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USE YOUR ILLUSION II

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Use Your Illusion II is the fourth studio album by the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. The album was released on September 17, 1991, the same day as its counterpart Use Your Illusion I. Both albums were released in conjunction with the Use Your Illusion Tour. Bolstered by the lead single “You Could Be Mine”, Use Your Illusion II was the slightly more popular of the two albums, selling 770,000 copies its first week and debuting at No. 1 on the U.S. charts, ahead of Use Your Illusion I’s first-week sales of 685,000.[2] As of 2010, Use Your Illusion II has sold 5,587,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[3] Both albums have since been certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA.[4] It was also No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart for a single week.

It is the last Guns N’ Roses album to feature rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin. It also includes “Civil War”, the last track to feature drummer Steven Adler in any capacity. This album, along with the counterpart of the album, was the last Guns N’ Roses album to feature original material until 2008’s album Chinese Democracy.

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Historical Masterpiece from Guns n Roses

Tracklist:

  1. CIVIL WAR
  2. 14 YEARS
  3. YESTERDAYS
  4. KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR (BOB DYLAN COVER)
  5. GET IN THE RING
  6. SHOTGUN BLUES
  7. BREAKDOWN
  8. PRETTY TIED UP
  9. LOCOMOTIVE
  10. SO FINE
  11. ESTRANGED
  12. YOU COULD BE MINE
  13. DON’T CRY (ALTERNATE LYRICS)
  14. MY WORLD

Label: Geffen Records

Format: CD Jewel box

Band Website: https://www.gunsnroses.com/

Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gunsnroses

2 recensioni per GUNS N ROSES
USE YOUR ILLUSION II

  1. From Metal.it: “Use Your Illusion II” non prescinde dalle considerazione fatte nella recensione di “Illusion I”. infatti, anche il capitolo conclusivo dell’opera rock confezionata dai Guns nel ‘91 denota mancanza di coesione tra i brani che lo formano. Tuttavia, ciò si manifesta in modo più contenuto rispetto a quanto visto nel primo “Illusion” grazie ad un minor numero di riempitivi presenti nei 76 minuti di musica che danno forma all’album.
    Il disco si apre con la buona “Civil war”, un lento dalle tinte fosche in cui ritmica, voce e testo si compenetrano come da tempo non si ascoltava in un pezzo dei Guns. “14 years” e “Yesterdays” ripropongono il gruppo alle prese con melodie facili e orecchiabili con cui ci si era già abbondantemente saziati nel precedente “Illusion”. A seguire la convincente interpretazione di “Knocking on Heaven’s door” di Bob Dylan e poi “Get in the ring” e “Shotgun Blues” pezzi abbastanza trascurabili ma che si lasciano ascoltare in virtù di un buon tiro complessivo. Nelle due tracce successive ritorna l’intreccio tra melodia e suono rock che caratterizza marcatamente gli “Illusion” e in tutta sincerità inizia a stancare.
    “Locomotive” prosegue sulla strada delle canzoni che l’hanno preceduta ma lo fa con un pizzico d’elaborazione in più grazie all’innesto consistente del piano e alla voce nasale di Axl, sulle prime non molto digeribile. “So fine”, invece, propone ritmi onirici e delicati, inframmezzati da spunti maggiormente rock nei quali ben si fonde il cantato di Duff.
    Con “Estranged” arriva il pezzo meglio strutturato di tutto l’album. Melodia e partiture prettamente rock qui si amalgamano al meglio come avvenuto in “November Rain”. Nonostante la prolissità, la canzone scorre senza intoppi raggiungendo il proprio apice con l’ottima prova di Slash, che quando vuole riesce a dare ancora spolvero alle proprie capacità. La successiva “You could be mine” con la partenza a base di batteria cui si affianca immediatamente il basso e successivamente la ritmica serrata di chitarra, riporta alla memoria i Guns di “Appetite” denotandosi come il brano migliore di entrambi gli “Illusion”.
    In chiusura troviamo “Don’t cry” con lirica differente rispetto alla versione presente su “Illusion I” e subito dopo il pezzo più inutile di tutta la discografia della band. Trattasi di “My wolrd” uno schifoso polpettone rap/elettronico partorito dalla mente di Axl, di cui si poteva fare tranquillamente a meno.
    Tralasciando l’orripilante parentesi di “My world”, “Use Your Illusion II” dimostra di possedere un pizzico di qualità in più rispetto al fratello gemello, fermo restando il fatto che da due dischi appena passabili, i Guns N’ Roses avrebbero potuto estrapolare un unico lavoro di qualità ben superiore se solo lo avessero voluto.

  2. From Sleazroxx: A brilliant marketing plan and money making move! How else can you describe Guns N’ Roses‘ plan of releasing two new albums on the same date after riding their ultra successful debut album Appetite For Destruction (which I loved and still do) for a number of years? Truth be told, by 1991 — although I was still listening to all the bands that I had grown up with — I was not quite as up to date on what was going on in the hard rock and heavy metal music world. I wasn’t buying and gobbling up just about every Hit Parader and Circus magazine that came out as I had previously religiously been doing. I was now an “adult” (the term is used loosely here), more focused on other activities including my university education, and who was simply not as connected to my once extensive music loving friends from my high school days.

    One September day, I was walking in the Rideau Centre, the flagship mall of Canada’s nation capital of Ottawa when I saw HUGE posters and many of them with the covers of Guns N’ Roses‘ two new albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Apparently, this was the official release date for the new Guns N’ Roses‘ album. But wait, wow! Not one, but two new Guns N’ Roses albums! I quickly snatched up a copy of each and contemplated which one to first listen to. I ended up going with Use Your Illusion II, partly given that the advance single “You Could Be Mine” (which had been released months earlier) was on that album and frankly, because I liked the blue and purple cover colours on Use Your Illusion II better than the orange and red ones on Use Your Illusion I.

    Gone were the raunchy, sleazy, drug and alcohol fueled songs from Appetite For Destruction and in were a more polished, mature band complete with a full-time keyboardist. In addition, gone was the rather loose playing drummer Steven Adler who was replaced by a more formidable and technically sound drummer Matt Sorum. Just like Appetite For Destruction, there were many songs on the album but the big difference was that this time around, Guns N’ Roses had released two albums so a total of 30 songs! Let’s face it, no band can release 30 songs at one time and expect all of them to be good ones. It’s hard enough to come up with one to three stellar songs, yet ten strong ones on an album, and simply impossible to muster 30 great or even good songs in one shot. Not surprisingly, this is where Guns N’ Roses faltered. Granted, you’d never guess from the album sales with both Use Your Illusion albums occupying the #1 and 2 spots on the Billboard chart the week after their release and with the two records selling over 35 million copies worldwide combined.

    Nevertheless, the reality is that having 14 songs on one album (Use Your Illusion II) and 16 on the other (Use Your Illusion) will result in some rather poor songs making the cut. Given that I first listened to Use Your Illusion II and since I have always preferred that album over Use Your Illusion I, it’s only fitting that I review the former first. Use Your Illusion II started off with the now “famous” intro for “Civil War” in “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate…” The song “Civll War” was the perfect showcase for the new Guns N’ Roses‘ approach on the Use Your Illusion albums — serious and lengthier more epic like tracks with varying tempos and a lot more instruments. On Use Your Illusion II alone, the instruments listed included piano, keyboards, a banjo, a sitar, an organ and even a drum machine. It felt like Guns N’ Roses had matured very much like The Beatles expanding their wings with more complex arrangements and more instrumentation. And for a good portion of Use Your Illusion II, the results were/are fantastic. The first three tracks “Civil War,” “14 Years” and “Yesterdays” were slowed down quite a bit compared to what could be found on Appetite For Destruction but they worked brilliantly and are the type of songs that you can listen to many times over discovering something new. Guns N’ Roses‘ cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” has never been a favorite of mine but was a logical inclusion considering that it was already in the band’s live setlist a number of years beforehand.

    “Get In The Ring” was probably my favorite track (aside from “You Could Be Mine”) early on when I got the Use Your Illusion albums given that it had the attitude from the Appetite For Destruction days with the charged up lyrics. While it seemed so cool for Axl Rose to take a shot at various publications such as Kerrang, Circus and even single out Hit Parader‘s editor Andy Secher, my enthusiasm has subsided considerably given my new role as Sleaze Roxx editor! Looking back now, “Get In The Ring” is the first taste on Use Your Illusion II that the quality of the songs might have been compromised a little bit by including too many songs. I have to think that “Get In The Ring” and “Shotgun Blues” — while decent songs — would not have made the cut on Appetite For Destruction. “Breakdown” is a quality track once again encompassing the new songs’ direction with a lot more keyboards and piano incorporated. “Pretty Tied Up” had a cool arabic feel to it and again showcased the more mature Guns N’ Roses. The lengthy “Locomotive” and the Duff McKagan sung “So Fine” were decent rockers but again would have probably not have made the cut on Appetite For Destruction.

    “Estranged” was Use Your Illusion II‘s answer to “November Rain” on Use Your Illusion I. It was (and still is) an epic track that took the listener on a great journey and still reminds me a lot of what Alice Cooper would have come up with in his heyday with all the nuances and varying tempos. It’s definitely one of the most mature, brilliant and underrated tracks in Guns N’ Roses‘ repertoire. It’s kind of odd to find “You Could Be Mine” buried as the twelfth track on Use Your Illusion II considering that it was the showcase advance single. Funny enough, “You Could Be Mine” was really not representative of what the rest of the songs turned out to sound like on both Use Your Illusion albums. It’s almost like it was a remnant of the Appetite For Destruction days that was dusted off just in time for the release of the Use Your Illusion records. I am not sure why Guns N’ Roses would think we needed an alternate lyric version of “Don’t Cry” but it was included in any case on Use Your lllusion II. Perhaps Axl just could not decide on which lyrics he liked better… Sadly, a great album ended on a terrible note with the industrial tinged “My World” which was apparently recorded in a mere three hours. Clearly, this type of filler material should not have been concluding an otherwise very fine album.

    Upon revisiting the two Use Your Illusion albums for the purpose of reviewing them upon the 25th year anniversary of their release, I must confess being really impressed with Use Your Illusion II. Most of the songs are very good with only four of them not that strong and only one complete filler (“My World”). I now understand why I have always preferred Use Your Illusion II over Use Your Illusion I because apparently most of the crap — amid some admittedly stellar ones — landed on the latter.

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