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Guns N' Roses Album - G N R Lies

Guns N' Roses Album - G N R Lies (Front side)
Album Information :
Title: G N R Lies
Approx. Price:$9.98 (USD)
Release Date:
Type:Audio CD
Label:Geffen Records
Customers Rating :
Average (4.1) :(152 votes)
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Track Listing :
7 You're Crazy
8 One In A Million
Review - Product Description :
Customer review
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful:
- A dark, difficult success

Comprised of a previously released EP and 4 new acoustic tracks, Lies succeeded in recasting GN'R into a band with more depth (and, unfortunately, venom) than any other L.A. group. The first half, the "live" tracks, (actually studio with overdubbed crowd noises) is a nice snapshot of the band's embryonic period but nothing more-they hadn't yet developed their memorable style. The 4 acoustic songs are the heart of the record-the lovely, generous "Patience" sets a gentle mood, but the rest of the record is unremittingly dark. "Used to Love Her" is simply a cruel (and old) joke set to a countryfied shuffle. A smouldering "You're Crazy" is superior to the version on "Appetite", displaying the paranoia and selfishness of the song more successfully. But it's the scabrous "One In a Million" that defines this album. Murky and ominous, it presents a picture of a character (who may or may not be Axl) as he came to the big city and confronted his hatred of others and, ultimately, himself. Even more disturbingly, the song ends without a resolution-the hate remains, the demons fought to a draw, no winners. Like the rest of the album, it's an exorcism of raw emotion. Not easy to listen to, but extraordinarily powerful. It showed no other band could have shaped such ugly dramas into such compelling music.

(Sweetwater , TN. USA)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
- Why 100 Bucks ?

I am writing this message , for the people who might have clicked on a "GN'R LIES" , that might have a very high price next to it.It could be the price is for the limited MFSL 24 K Gold Ultra Disc/original Master Recording.If you are a GN'R obsessed fan , that might be for you , but if you are just looking for the regular CD , you can find much cheaper here at Amazon on another GN'R LIES icon , if you keep looking!

As for the songs , I am an avid fan , but looking at a perspective , of what I thought of "LIES" when I first heard it , I was not impressed with the "Live Like a Suicide" stuff (Mamakin,Reckless Life,etc)at first , but it eventually grew on me , and now I would recommend to any fan.I love the acoustic stuff on here the best , and even though the lyrics might cross the line with some people , the overall songs are a great listen.I like "Used to Love Her" , "One in a Million" along with "Patience" as well.Great sing alongs,that give you great escape.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
- Chinese Democracy

After the unbelievable phenomenon that was AFD, GNR came straight out of left field with this album that was actually 2 EP's in one. The first side, 4 songs culled from mid-80's live performances off an EP titled Live Like a Suicide, is the perfect precursor to AFD. "Reckless Life" and "Nice Boys", in particular, slam you from the get-go.

The second side, and the most controversial , could be titled GNR Unplugged, as the boys ditch the electrics for acoustics on 3 new songs. "Patience" is a sweet and soft ballad, maybe even the slow counterpart to "Think about You" lyrically. Then the subject matter opens up several cans of worms at once. "Used to Love Her", performed as a jangly folkish rave-up, includes the incendiary line "I used to love her/But I had to kill her." Obviously, there really isn't anything funny about killing your lover and putting her "six feet under." But in the context of many rap albums that came out since then, it seems almost tame. NWA took the line that GNR drew in the sand and destroyed it, with songs such as "To Kill a Hooker" and "One Less B****." (Note: NWA became one of Axl's fave groups after that). Even Hendrix's cover of "Hey Joe" touches on this material as well. There obviously is a thin line between "gritty storyteller" and "misogynist". as Axl says in the song, "Take it for what it is."

The album then moves to GNR covering itself, but with a twist. They take "You're Crazy", originally a fevered punkish romp of paranoia on AFD, and give it some slow acoustic funk on Lies. This version sounds almost like a plea rather than a rant, and it works wonderfully. You wonder what "Mr. Brownstone" or "Welcome to the Jungle" would sound like if they had given those songs the same treatment.

And now to the flashpoint finale, "One in a Million," a six-minute power ballad that name-checks "Police and n*****rs" and "immigrants and f****ts" (no, not fascists) on its way to describing the new world of L.A. through the eyes of a Midwestern immigrant fresh off a Greyhound, Axl himself. Again, gritty storyteller or vicious fascist? Has Axl changed the way he sees the world since then? Only he can answer that. But he shouldn't have to. Has Ice Cube changed his opinion of Korean shop owners or white devils? He shouldn't have to answer that. Art is art for arts sake.

Great second record.

(NV, United States)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
- Good little album

This album is worth it for "One in a Million" alone, that is one of the greatest G n R songs ever.

its also got "Patience" "Used to Love her", "Reckless Life", "Move to the City" cant go wrong BUY IT!

(Rollengergronn, Luxembourg, Europe)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
- A Classic

»G N' R Lies« makes the link between Guns N'Roses' debut album »Appetite For Destruction«'s garage-like rock with no compromises, and the two more polished and very artistic »Use Your Illusion« albums.

The first four songs, from 1986, are pure hardrock'n'roll. Especially track 3 and 4 - the rocking and melodic »Move To The City« and the swinging »Mama Kin« with its great rhythm (try to listen to this one with headphones on!) - are very worthwile.

The 1988 songs are more balanced and varied. »Patience« remains one of Guns N'Roses' most beautiful and fragile ballads, and the funny »Used To Love Her« as well as the lyrically very interesting »One In A Million« (the latter is not featured on new pressings - so be sure to buy the original version of »G N' R Lies« before it's too late!!) are tracks which highly justify the quality of this album.

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