One brilliant song, six good ones, one to forget
Musically, anyway, I love Guns n’ Roses. They were the first band I every got into off my own back as a kid. I used to listen to their stuff endlessly.
I say I love Guns n’ Roses musically, I’m not so keen on some of their career choices. And let’s face it, most of those choices were driven by the ego and pigheadedness of Mr W. Axl Rose.
The controversy surrounding GN’R Lies goes before the music. Well, the controversy regarding one song, at least.
Let’s talk about the music of the eight songs first. The first four is an early live recording and the last four are acoustic numbers. The live recordings are super-tight and clearly show the punk-metal brilliance that was to follow on Appetite for Destruction a year later without, perhaps, some of the charm of the Appetite songs. The acoustic numbers show a side of Guns that a lot of people won’t know of, particularly the utterly brilliant – and stand out song from the mini-album – ‘Patience’.
So, inevitably the last song, ‘One in a Million’, has to sadly be mentioned. Musically it’s really good. Lyrically it’s a disgrace. No matter how in latter years Axl has tried to style out his use of racist and homophobic language as an artistic stand-point, there is no excuse for it. It was a stupid, stupid thing to do.
It’s a shame, because of ‘One in a Million’ GN’R Lies has been put in the dumper of records of notoriety, when really it should be up there. Because of ‘One in a Million’ I can never really enjoy this record.
Love it. Guns n Roses rule. Every track is a pure classic, bring them back! If your a true Guns n Roses fan, then this cd is just pure excellence.
Guns n Roses - Lies.
When this album was released it, came out at a time when the band was in a somewhat confused state. There were internal arguments and disillusion all around. There were cancelled dates and cancelled album releases, so this was brought out to bridge that gap. The album itself is not the "Roses" at their best, but it takes the listener back to the early days with some powerful "raw" rock and roll. This album shows the "newer" fan what the the band could do on the live set, in their ealier creation. A recommended part of any true "rocker's" co;;ection.
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I had this album on cassette tape 20 years ago and had forgotten all about it until recently updating my I-Pod.
Guns N' Roses never fulfilled their potential into the 1990's but thyis album from mid to late '80's was absolutely brilliant. A perfect mixture of live rock and acoustic classics.
a ablum for hardcore gnr fans
this is gnr in there hay day laying down 4 acoustic tracks and 4 typical gnr tracks. the ablum has some really simple songs on it which makes it really easy to like. axl is at hes best with this ablum and theres some really great guitar solos from slash. i think if u r a big gnr fan defintly buy this ablums its not as good as appeitte for destrusion or the use ur illusions ablums but its something that shows a different side of the band