My review of the album ‘Appetite For Destruction’, the biggest-selling debut in rock history, by Guns N’ Roses. The debut album from the band, this album is considered one of the best rock and roll albums of all time. It’s without a doubt one of my classic rock favourites.
Who are Guns N’ Roses?
Guns N’ Roses is an American hard rock rebellious band from Los Angeles. They formed together in 1985. Originally consisting of vocalist and front man Axl Rose, troubled, but talented all the same in my opinion. Lead guitarist Slash (biggest bad ass ever), rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Guns N’ Roses have released six studio albums altogether, their increasing popularity makes them the 41st best-selling artist of all time. They are best known for Axl’s high vocals and iconic killer guitar riffs, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ anyone?
Over the years they went through several different people in the band, 22 different line-ups to be exact. Only with Axl Rose being the only original remaining member throughout. Though people and fans were utterly convinced, Guns N’ Roses never actually split up. Sure I guess they had their quiet periods. It was around 1994 when the band started falling out, particularly Axl and the others. People were fired and people left, it was rumoured that the band had broken up for good. They were inducted in the hall of fame in the year 2012, but it wasn’t till 2015 that the majority of original band members made peace again, and started touring.
The tracks for ‘Appetite For Destruction’:
- Welcome To The Jungle
- It’s So Easy
- Out Ta Get Me
- Mr. Brownstone
- Paradise City
- My Michelle
- Think About You
- Sweet Child O’ Mine
- You’re Crazy
- Anything Goes
- Rocket Queen
‘Appetite For Destruction’, the album itself
Guns N’ Roses shot right up to stardom with their debut album ‘Appetite For Destruction’. Today, it is still the biggest-selling debut in rock history. The album took influence from 70’s hard rock with a rebellious flare thrown in. Obviously? This album was defining in the classic rock era, When the album was first released, music critics complained that its massive success was fostered by the taboo of “sex, drugs and rock & roll”. It was the 80’s after all what did they really expect? Besides this album is home to some of the major hits by the band, songs that have influenced rock and roll itself for years to come. That and pure all-around crowd pleasers.
The lead guitarist Slash has received critical acclaim and is considered one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. And if that wasn’t cool enough, Slash has also done a shit-ton of charity work for those less fortunate. While Axl has been named as one of the best singers of all time by both NME and Rolling Stone due to his wide vocal range and electrifying performances. Sadly I’ve never seen them perform live, but I know a number of people who have, and each time they’ve been blown away. Incredible.
Racist and Homophobic?
During his career, Axl Rose has had many accusations of himself being racist and homophobic in his song writing. I you listen to the lyrics of the song ‘One In A Million’, he uses racist and homophobic slurs during the song, which obviously, a lot of people were not happy with at all. Although people may marvel at his musical talent, it could also be argued by some that Axl Rose is one of the biggest douche bags in the world.
In his defence, he said he never meant to use the racial slur in a derogatory way. It’s definitely not the first time people have used slurs in their work, therefore Axl thought it didn’t matter. It was a similar story for the homophobic slurs, he added them simply because they “fit”. Axl has described himself as “pro-heterosexual”, but doesn’t hate gay people at all. He performed with musical legend Elton John, who defended Axl against his accusations of homophobia, how lovely is that?
What I love about the tracks on this album is that there isn’t one that isn’t a crowd pleaser. Every track is matched with hard rock guitars and wild vocals and memorable guitar riffs. As some songs have similar compositions you could say it lacks diversity, but even then all songs are enjoyable and turn you into a rock star for like half an hour or so. The opening track to ‘Appetite For Destruction’ is probably my favourite; ‘Welcome To The Jungle’. Amazing intro that builds up with a progressive drum roll and echoing guitar. It’s eerie and intriguing. Moreover, all Guns N’ Roses songs have always got excellent introductions. It’s what makes them, and classic rock, more memorable.
Tracks like ‘Mr. Brownstone’ are perfect because they create that sense of daring edge, they are typical classic rock tunes which were always going to be enjoyable. A similar feeling you get from ‘Nightrain’. Another favourite is the fast paced energetic ‘You’re Crazy’. Which if you think about it, truly lives up to its name. Each song had been quite steady and punchy but then this comes along. Each musician uses their instrument powerfully to punch you in the face, as well as Axl screaming. It’s fulfilling. It is no wonder that these artists are so critically acclaimed, their talent shines through in this album. And they even threw in a certain rock ballad that has exploded over the years, none other than the hit ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. After Axl heard Slash messing about with the iconic riff, he made him keep it and they created something fucking incredible.
Conclusion and Rating?
As classic as ever, this album was the best introduction a rock band has ever given in their career. With songs that are iconic and memorable, filled with amazing musical talent and solid lyrics. Despite what you think or believe about certain band members, or even if you don’t keep up with Guns N’ Roses anymore, there is no denying that ‘Appetite For Destruction’ is definitely one of the best rock and roll albums of all time. I give this absolute classic album 4 stars.