If your reading this review then somehow you missed the GNR phenomenon first time around. Maybe if you're of a younger age and wondering what the fuss was about this will help out. Otherwise there's no excuses! I'll make this easy for us all; Civil War, 14 Years, Yesterdays, Breakdown, Estranged and You Could Be Mine are some of the very best songs GNR EVER recorded. The other tracks are merely very very good. Be warned though, this is a different sounding GNR to the raw unbridled brilliance of Appetite for Destruction. This is a more rounded, melodic & polished recording. Appetite for Genius, buy it.
This is generally a very good light-to-hard rock album, but after having heard the amazing Appetite For Destruction, it doesn't seem that special. Nevertheless, most of the tracks are good, and some of them are very good, with imaginative songwriting, eg. Civil War, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Locomotive, and So Fine. Estranged would also have been included for its excellent dramatic powers if it wasn't for the really quite unnessesary and tiresome second part of the song which goes on for ever. A couple of other songs are slightly dull in material, but there is nothing really weak as such. I would say, if you haven't got Appetite for Destruction, buy that first. If you have, and you really like it, then buy Use You're Illusion 2 as well. Generally its very good.
This is possibly the most frequeltly underated album in rock music, the reason being that nothing could possibly follow 'Appetite for Destruction'. 'Use Your Illusion II' is a fantastic album and in SOME WAYS better then 'Appetite for Destruction'. 'Civil War', 'Yesterdays', 'Breakdown' and 'Estranged'(my favourite song) are 3 of the standouts, and are interestingly all ballads by Guns N Roses standards. The album also contains the scathing 'Get in the Ring', 'You Could be Mine', 'Shotgun Blues' and 'Pretty Tied Up' as well to give it some added rock n roll. Finally, the best version of 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' completes the listening experience on an album that shows that GNR can not only produce fantastic rock n roll but that they can produce soulful and remorseful epics as well. This is the second best album ever made, one behind 'Appetite For Destruction'.