Guns N' Roses
G N' R Lies


3.5
great

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
October 8th, 2009 | 20 replies | 8,722 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One half loud, one half soft. Turned out great.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

After an impressive and rough debut, Guns N’ Roses were going to take some time to record their next proper album (or in fact, albums, as the Use Your Illusions were only released in ’91, 4 years after Appetite). In ’88, we got treated with an in-between EP: G N’ R Lies. Was it worth the effort? Yes, I could say so. Lies is a combination of Guns’ debut EP Live Like a Suicide, which makes up the album’s first half, and four other newly recorded mainly acoustic tracks.

For those who have not heard that particular debut EP, Lies proves to be more interesting, of course. While its two halves may seem a bit grabbed together, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the music itself. Reckless Life, Nice Boys, Move to the City and Mama Kin (the second and the latter being a Rose Tattoo and Aerosmith cover, respectively) sound just like the majority of Appetite: loud, sloppy and destructive. The tracks are nothing noteworthy after the release of their debut, but show that Guns got the stuff well taken care of live just as well as in the studio. It’s mainly lovely noisy guitars by Slash and Stradlin, and Rose wailing about what may be, even if the particular lyrics were not written by them, the essential Guns N’ Roses expression: ‘Nice boys don’t play rock n’ roll!’

This is countered right away by a softly whistling Rose as Patience, and therefore Lies’ second half kicks off, showing a first glimpse of the band’s more sensitive side. Predominantly accompanied by simple but effective acoustic guitars, the tracks is Guns' first real ballad (whereas Sweet Child was very, very obviously a hard rock ballad).

An acoustic rehash of You’re Crazy seems a bit useless though, as there was really nothing to improve upon of the original version. It was meant as a loud track, and it should have remained a loud track. Used to Love Her is fairly enjoyable but doesn’t stand out because it has Rose basically repeating the line ‘I used to love her, but I had to kill her’ over and over again.

And as the record closes off with the lengthier One in A Million (yes, that’s the one with the controversial ‘immigrants and faggots, they don’t make sense to me’ line), that leaves its listener with quite a satisfied experience. Lies may be a mixed bag, it is nevertheless a great bag. Apart from the excellent ballad Patience and the controversy on the closer, nothing in particular stands out. But hey, there’s no bad eggs either. Lies’ most interesting feature may just be the contrast between loud and soft, which also takes care of the needed variety. It’s fun, and though it’s closer to the rawer Appetite than it is to the more pretentious Illusions, the ballads would certainly be an inspiration to Guns’ future sound, making it somewhat of a transition record . Can’t really go wrong with it either.

Essential listening:

Reckless Life
Nice Boys
Patience
One in a Million


- William Bruce ‘Axl’ Rose, Jr. ~ Lead Vocals
- Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson ~ Lead and Acoustic Guitars
- Michael Andrew ‘Duff’ McKagan ~ Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
- Jeffery Dean ‘Izzy Stradlin’ Isbell ~ Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Steven Adler ~ Drums, Percussion




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nagrarok
October 8th 2009



8196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh no, he's at it again.

Can't help it, sorry. I was in a rather laid-back mood when writing this, it might show.

LepreCon
October 8th 2009



3940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band sorta turned me on to heavy music, which is ironic given that half this album is made up of acoustic ballad-like songs. Good review

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Greggers
October 8th 2009



2375 Comments


Your discography reviews are always good, looking forward to some Spaghetti Incident bashing

Nagrarok
October 8th 2009



8196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And get it you will. It is such a waste, especially when considering it was the last thing the true Guns N' Roses released.

Jesuslaves
October 8th 2009



4655 Comments


One In A Million is up there with my favorite GNR songs.


I actually prefer this and the Illusions to Appetite. CD doesn't deserve a mention.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2009



8327 Comments


another great review Nagrarok. Yeah, it depends on tomorrow, but i may take a little break from sputnik till the end of october so don't be too beat-down if i miss your reviews as I am simply not on sputnik.

Nagrarok
October 8th 2009



8196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Going away somewhere?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2009



8327 Comments


naah real-life is fucked up. Need time to think and cope with the fact that I have probably lost the best thing that ever happened to me just like that.

pizzamachine
October 8th 2009



12571 Comments


Was it a girl?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2009



8327 Comments


yes Pizza and no, there is no point in wasting the comments of this fabulous review on the thread of me sucking at life.

pizzamachine
October 8th 2009



12571 Comments


Yah, I don't want to intrude anyway.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2009



8327 Comments


it's cool man, it's just that there is no point in using up the comments space here. This is still a music site, even though people are actually talking about music here less and less with every day. If you really want we can always move into shoutboxes.

Chewie
October 8th 2009



4531 Comments


brilliant review as always man

Enotron
December 22nd 2009



7695 Comments


Police and Niggers? Immigrants and Faggots? I LOVE IT!!!!

shindip
December 22nd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to love her was awesome

TheCompilationMan768
August 10th 2010



75 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Actually "You're Crazy" was originally an acoustic song. Otherwise, great review. I was never a huge fan of this, prefering Appetite and the Illusion albums. This is better than Spaghetti Incident though, and leagues away from (shudder) Chinese Democracy.

deslad
November 26th 2013



351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A just OK album; nowhere near their previous and next albums.

Digging: Deep Purple - Made in Japan

SitarHero
November 26th 2013



4661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review is good except for this:

"Used to Love Her is fairly enjoyable but doesn’t stand out because it has Rose basically repeating the line ‘I used to love her, but I had to kill her’ over and over again."

What the fuck? Did you actually listen to the song or did you skip it immediately after the first line?

SitarHero
November 26th 2013



4661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just noticed that this review is from 2009. Still, it's pretty damn lazy in general. Neg.

1eyedroach
June 4th 2014



10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

always wished they would've done more acoustic tracks. axls voice was great and slash and co were on point



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