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Appetite For Destruction

Guns N' Roses

1987

Appetite For Destruction

Album Summary

Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was released on July 21, 1987, by Geffen Records. The album was released to little mainstream attention in 1987. It was not until the following year that Appetite for Destruction became a commercial success, after the band had toured and received significant airplay with the singles "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child o' Mine". The album peaked number one on the US Billboard 200 and became the seventh best-selling album of all time in the United States, as well as the best-selling debut album. With over 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling albums of all time. Although critics were originally ambivalent toward the album, Appetite for Destruction has since received retrospective acclaim and has been viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2018, it was re-released as a remastered box set to similar acclaim.

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Rating

3.79

Votes

4984

Genres

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock
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I hate this band. They were pumping out metal years after the genre should have been shot and pissed on. I I rented a place on the beach  at Lake Simcoe where the per capita Guns & Roses fans may be a Canadian record high. I played this outside as I was firing up some dead animal on the BBQ.  I was waiting for a neighbour to saunter over with a spliff glued to his lower lip and say " Fuckin Eh Man"   

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5

Appetite for Destruction encompasses one of those conglomerations of genres that include hard rock, glam metal, and arena rock, making up mainstream rock of the 80s and 90s (would compete with "alternative rock" following grunge's popularity). For the years prior to this album, most of albums in this realm were fairly generic and full of filler beyond a couple great hits. The big names were doing ok. Def Leppard and Bon Jovi were doing alright with just a few filler. But Van Halen got a new singer, Motley Crue hadn't come back from their debut yet, Poison relied on just their singles for album sales, and then there are the hundreds of other long haired hard rock bands that would produce one generic hit that would get a ton of Mtv rotation and then the rest of the album would try to sound exactly like that one song. The subjects were drugs, women, money, fame, whatever. Rock star junk. But Guns n Roses changed everything. They made the transition from "glam" to "hard" in mainstream rock. It was less about catchy pop hooks and riffs, and more about cohesive songs where intense emotion and engagement was supported by the vocal style, melodic shifts, and direct or confrontational lyrics. And in this album in particular, Guns n Roses mocks the traditional rock star subjects. "Paradise City" is the perfect example of both of these points. The subject is looking back, not forward, and longs for this nostalgia of a once better time. You can hear it in his voice, his pleas, his cries. I think it's genius how this song incorporates the solos, the faster pace, and stripped-down chorus at the last two minutes to enhance the desperation. Oh and I love how some of these songs just end on a bang like this. So satisfying. The album is full of great tracks. "Welcome to the jungle" is a very fitting opening that is also a very good example of everything I described above, and also eases the audience into what the album will be about. The next few tracks are all superb. Love how every instrument has its moment. No one gets left behind. Some softer songs like "Mr Brownstone" and "Sweet Child O Mine" keep the flow going, diminishing the oversaturation of the hard sound that would otherwise feel repetitive. The latter song in particular has one of my favorite guitar melodies of all time. If you play me any two second incerpt of this song, I'll immediately know the song and how the rest of the melody goes. The track ends with another great track, "Rocket Queen." Love that shift in melody and subject in the second half of the song. Weaknesses? Yeah, I said the softer ballad-like songs help diminish the feeling the repetition, but yeah when you have so many hard songs back to back, it becomes a little exhausting. And besides the two I talked about, the second side is full of duds. "My Michelle" is ok but the other three are pretty generic and don't offer much if anything to the album. Do these two points detract from a perfect score? No, honestly I don't. The first point is intrinsic with hard rock and metal albums in general, and grows after several listens. And the second point, all albums have some fillers, and it's not like they're horrible or anything. This album is highly influential and innovative, and one of the best hard rock of the 80s and 90s has to offer.

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This is a tough one to rate. On the one hand, it is insanity to think that a debut album could contain this many hits. It is up there with Boston's debut in that regard. I feel that it almost deserves 5 stars simply for that. On the other hand, I am so sick of these songs. You cannot turn on a radio station without hearing at least one of these songs once a day. 40 years later and we are still absolutely inundated with Sweet Child O Mine. I can't see myself listening to the entire album on purpose again, so I cannot give it 5.

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4

Not listened in probably 20+ years. Was expecting it to feel dated and to not enjoy the main hits. Great fun, great riffs. Managed to get a few headbangs in with the kids. Happy days

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5

One of the best rock albums of all time, even if a couple of tunes from it are way too overplayed on rock radio (paradise city, sweet child o mine) it's still just amazing. I'm more of a use your illusion kinda guy, but this is still getting a 5/5.

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5

Love it

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5

Welcome To The Jungle has to be one of the best album opening tracks of all time. Totally sets the mood for a great album. I'm definitely not the world's biggest GnR fan, but I do like this album. It is also hugely influential. 9/10

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5

As a kid the intro to Welcome to the Jungle blew me away and for 54 minutes the album doesn’t let up. Through to the closer Rocket Queen Appetite delivers some of the iconic rock songs of all time. In an age when Rock and Roll still ruled the world, there were new kings in town.

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5

Fierce. Ferocious. The album that put the Metal in Hair Metal. From the opening notes of Welcome to the Jungle, you know you’re in for something special. The band hammers away at track after track of brutal, real hard rock. Slash is peak Slash, and Axl has never been more Axl.

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5

Hard to think of a better debut album. True shredder!

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4

For me, Guns and Roses stand above other guitar driven bands in the 80s. The musicianship is better, the songwriting is better, and overall they are much better at avoiding some of the hair metal cliches that would not age well. While this album contains some filler, it also contains some of the best known rock songs of all time. It is gritty while maintaining a sensitive undertone and that vulnerability and confidence set it apart from your run of the mill 80s rock albums.

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3

Axl Rose's vocals doesn't do this any favors but there are still solid rock songs scattered throughout

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5

So there are a lot of really dated and, frankly, cheesy tracks on this album. But it also has Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, and Sweet Child O' Mine which are such absolute monsters that you can't not give the album as a whole a 5.

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4

Only really knew the hits off of this album and wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy the rest. But it’s a really fun album. Does what it says on the tin really. And although Sweet Child O’ Mine is now synonymous with nights out in Walkabout bars, it was good to hear it in the context of the album and still has one of the best guitar solos of all time.

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4

The definite GNR album. I had no idea this was their debut. It's got the best of the best tracks on here too, as if it's a greatest hits. I wonder how a band or artist would feel when their first album is their best? This, obviously, rocks. There weren't too many deep cuts that I saved, but it's an enjoyable experience bolstered by the heavy hitters. I don't know if they had much depth or longevity though--I really only know the big three tracks. But I'm glad we got them all in one go; I'd be shocked if there was another GNR album on this list. Favorite tracks: Sweet Child of Mine, Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle, My Michelle, Mr. Brownstone. Album art: This one's a classic too, definitely iconic for the band. The cross seems mildly sacrilegious, but it's also on the cover of the album that contains their holy trinity of hits, so who knows. The skulls for each band member are really cool though. 4/5

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Pretty average. The songwriting doesn't impress me too much, especially lyrically, but it does have an undeniable energy and some good riffs and detours. Nothing that excites me too much though, and I feel like a lot of the sound of this album had already been done before.

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For me, Guns & Roses falls into the same category as bands like AC/DC and Aerosmith. These are basic, meat and potatoes rock 'n roll bands that revel in obviousness and basic hooks. But from the very opening bars of Appetite for Destruction, the competence of Axl Rose and company is never in question. The band is extremely tight, as if they had been playing these songs in bars for the previous five years. The antics of Slash and Izzy Stradlin wouldn't make titans like Eddie Van Halen or Rhandy Rhodes lose any sleep, but their snarling leads never lack conviction and they're concise and tasty. You could say the same thing about the songcraft. I hate to sound like a broken record, but Appetite for Destruction is a consistent, perfectly realized, rock record of limited ambition. Personally, it bores me to tears, but there's no denying that it's accomplished.

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Genre: Hard Rock 3/5 Guns n' Roses, a group that simultaneously conjures up images of strip clubs as well as BBQs and television commercials, released their best album they ever made, Appetite for Destruction, in 1987. Utilizing tried-and-true hard rock arrangements and instrumentation, GnR made a few HOT singles, 3 of the best songs the decade has to offer (Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, and Sweet Child o' Mine). However, the rest of the album plays out about as you'd expect, raunchy and energetic, but not very interesting. The 3 singles from this album, though, are all great tracks. Overplayed in their own right, as they've become cultural touchstones, but they are undeniable hard rock classics. Axl Rose's voice is in peak condition here, and Slash's lead guitar playing is as good as it ever was. But songs like My Michelle or You're Crazy are total duds, reminiscent of filler you'd find in a lot of 80s rock and roll albums (Def Leppard, Scorpions, Thin Lizzy), but way worse and way more bland. Give 'em credit for 3 great tunes, and the rest is generally skippable. Not bad.

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3

Welcome to the Jungle is one of the best opening tracks to an album. All the hits like Sweet Child of Mine, Paradise City, and WttJ are true classics. It's So Easy was easily my most disliked track. Sounded like a different band.

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3

Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll...and little else...really that's it

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3

Sure. If I was planning an 80s themed pool party I’d play this. But I can’t fully endorse hair metal in general when I know they were such misogynistic assholes. (The Motley Crew movie is my evidence)

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3

What great singles, and what forgettable deep cuts. This is an album that I always think more fondly of until I actually go and listen to it, and find out all over again how boring and repetitive many of the songs get. It's a shame considering how good Duff and Slash are, but at least I get to listen to the genuinely amazing songs from here on their own.

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2

It was ok.

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5

Fun album. In my view this sound is the gold standard for hard rock as a genre. So many tracks with well-deserved classic status on this.

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5

One of the best debut albums of all time. One of the best hard rock albums of all time with many iconic songs that almost everyone on the planet knows.

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5

Classic hard rock album. I think there’s a couple duds, but this was really a moment in rock, and even the songs I’m not crazy about have some kick ass-ity to em

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5

Good guitar band

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5

Seminal rock album some absolute tunes, Axel Rose is still a prick

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5

I can't express enough how this album is awesome, a genre-changing moment when it was released. Although today i'm not a big fan of GnR and even listening to this album bores me to hell, I can't ignore the genius behind it. I don't know if any other band can rival a first album like this.

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5

I'd never actually listened to the whole album, but knew a few singles I knew I'd love. Solid album, some songs I wasn't too fond of, others I found I rather enjoy. Great choice!

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5

Testament to GNRs success that I knew most of this album just from the hits, but liked hearing some new things by them from this album.

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5

One of the greatest rock albums of all time. Big guitar sounds, every song is great

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5

peak classic rock

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5

Echt tolles Album, und das Talent des Sängers (ist doch Alice Cooper, oder?) ist offensichtlich Bisher das beste Album.

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5

Not listening, have heard it enough. It’s perfect, quintessential 80’s metal.

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5

When they had it together, GNR were amazing. Great album.

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5

I love this album. Always have. Always will. One of the first albums I remember being able to listen to start to finish.

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5

Very Guns and Roses. The most guns that ever roses. Reminds me of when I was 17 and GnR were my band. :D

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5

What's to say? It's AMAZING

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5

Fantástico

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5

Love this album... hard to find a bad song on the whole thing. GNR at their peak and an album I need to put into the rotation.

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5

This is all good stuff

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5

Hell yeah

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5

pour les gun's sensiblement le meme commentaire mais j'ai déja joué leur version de knock on the heaven door en show et c'est un peu plus

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5

Funny that my mom said she "hates GNR" then when Sweet Child of Mine came on, she's saying "OMG who performs this - I love this song!" :')

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5

Doesn't get more 5 than this

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5

5/5

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5

Ace

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5

Great album, plays like a greatest hits album, awesome listening to it

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5

Classic

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5

Très content d’avoir découvert ce petit band Underground! Non sans farce, j’ai vraiment aimé l’album au complet, surtout les 4-5 premières chansons. J’ai découvert des tounes moins connues une fois Welcome to the Jungle terminée. Bref, c’est un 5!

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5

the best-selling debut album of all time for a reason!

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5

One of the Best

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5

<3

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5

<3

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5

It's so easy (to give this 5 stars)

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5

Probably my most listened to album of all time. I’ve never tired of it, still sounds fresh, all killer and no filler - a game changing album for me musically - I could rave on for hours about it - the easiest five stars I will ever dish out on this

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5

Stone cold classic

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5

Remains edgy and sounds fantastic 30 years later.

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5

The singles, which are all bangers, aren't even the best songs on this record. It's really fucking spectacular.

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5

Best album yet. An album to actually listen to before you die. Some of the others I would rather die than listen 🤣

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5

A timeless classic

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5

Brilliant

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5

So many classics: Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O'mine'. Classic album. Easily a mid to high 4, bordering a 5. Rounded up to 5.

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5

What a great hard rock album!! Thoroughly enjoyed the tracks - some I knew but most were new to me

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5

Amazing.

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5

Not the first nor last band to release a debut album, that they then never manage to top. 'Appetite...' is all stellar, sleazy hardrock tunes. Honed through .years of shows and recorded by an obviously hungry band. With riffs, licks and leads to conquer the world, there was never real competion to GnR Fave track; Mr. Brownstone, with the rest of the tracks coming in close second

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5

As a statement of intent, it doesn't get any better than this.

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5

incredible rocket queen is the best song imo

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5

One of the all-time great hard rock albums

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5

Classic album. One of the best rock albums of all time easily. Arguable one of the best debut albums from any band ever. There’s not a bad track on the entire album.

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5

I've listened to this album front to back probably several hundred times. I have vivid memories of when this album was released. I remember my cousin and I going to The Wherehouse and him asking me "Have you heard the Guns N Roses album?" I had no idea what he was talking about. Fast forward a week and it was all I was listening to. Well, that and "Electric" by The Cult, which came out a couple months prior. Those two cassette tapes were constantly playing in my Walkman.

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5

Absolute banger. Every song is good

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5

Ending the 80s with a bang! I remember listening to this in my room with headphones so my parents wouldn't hear what I was listening to.

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5

Great album 9/10

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5

I had forgotten what a perfect rock album this is.

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5

Is there any doubt?

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5

damn voelt als een best of album met al die hits denk dat welcome to the jungle mijn favoriet is. Ik geef het de classic status omdat dit voor mij wel echt de definitie van een rock en roll album. één klein minpuntje is dat ze soms wel de nummers wat te lang rekken; ik moet niet vijftig keer horen dat je op de nachttrein zit.

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5

The greatest debut album from any rock band.

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5

So many classics and a few forgotten gems

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5

Perfect

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5

What can you say? I have listened to this album literally hundreds of times in my life and I can guarantee that I'll listen to it more. Classic hard rock album. One of the best.

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5

Discazo

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5

Classic/10

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5

Saved Prior: Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine Unsaved: 12. Anything Goes 11. You're Crazy (a lot of reviews mentioned that the version on G N' R Lies is better. They would be right.) 10. Rocket Queen Cutting Edge: 9. Out Ta Get Me Saved: 8. My Michelle 7. It's So Easy 6. Paradise City 5. Think About You 4. Nightrain 3. Sweet Child O' Mine 2. Mr. Brownstone 1. Welcome To The Jungle (maybe the greatest album opener of all time in my book. Baba O'Riley and this one) Overall Notes: A shot of pure adrenaline. Out and out classic. Side A of this album may be the greatest side of classic rock ever.

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5

Rabia. Rock en estado puro. Voz inconfundible y guitarras míticas. Auténtico disco de cabecera

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5

Great album with a bunch of known songs. Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O'Mine. 9/10.

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5

Absolute classic. Night Train my favorite. 5/5

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5

If I'm going to give 5 stars to Guns N' Roses it has to be for this album... so here it goes...

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5

Great album. Heard many times.

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5

It was amazing.

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5

10/10

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5

+ 10 for the linear art and the boob I got to see as a 10 year old. I didnt understand all the stuff going on in the photo at the time. I just saw a boob. 5 - Nothing hits harder than Welcome to the Jungle as an opening track.

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Sehr gut

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5

Absolutely storming

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5

Настоящая святая библия. Окажись я на необитаемом острове, я бы взял только этот альбом и ничего больше.

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5

I pretty much ignored this album when it came out. At the time I didn’t think I liked hard rock. Somewhere became then and now I became a fan of the genre and several songs on this album, but never went back to listen to this. I’m glad to have this come up! I went into this loving “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child Of Mine.” So going in to this listen I’m already on board with a quarter of the album. Glad I finally got around to listening to the rest. There are a lot more songs on this for me. “It’s So Easy,” the first new-to-me GNR song I’ve heard in decades, had me at the first chorus. So much talent in this band... The vocal performance in “Mr. Brownstone” shows real versatility. I love the different sound. “My Michelle” was a pretty sweet (for them) love song leading into “Sweet Child of Mine” - a song that I’ve never tired of hearing. APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION is sex, drugs and rock and roll and I like it! This listen was long overdue.

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5

This is an old, old favorite that I used to listen to on my walkman in college. Aside from a couple of lyrics that still make me cringe, this is a brilliant piece of work. Great songs, great riffs, great vocals. I will always love it.

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5

I never knew this sold poorly in the US - and took off here - hell, I had the cassette. To quote Kerrang "rock is at last being wrestled from the hands of the bland, the weak, the jaded, the tired, the worn". Yeh, rock on 🤘

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5

Would get a 5 just based on the opening guitar riff. Classic album for me

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5

Good music for its time

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5

Classic.

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5

The first and IMO, the best!

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One of the most enthralling, exhilarating, refreshing and outright rollicking hard rock albums of the 80s. Guns n' Roses put all of their eggs in one basket here and it produced brilliant results. No wonder why we all go back to it time and time again. Favorites: Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Brownstone, Paradise City, Sweet Child o' Mine, Rocket Queen.

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5

I know this is overplayed but shit it's a good album & I love it!

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5

Was delighted to see this come up. What a tornado of an album. A couple filler songs are astronomically offset by all-time banger after banger, crowned by my all time favorite tune Paradise City. I’m on the night train, so’s I can leave this slum… 10/10

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5

Great album. Can’t believe it’s 35 years old. Not a bad track on it. Easily best I’ve listened to so far and better than I’d remembered it being

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5

That Album is F-ing awesome

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5

Предисловие: О группе знаю давно. Раньше пытался послушать, но что-то не сошлось. Даю второй шанс Прослушивание 1: Обзор на треки: 1 Вот это я понимаю гитарный риф, однозначно лайк! Хорошее начало положено. 2 Это поёт тот же человек? Просто в прошлом треке был другой тембр голоса. Песня звучит как типичный рок того времени, но мне нравится 3 Хорошо. Больше слов нет. Трек никак не впечатлил. 4 Песня энергичная, но опять же однотипная. 5 Cнова замечательный гитарный риф. Заставляет пританцовывать, осторожно. 6 Так и не понял что хитого в этой песне кроме мотивчика. Просто отлично сделанная пенся, причём на целых 6минут, лайк 7 Какое атмосферное начало... пожалуй лучший трек с альбом пока что. Не понимаю почему так мало прослушиваний, по равнению с остальными трекам. 8 Сейчас бы сесть в девяточку малинового и поехать отдыхать под эту песню. Мне нравится, лайк 9 Трек слышал очень давно. Он у меня даже добавлен. Просто наслаждаемся шедевром... 10 Ритм шикарный, ща дотонцую и приду. Песня прекрасна! 11 Что за странные звуки в начале песни хахахахаха, похоже на резиновых уточек. Гитарист отжигает! Да ещё и губная гармошка тут! Самый необычный трек с альбома, добавляю 12 Что за барабаны, что за бас, что за ангельский голосочек, мама мия, либо я начал понимать этот альбом, либо он прекрасен под конец. Следующие прослушивания мне помогут в этом разобраться. Прослушивание 2: Похоже я начинаю любить этот альбом. Он явно останется в моем плейлисте, вопрос на сколько? Возможно я нашёл новую любовь, но загадывать пока рано!(p.s. я добавил все треки) Прослушивание 3: Всё, наши чувства однозначно взаимны, и я определился с оценкой альбома 100% Прослушивание 4: Нет слов, одни эмоции. Кстати, не смотри клип на 1 трек, вот это он кринж конечно.... Вывод: Да....не ожидал, что альбом так зацепит. 5 из 5. Альбом остаётся в моей медиатеке, и будет прослушан десятки раз.

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5

A classic, truly awesome

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5

Not a bad song or a dud note, it screams with a high-throttle energy and the virtuoso of one of the all-time great guitarists.

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5

Já conhecia o álbum, mas ouvir as canções na sequência é uma experiência e tanto. Não preciso falar dos solos, não é? Tudo incrível! Álbum, de fato, memorável.

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5

FUCKING LOVE THEM <3 Deffo 5/5

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5

timeless classic, definition of the hard rock, 3 unforgettable songs, everyone knows them.

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5

Excellent rock album. Lots of hits - has me ready to blow thru a wall!

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5

An absolutely fantastic hard rock album and a classic for good reason. Fast and dirty, yet with enough technical appeal and interesting song writing.

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5

A whole album of face melters.

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5

Had only ever listened to the 'hits' before, so this is my first time listening to the entire album. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I already knew I liked the hits and the Guns N' Roses sound. i also thought the rest of the tracks were a fun listen, especially "Mr. Brownstone" and "My Michelle". However, "Rocket Girl" was slightly odd.

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5

I know before even turning this on its going to be 5/5. What a great album, so many hits and still so relevant today, 35 years later.

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5

I'm not sure there's anyone over the age of...10? 12? who hasn't heard at least a few songs from this. I remember when this came out - there was a slow burn, people were sort of aware of it, then BAM it blew up and was *everywhere* - it was lumped in with the other longhair/spandex heavy rock of the time but is definitely different: greasier, dirtier, more raw - like the punk rock of hair metal. Due to the popularity - and it's gotten bigger over the years, too - I honestly never ever need to hear Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child again thanks to unimaginative and boring classic rock radio [or watch any hockey game and guaranteed at least 2/3 are played between plays], although to be fair in context they do sound great here. Some of the non-hits are absolute killers, especially the first half up to Paradise City; my highlight is that "Mr Brownstone" riff which has always been one of my favourites. So yeah - I hadn't voluntarily put this on in years but it's just a damn great angry punky stupid infantile amazing sounding album - emphasis on how cool it sounds; the dual guitars were/are nothing new but the way they didn't exactly match up and kept that perfectly-designed sloppiness in a Stones kinda way is probably what puts this album over the top. I'm not always in the mood for it and it's not necessarily my favourite kind of music [mostly please please look away from the totally 80s sexist-as-hell-at-best lyrics] but it's also arguably one of the 3-4 greatest debuts in rock history, perfect for the time, and I'm not sure could have been any better... if that's not a 5 star then what's the point... 9/10 5 stars.

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5

algumas músicas lado B muito boas e algumas meio constrangedoras. Sweet child of mine realmente uma grande canção né

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5

They arrived with a massive explosion. There was some great rock around at that time, but it wasn't played on commercial radio. Instead we had that travesty known as "hair metal." Firstly, it wasn't metal, it was plastic pop with guitars. It didn't rock, it primped. I took one look at G'n'R and expected more of the same. Then I heard this! It just launches and never sets down. Usually I get bored with too much of the same, but they rock so hard it doesn't matter. Like every great band it begins with the rhythm section. Slash peels off solos that Page would struggle to equal. Like all the great leads, he is melodic, not just some boring shredder like Steve Vai. Axl doesn't have a great voice, but it suits the songs. This is one of the great debut albums, yet they went better with Use Your Illusion(s)...

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5

Joka ei tälle viittä tähtee anna, niin täytyy vaan ihmetellä

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5

Helpot 5*. Varmaankin jopa ykkönen kaikista levyistä ikinä jotka ovat vaikuttaneet omaan musiikkimakuun. Vielä 35v julkaisun perästä kuulostaa aivan timanttiselta ja useamman kerran päivän aikana pyöri läpi.

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5

So good

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5

Classic

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5

Five stars. Killer songs from the 1st track to the last.

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5

Absolute classic rock album. They were so huge for a while.

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5

Pura energía y hard rock. No es un disco perfecto pero no tiene que serlo para provocar mover la cabeza y hacer la ocasional air-guitar. 4.5 que sube a 5.

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5

A game changer album from the 80s.epic

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5

Amazing!

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5

Tiene taaaaantos megahits que no se puede dudar de que es vinilazo.

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5

Maybe one of the best openings of all time.

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5

One of, if not, the best debut albums of all time.

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5

"Hair Metal" with balls

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5

If you don't like this album you don't like rock.

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5

Do you know where you are? You're in 90s rock nostalgia baby! Okay okay, it was late 80s, but who's counting?! Still rocks! 🤘

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5

An exemplary Rock album.

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5

fuck yeah my middle school jam

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5

I’d like to thank Gn’R - and this album specifically - for showing pre-adolescent me how to fluently drop F-bombs into your everyday vernacular.

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5

This is Guns N' Roses debut album (duh) which became famous a year after its release. You know, I do remember hearing "Welcome to the Jungle" before this album blew up which I liked (and still do) quite a bit. And blew up, it did; you couldn't turn on MTV without seeing one of their videos within half an hour, they were constantly played on rock radio for the next ten years and at the college I was at, just about every local band I saw in 1988/1989 covered "Sweet Child O' Mine." Given all that, this album still rocks. It is firmly in the hard rock category but there are parts of certain songs that take it in a heavier, somewhat funky or more punk direction. The songs were written while they were on their LA club circuit and actually, a bunch of these songs ended up on future albums. The songs were written by individual band members, not as a group, and what is unique is when they name names they name actual real people names. Walk the walk. The album has a side G (Guns) which has songs about the inner city, drugs, getting drunk and the police and a side R (Roses) which has songs about girls, love and relationships. I did not know. I thought I might have trouble finding anything to speak of or even like given the iconic and over-played nature of some of these songs. I guess time heals somewhat; there's plenty to like. "Mr. Brownstone" is about the daily rock and roll grind and an increasing heroin habit. Slash wrote this song and Izzy's guitar riffs and Slash's solo are great. It also has a solid backing rhythm. Speaking of great guitar, "Paradise City" is probably my favorite GNR song. I can't believe I just said that. But, especially in the verses and the last part of the song, the band just kicks this into gear and you do hear the punk and metal influence especially in the guitar. The two song highlights from the R-side are both name name songs. "My Michelle" is about their friend Michelle Young who is basically a train wreck. The backing music is heavy, changes pace and fits the song. "Rocket Queen" is about LA underground scene leader Barbi Von Grief and there is actual sound footage of sex. An appropriate way to end this album. I was/am not the biggest GNR fan but found a lot to really enjoy in this album I had forgotten about. Note: I included both albums covers. The one on the left showing a robot rapist being attacked by some metal avenger was pulled prior to the initial release. They tried to use that cover again on a reissue. Again, pulled prior to the release.

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5

Good times. Great memories

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5

This has to be one of the greatest debut albums of all time. What an entrance this band makes (too bad they could not really follow it up). Welcome to the Jungle is a powerful statement of who these guys are and might be the second best introductory track ever, after Good Times Bad Times. Here, Guns N Roses takes hard rock and makes it palatable through great melodies, exquisite guitar playing, and soaring vocals. Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine would both be some of the best songs by most other bands. I have not hear this album in a while but I was very impressed.

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5

This is the reincarnation of Aerosmith, only better. Loud, rowdy, raunchy and purely American rock and roll.

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5

There are some releases that both define an era and also transcend it. For hard rock in the 80s it was Appetite For Destruction. For all the focus on Axl, this is a tremendous guitar record and the twin attack of Slash and Izzy Stradlin holds up decades later. Not to mention that as a hockey fan, I hear songs from this release every game (only AC/DC can also make that claim). A masterpiece of the genre.

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5

An absolute classic classic rock album. Despite it dripping in arrogance you can hear why as it's so well made.

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5

What a pleasant surprise

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5

A fuckin' rock masterpiece. This album stills sounds as sleazy 'n' greasy and downright menacing as it did when it came out. Whereas other bands from that era (see Poison, Motley Crue, RATT, Skid Row etc) sound like boy bands with squealing guitars.

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5

It's Appetite for Destruction. 4 of the greatest hard rock songs ever and some padding that goes from adequate to great, but it really doesn't matter, because Paradise City, It's So Easy, Welcome to the Kindle and Sweet Child of Mine justify the five stars, the rest (especially Nighttrain) make up the numbers and do a job!

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5

This album just fucking rocks

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5

Sex appeal of the Late eighties. Very strong set of tracks, I don't know if they need another album beyond this though.

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5

I maintain that this is probably the greatest debut album ever. Every song is great and filled with grit.

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5

la jungla de cristal bebe

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5

Pure sex drugs and rock in roll. I’ll revisit again and again.

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5

Hell yeah

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5

My favourite and probably only album by Guns N' Roses that I've listened to in entirety beforehand even though I've loved the band for years.

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5

Easy 5/5. Iconic.

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5

Great album, one of the best albums ever

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5

An absolute monster of an album

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5

Oh yeah! Hier begon het voor mij allemaal zo'n beetje mee. Van Top40 muziek naar grote-mensen muziek. Ik was echt zo enorm fan van Guns N' Roses, dat het een soort obesessie genoemd mag worden. Dit album is van begin tot eind een soort op hol geslagen trein die maar door blijft denderen. Wat een energie!

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5

Fantastisch, wat een tijdloos album!

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5

man I've already listened to this, all time greatest hard rock album imo

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5

Pour tous ceux qui auraient raté l'émission de la semaine dernière, il s'est produit un grand moment de télévision. Les Guns'n'Roses se sont présentés à Baltard avec leur album Appetite For Destruction et ont totalement retourné le public et le jury que je formais avec eltrapeze, Todd Rundgren et Manu Katché. La conclusion : quatre bleus de notre part. « C'est du très très grand Baltard, commença Todd. Vous savez à quel point je suis proche d'eltrapeze, et à mon avis, il a dû beaucoup apprécié votre performance - Oh que oui mon Todd, enchaîna eltrapeze. J'ai tout simplement adoré cette perf'. D'ailleurs, j'ai une pensée pour le père de roblitière qui a du se régaler devant son écran. - Eh oh... l'interrompis-je. Plus que jamais vous devez tapez 2 si vous voulez voir les Guns'n'Roses en finale chers téléspectateurs. - Je fais de la batterie, conclut Manu Katché ».

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5

Poche band possono vantare un album d'esordio che sia di per sé un best of. Ecco, i Guns sono una di queste band.

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5

Probabilmente uno dei migliori dischi di debutto di sempre.

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5

Inizio strepitoso, uno dei migliori della storia del rock.

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5

"..shun-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n, knees, knees!!!"" The best album ever!!! 5 Stars!! It's full of energy all the time ***** Every single song is cool and magic ***** Even the love song, "Sweet Child o' Mine", is punchy and kicking till the end. ***** I learned to play the guitar with this. Love at first sight.

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5

See, I haven't even started listening to it TODAY but I already know this album fucking slaps. Nowhere near as heavy or monumental as I remember it being when I first heard it, but loaded with bangers. Sweet Child O' Mine absolutely still hits the right notes at every moment.

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5

Nothing but bangers. L.A. sleaze with more danger than hairspray. Classic.

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5

Not too much to say about this. Punk meets hair metal meets classic rock. Not the greatest debut album of all time (that goes to Meatloaf probably) but close. Unfortunately they flattered to decieve, as nothing else by them even remotely comes close. I was slightly confused by the album cover shown as my copy has the metal avenger and robot rapist - which is an image more appropriate to the album.

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5

One of Greatest hard rock debuts, No questions asked, and no weak songs.

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5

Classic hard rock album

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5

The guitar is iconic and the vocals work within the genre. A majority of the lyrics can be pretty dumb. But if that's what you want you got it.

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5

I groaned when I saw this pop up but it's really not that bad. I think it's the hype that follows it that repels me. Tight and supremely produced with great musicianship. It's not just the big hits but also the other tracks too showing a variety and inventiveness that suprises me. In summary it's very impressive from one of the biggest bands ever. The only thing that stops me from playing this regularly is my reservations on their image. The music is epic though. It really is.

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4

darn good

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4

Classic, but a wholly overrated band

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4

CD com mais da metade dos clássicos da banda, mas muito irregular. Ainda assim, merece 4 estrelas. PS: versão demo da Don't Cry no soundcloud parece Lynyrd Skynyrd

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4

Wow....I did not know Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City and Sweet Child O' Mine were all from the same album.

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4

Clássico da adolescência. Como Axel cantava....

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4

Really solid all the way through. Several huge hits that don't feel dated. This album must have seemed revolutionary when it first appeared 4/5

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4

A classic album for sure with some of the bangerest bangers on it but the interim songs weren't so good.

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4

Classic.

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4

This might be enjoyable, can't remember the songs on it. Forgot what a banger this was. Might be cheesy and corny, but It took me back to my teenage years..really enjoyed this one.

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4

Peak 80's hair metal, my guy.

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4

Loved it when I first heard it back in the say, but now I think apart from a couple of outstanding tracks, it's very samey

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4

Cool guitar playing, but a bit aggressive for my taste, especially the lyrics

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4

Looking for energy?

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4

Decc

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4

Sweet Child & filler

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4

Pre party bops

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4

More fun than I remembered.

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4

Has some good songs on it, not my favorite tho

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4

An appetite for bangers

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4

Je vais avouer que les tounes qui ne sont pas des hits ont passées comme dans du beurre. Pas que c'était mauvais, je n'ai juste pas vraiment porter attention. Mon hit: Sweet child O mine. Criss qu'elle est forte.

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4

Welcome to the Jungle is one of the best rock songs I have ever heard

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4

D’emblée, je ne tripais pas trop sur ce groupe. Pour moi c’est pas du métal et c’est du hard rock de matante cochones. Par contre, en écoutant l’album je me rend compte que je les aime les matantes cochones et que c’est quand même du bon rock. C’est quand même très innovateur comme musique, du heavy qui plait à tous avec des guitares et des melodie hargneuse Je l’évite, la voix d’Axel c’est bon une heure, plus que ça ça écœure Je lévite : it’s so easy, thinking about you, night train

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4

Great album

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4

First ever listen but know the big tunes. Welcome To The Jungle is a work of art, one of the best album openers ever. Fucking love it. Sweet Child has always pissed me off for some reason but appreciate why it's so famous. Overall it's shit hot but not a 5 for me.

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A ver, lo escuché de entrada con prejuicio de que no me iba a gustar, porque el hard-rock-metal de esa epoca, hijole... Pero de hecho sí me llegaron a gustar varios momentos del disco. Quizás no era tan malo como pensaba y a la ve tenía muy bajas expectativas. Con todo, la voz caracteristica de ese género me sigue dando cancer. Canciónes fav: It's so easy, Nightrain y Mr. Brownstone. Mood: Welcome to the high-pitched voices

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Paradise City alone deserves a 4

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