.

`Human Being' suffers from great repetition and being too long. Although the NYD song is good I think Guns really should have gone down the super fast route on this one. The solo is a bit of a non starter and doesn't stand out, although Slash lets loose for the final couple of minutes much of which is covered by other noise.

`Raw Power' is thankfully much shorter and quicker although there isn't enough of interest here to warrant more than a few listens. The dual vocals don't really work well, maybe it was the production, maybe it was the song that didn't suit it. Again it isn't until the end where the guitars come out but by then we don't care.

`Aint It Fun' sees Michael Monroe join Rose on vocals for one of the better songs. This one is quite sultry during the voices, then the chorus comes pumping out with some style. The middle part is quite silly with the macho/drug fuelled lyrics, but the rest of the song is good with a subtle solo and effective lyrics performed well.

`Buick Makane' mixes T-Rex and Soundgarden for a quite funky song with swirling guitars but it's all very boring until the last few moments of swearing and jamming which spice things up. Slash helps out with the vocals.

`Hair Of The Dog' is a Nazareth cover sounding like Daytripper, a decent enough song but doesn't have any great moments to make it truly memorable.

`Attitude' sees the Misfits song covered, really they could have squeezed in a few more of their famously short songs for a medley. This is good again, just the right length to not be repetitive.

`Black Leather' is one of the least interesting songs on the album, maybe because I don't find the original too hot, maybe because there are no big melodies. The riff is seductive enough but it becomes boring and repetitive quickly.

`You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory' raises things well, another Duff tribute to Johnny Thunders. His voice suits the drawling, lazy nature of the song, and thankfully this one has decent melodies in the verse and chorus. It mixes acoustics with big drums and backing riffs by Slash.

`I Don't Care About You' is quite interesting with Axl doing more strange things with his voice, although who knows what's going with the lyrics. This soon morphs into a Axl cover of a Charles Manson song which the band weren't happy about. It's a good enough song, again not really like anything the band had done before with soft guitars and backing. Whatever the reasons for choosing this song, and the misunderstanding of it, it's a strange end to the album, and quite a nice tune.

And so, it all came to and end, for a while at least. Slash fell into a Snakepit, Axl and Dizzy kept rolling and eating, while Duff, Matt, and Gilby eventually went off to other pursuits. I remember all the metal mags arguing over what was going to happen, saying the band was finished after such a lackluster effort, while it would take another 15 years for the next album to finally arrive. In truth most of the covers here are played with high energy, it's just that the songs themselves aren't iconic enough, or good enough. Too many are short, too many are samey, and we miss the G'n'R writing. In the end this is an album which I very rarely listen to now, maybe with a couple of truly great songs it could have been good.
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Initial post: 15 Jun 2014 19:09:11 BDT
"Human Being" etc etc aren't "iconic"
You listen to too much crap

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2014 11:14:11 BDT
Eh?
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