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  • Vinyl
  • Label: GEFFEN
  • ASIN: B00424UKVY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 941,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album very much represents the pinicle of achivement for one of the greatest rock & roll bands ever. It builds upon Appetite for Destruction and Use your Illusion One in masterful style. With the exception of My World and Shotgun Blues, each track on the album is a modern masterpiece within itself. Of course the highlight of the album is the 14 minute opus, Estranged. It is hard to put into words just how much talent the track represents. Two of the most sublime guitar solos ever combine with the most heart felt lyrics to be found on any album. The use of use of constant cultural references thorughout the album in quotations, gives the album as a whole a delicious flavour of Post-Modernist angst. This is very much a thinking mans rock album. It is one of the greatest suprises of the music world that such an amazing album as this was followed by the horror that was the Spaggeti Incident, Oh well. Buy Use Your Illusion 2 today!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mike Cormack on 30 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a very different beast from "Appetite", or even UYI Vol 1. Whilst Guns always could rip it up and tear it out with the best of them (and they do so brilliantly on Vol 1's "Perfect Crime", "Right Next Door To Hell", "Bad Obsession" and so on), on this album there's a concerted effort to display musical and emotional growth. Axl was always a broader musican than Slash - a fact evident from the fact that on this moderately-paced album, Slash only has 3 or 4 writing credits. This is very much Axl's baby, although the quibbling over credits (unlike "Appetite", which is band-credited) already suggests the loss of band solidarity. This album is less of a stomping hard-rock album and more of a classic rock album, where the act is established and they can now stretch their wings. Slash has already said that the UYI albums are their equivalent of the White Album.

The songwriting is I think consistently stunning. There's more, and more varied, emotion too. God only knows why "Estranged" isn't more recognised - it's one of the pinnacles of their acheivement, a cold, disconsolate beginning, shifting (via one of Slash's finest ever lines) to a sneering, callow hauteur, then a sad, yearning instrumental, to a open and warming ending, closing on an almost desperate note. "So Fine", sung wonderfully by Duff, has shivers and sighs of pure emotion, a rock ballad of unusual exquisiteness. "Locomotion", like "Estranged", considers the end of relationships and the realisation of emotional emptiness, Axl's nasal, almost-sneering delivery suggestive of the immaturity he's singing about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Howe on 30 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
After creating possibly the finest debut album in rock history, Guns N' Roses found themselves with the all-important question: How do you follow-up something like 'Appetite For Destruction'? The answer, it seems, was to do something completely different. By 1991 Guns N' Roses were a very different band to the one which exploded onto the rock scene four years earlier and that is reflected in the sound of this experimental piece of work.

Bassist Duff McKagan honestly put it; "This is a different sound. It's the sound of a different band. When we made the first album we were all living in one apartment sleeping on the floor, by the time we made the second record we all had our own houses and a million in the bank..."

The band now had time to play with their sound and do whatever they wished. 'Use Your Illusion' is the album where Guns N' Roses opened it's wings musically and soared to it's highest heights, as well as diving to it's lowest depths. In fact it is this rollercoaster nature which makes this album such a great listen. Rock critics widely report that if they had combined the finest material from 'Use Your Illusion I' & 'Use Your Illusion II' onto just one album they would have created one of the best rock records of all time. As it stands, however, we get two separate albums which feature quite a few of the best rock songs ever written scattered among b-side material.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Paylor on 8 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
What proved to be their last album was one of their finest. Having said that they only made three albums full albums of new material (Appetite, Illusion 1 & Illusion 2). Lies and Spaghetti were mere fills during major tours.
Illusion 2 gave us the newer material that the band had at the time as Illusion 1 was made up old songs that never made Appetite. I remember waiting for the albums to be released and going to Wembley Stadium the week before they were released. The new songs songed good live but I found them to be even better on record. GNR were a band of highs and lows, but when they were good they were the best on the planet at the time. Illusion 2 seemed to capture the band at the height of their powers and is an album not to be missed. Rock songs at the time had to be short and sweet with the epic's being a thing of the past. This album though changed things and people realised once again that a long song was not a bad song. Estranged, Breakdown, Pretty Tied Up, Locomotive and Civil War being the highlights. Pretty Tied Up once again showing the darker side of GNR in their lyrics. This is still an album that should be part of any rock lovers collection.
This is one of the highlights from one of the all time great rock bands.
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