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No 'Appetite,' but nowhere near as bad as the hysteria on its release suggested!
on 11 September 2016
This is not the best G'N'R album, in fact, some would argue you can't call this a G'N'R album full stop, as it's only Axl Rose from the much-loved original line up that's present! So I find that a bit silly really when people expect 'Appetite For Destruction Mk2.' They're not the same people, they're a different band, times are different and even Axl isn't the sleazy, skint, hedonistic scumbag he was pre-1987...well he's not skint at least. But my point is, the drive they had back then, is not the same as it is now, so you can't expect the same album or sound, and honestly, why would you want the same album twice? You may as well buy 'AFD' on CD and iTunes - it wouldn't make a difference!
There are some genuinely brilliant songs here, the title track, 'Shackler's Revenge,' 'Better,' are all riffy and hook-laden in equal measure. These three and 'I.R.S,' are future classics or hidden gems depending on how history and the band treats them, but since the recent reunion tours have been playing some tracks off this album, they just might sneak into the first category. There are other greats as well, and there is no doubt there is something for mostly anyone, whether it be the epicness of 'If The World' and 'There Was a Time,' to the bonkers mish mash of styles that is 'Scraped,' with a few pop-esgue mellow numbers in between.
Not all songs are brilliant though, the most common problem is that a lot of them overstay their welcome and one or two are just plain terrible, but overall, the songwriting is pretty solid and you'd have a hard time imagining any other band coming up with these songs let alone Axl's unmistakable howl and rasp!
The lyrics book and artwork are also one of the best and most artsy (in a good way) I can remember, featuring all the lyrics and some great shots of that incarnation of the band as well as a cool 'Chinese' motif I guess you can call it!
On a side note, big kudos to the dealer, this arrived quickly and before its scheduled date, which is a nice change!