Guns N' Roses
G N' R Lies


3.5
great

Review

by BenjoJames USER (18 Reviews)
February 13th, 2013 | 21 replies | 753 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All in all a great release from a classic band. Whilst not an ideal introduction to the band, it serves well to transcend its status as being 'just' a mini-album.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

If there's any release that epitomises the duality of good ol' fashioned rock and/or roll it's 'Lies'. The first half consisting of a live EP released prior to their debut 'Appetite for Destruction', the latter four being acoustic tracks, this mini-album showcases the Gunners bad boy attitude as much as it does their knack for quality songwriting.

Opener 'Reckless Life' is one track that is solely designed for the live arena. One can practically hear a tide of sweat, beer and hairspray beneath Axl Rose's caterwauling as the band tear through this punky hard rocker. 'Nice Boys' (Rose Tattoo cover) follow and picks the pace right up, the Guns boys sounding like a bunch of punks who've lost their way into the Deep South, such is their appropriation of 12-bar boogie and snotty-nosed nihilism. 'Nice boys don't play rock n' roll' they tell us, and they would know, picking up from where Aerosmith left off with the Jack Daniels soaked blues-punk-glam that has since defined them. 'Move to the City' emphasises the blues part of the equation, and one can't help but tap a foot to Slash's pentatonic phrasing. Such is the power of the fuzzy-haired six-stringer's playing that his tobacco-sunburst Les Paul doesn't so much play as it does sing and cry. Following this is a cover of Aerosmith's 'Mama Kin', and if there's one band that's fit to do justice to a 'Smith track it's Guns 'n' Roses. Guns groove and shake their way through this 70s classic and the fresh-faced energy and audible sense of fun reminds one why the 80s was such an exciting era.

'Patience' opens the second part of this mini-album, and such is the beauty of this classic it hardly needs an introduction. Proving that even rock n roll's baddest of the bad boys need to wear their hearts on their collective sleeve every once in a while, Rose croons (and whistles) this timeless acoustic track straight from the heart. Keeping in with the acoustic theme, 'I Used to Love Her', follows, an upbeat bluesy number that jangles with light-heartedness, it's understated beauty lying in the fact that it sounds like a group of close friends having a jam, which is exactly what it is. 'You're Crazy' comes next, and the adaption of the 'Appetite For Destruction' track translates well to acoustic treatment, Rose's passion and range shining though it's entirety. Controversial as it is catchy, 'One in a Million' closes this Extended Play, as Rose relates his experiences of LA as a teenager, replete with racist and homophobic commentary.

All in all a great release from a classic band. Whilst not an ideal introduction to the band, it serves well to transcend it's status as being 'just' a mini-album. Both sides serve up the band rare and raw, and whether they're playing the club circuit or jamming acoustically, it's not hard to tell why they've achieved such legendary status.

Stand out tracks: 'Reckless Life', 'Patience', 'One in a Million



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breakingthefragile
February 13th 2013



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

One review a day dude. You push others off of the front page.

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BenjoJames
February 13th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like reviewing albums. I see too many reviews lacking substance and I wish to remedy that. Is this an actual rule?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2013



13572 Comments


Not exactly, but it's sort of a Sputnik etiquette.

Don't diss the Sputnik etiquette!!!

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breakingthefragile
February 13th 2013



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's not an actual rule, but it kind of makes you look like an asshole if other people that have worked hard on writing
their reviews are getting bumped off of the homepage so you can have 4 of your reviews on the homepage at once.
There's a little thing called common courtesy.

BenjoJames
February 13th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Out of respect for this site and others reviewing I will not post another review until mine are no longer on the homepage.

manosg
February 13th 2013



5751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a bad album but a big step backwards compared to their debut.

BenjoJames
February 13th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Obviously it doesn't measure up to Appetite, which is why it's best framed as an EP/mini-album as opposed to a studio LP.

dannyboy89
February 13th 2013



11912 Comments


What they said (and don't worry, a lot of sputnikers make this rookie mistake, I being one of them).

Decent review btw. I personally don't like GNR much; a few guilty pleasures here and there. I think they're one of the most overrated bands in rock history. However, I respect the Hall's decision to induct them, since I believe that historic impact sometimes has to be put before personal taste.

Titan
February 13th 2013



4799 Comments


Patience and One In A Million alone are worth the price of admission

pissbore
February 13th 2013



9935 Comments


Not a bad album but a big step backwards compared to their debut.


well the last 4 tracks are pre-appetite material

ButteryBiscuitBass
February 13th 2013



9777 Comments


Band's OK.

ButtsweatAndTears
February 13th 2013



340 Comments


Most disappointing sophomore album ever....
Patience and One In A Million are both great ...

BenjoJames
February 13th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't consider it a studio LP effort and as such I don't hold it to the same standards as one.

ChopSuey
February 13th 2013



2392 Comments


This band is overrated

nononsense
February 13th 2013



3325 Comments


This band is overrated (2)

Appetite For Destruction is their only good album.

BenjoJames
February 13th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is AFD not sufficient to cement their legacy?

manosg
February 14th 2013



5751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Is AFD not sufficient to cement their legacy?"

If you ask me, yes.

BenjoJames
February 14th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is or it isn't?

manosg
February 14th 2013



5751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@BenjoJames

It is dude.

NightProwler
February 14th 2013



6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, Appetite rocks fucking hard

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