GUNS N’ ROSES

ap­petite For De­struc­tion: locked N’ loaded Edi­tion

UNCUT - - Archive - STEPHEN DEUSNER

GEFFEN 9/10 Ap­petite for ex­pan­sion? GN’R box up their land­mark de­but

it took a full year to break the big­gest rock band of the 1980s. guns N’ roses re­leased their full-length de­but in July 1987, but it wasn’t un­til the next sum­mer that they scored a hit, their third sin­gle from Ap­petite For De­struc­tion. dom­i­nat­ing ra­dio and MtV, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was a sur­pris­ingly ten­der plea of de­vo­tion and ar­guably the one song that sounded even re­motely like the slick pop metal that de­fined the era. re­ject­ing hair­spray and span­dex for leather pants and ripped shirts, the quin­tet mixed clas­sic rock with heavy metal power and punk at­ti­tude, as the charis­matic front­man axl rose slith­ered his way into the amer­i­can sub­con­scious. thirty years later, th­ese songs have lost nei­ther their grandeur nor their menace. Ex­tras: 8/10.a wealth of live tracks, rar­i­ties and cov­ers. the high­light is the set of demos from Cal­i­for­nia stu­dio Sound City. af­ter sign­ing with geffen, the band booked ses­sions there, which show­case the band’s con­sid­er­able power: the knife-fight in­ter­play be­tween the gui­tars, the boo­gie-rock propul­sion of the rhythm sec­tion. th­ese tracks pro­vide the frame­work for the band’s de­but as well as their fol­lowups, es­pe­cially axl’s un­der­stated pi­ano ver­sion of “Novem­ber rain”.

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