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- Underrated album
This is the second best album of acoustic songs i've ever heard (second to Nirvana Unplugged) only because this has 4 and that has 14. The rock songs are also good. I'll dissect the album.
1.-Reckless Life-8/10 Pretty good opening to the album
2.-Nice Boys-9.5/10 Can't understand anything except chorus, but I like it anyway
3.-Move to the City-8/10 Another okay song
4.-Mama Kin-9/10 Don't like the intro (This is a song about your f***ing mother) but the song is cool
5.-Patience-10/10 Their only hit, I love it
6.-Used to Love Her-10/10 My personal favorite, hilarious
7.-You're Crazy-9/10 Better than AFD version
8.-One In a Million-9.5/10 This pisses people off, but it is really good
In conclusion, buy this album...more info
- A classic
Do yourself a favor and buy this album. Appetite came out when I was a little kid, and I was shocked when my cousins showed me Lies! I was like wtf? I didn't know there was another album out - I was horrified I hadn't heard it. Anyways, One in a Million is worth the price alone. Patience and Used to Love Her are two of the best songs ever as well. Not much to say except if you haven't heard these songs before I feel bad for you! Go get yourself a copy right now. These songs got me through elementary and middle school! ...more info
- another package
not a huge far of the first side
side two would be better if i didn't
buy it....more info
- Excellent Transaction
Very quick transaction. Would recommend doing business with this seller. Thank you so much....more info
- GN'R Lies
I got Gn'R Lies for my birthday yesterday, and I don't regret it. Gn'R is my favourite band. This is one of their weakest albums though, but it still gets 5 stars! I would give it 4.5, or a 4.3, but it's Gn'R and it's new. Kicks off with Steven's drumming, shows us how he could drum in a punkier, harder way than Matt. Axl then pops in, and the action begins.
In Nice Boys, the rough attitude of the band keeps going. Then we have Move To The City, what a great riff! I think it's my new favourite riff. It's awesome. This version is superior than the live version. Much of a party song! The first side closes with Mama Kin, and even though I like Aerosmith, I've got to admit this version breaks Aerosmith's one in two, though Steve (sp?) Tyler did a better job saying the "waaagon" or "draaaaagon" parts. I like the guitars here better too. Mama Kin may be the best song here -- It's too cool!
Then we get Gn'R's first ballad ever, Patience. Patience is great. Axl shines here, great lyrics and vocals. Well, vocals only, since Izzy wrote this thing alone. It's never been one of my favourites, but it's great. I Used To Love Her is funny, and some kind of rip-off/sampling the Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers, which has the same three chords and the exact same solo! You're Crazy is more bluesy here, I haven't listened to it much but I still like the Appetite version better.
Closes with One In A Million, in which Izzy saves the day with an amazing rhythm guitar and Slash does one of his best solos ever -- And I mean it! Overall, a great album. The action is nonstop, especially in Side 1, which is better IMO. I strongly recommend getting this album. Made me get back on Gn'R, I stopped listening to them a while before....more info
- Get This Album
If you claim to like Rock N' Roll but don't have GN'R Lies,
the only person you're fooling is yourself! The first four songs
are fast paced faux live tunes from the 1986 Live Like A Suicide. The last four are more subdued and much more enterprising. Patience is the perfect "ballad", while Used To Love Her is Patience's humorously gory opposite. The Lies incarnation of You're Crazy is slower and more profane than the Appetite version. Lastly, One In A Million, the album's magnum opus. This song says it all. Expressing the feelings of "a small town white boy" OIAM lashes out at the evils of the city. If any song truly epitomizes the signifigance of Guns N' Roses, this is it. My only complaint is that Axl offered up an apology to any offended....more info
- Young and Fierce GNR(4.5 stars)
"Lies" ultimately crushed Guns n' Roses popularity with the critics, and do to controversy divided fans down the middle. Nevertheless, this is a very strong, genuine and at times sophisticated album, while also keeping a very hard-edged style of rock on Side One. It is clear from this sophomore release that the Guns wouldn't care what critics think, and go about music in their own manner.
Side One opens with a fierce, hard rocking "Reckless Life" which generally carries a powerful energy through its lyrics and speedy guitar riffs. "Nice Boys" continues this high paced energy on the album with Rose delivering lightening fast lyrics effectively. "Mama Kin" is classic live Guns, a proficient cover-song with a very strong guitar riff. "Move To The City" is a typical GNR live standard, and boasts another model riff and raspy vocal from Axl. Although perhaps "Appetite For Destruction" displays more rock angst and righteousness, there is no denying that this is GNR rock at its best.
Side Two comes across as a very strong-minded, firm approach at passionate music. Although it's criticized for being pretentious, it does feature some beautiful and genuine tunes. "Patience" is an obvious attempt at widespread popularity, however it is certainly a wonderful song. "You're Crazy" is without question a superior version in it's slower paced style on this album. Axl also gives a lower pitched and ultimately better vocal. "Used To Love Her" is a folk rockabilly type song, with the Guns making it as clear as possible that this song is not to be taken seriously. Of course, critics still weren't amused. "One In A Million" may be the highlight of the album, and the controversial lyrics shattered any chance it had to be considered a great song. The previous reviewer made a clear statement to claim that this song is not an angry call to "faggots", "immigrants" and "n-ggers", but rather an study into the life of a racist. The guitar strumming is astonishing.
Overall, this is a great album from the GNR crew, however the reason I will knock off half a star is because of the length, a mere 34 minutes, and the fact that "Lies" in my opinion does slightly pale in comparison to "Appetite" and the Illusions. Still, recommended for GNR fans, and I highly suggest you to try and buy it cheap!
- a statement and a joke
this album is good and although short a definate must for all music lovers.the fact that it is a acoustic album for the large part shouldn't deter people from buying it.
the song that will of course get peoples attention will be one in a million,purely for its content.it will get criticised but in the sleeve axel states that it is just a joke and that people have always wanted a say this stuff but been too scared.its just axel being axel and people have to remember that.
not as good as other gnr albums but a insight into the band at the time!...more info
- The 'isms. << Too bad No stars isn't an option.
If you beleive in the following 'isms, then GnR is your wet dream:
Basically, Axl Rose is a macho brute, singing songs depicting violence towards females, homosexuals, and immigrants..
Hounestly, take a listen to One in a Million.. if you have any concience at all, the effect it should have on you should be sicking, if you have no concience whatsoever...then what are you waiting for, BUY THE ALBUM ALREADY, GODDAMNIT, and while you are at it.. take home AFD too!...more info
Wow! It is awesome that GNR did a cover of the Skrewdriver song "One in a Million" . I am not a fan of GNR, but that is really cool and I have a little more respect for'em now! 88...more info
- NICE BOYS DONT PLAY ROCK N ROLL
when i bought the cd appetite for destruction 1 of my favorite song was youre crazy.Then i found out that guns n roses are comming out with a new cd i had to buy it.when i bought it the cover was like a news paper article.i liked it!! it was clever.
the first day i bought it i listend to every song 3 times.
reckless life 8/10
nice boys 10/10 great song
move to the city 9/10
mama kin 8/10
used to love her 9/10
youre crazy 10/10 love this song
one in a million 9/10
buy this cd
- It's So Great
Another masterpiece from the Rockgods. What I always aprecciated
in GN'R is that all their stuff is so perferct. I like ALMOST each song they wrote. And Lies is another example of perfect album. This album is also very original conception - two sides with totally different stuff, hard rock and acoustic.
The entire thing starts with powerful, based on a strong guitar riff wild song "Reckless Life". It shows Guns crew in their best time and shows how much wild and powerful they were while playing live. Next one is a cover of an old, forgotten australian punk rock band, Rose Tattoo, "Nice Boys" which starts with a strong drums beat(impressive for Steven Adler!) and comes into a wild, punk song, that is really great. Move To The City is based on blues, and its rough n' tough, and I love the solo in it. Here we got something more - A song 'bout your f****** mother(too bad Axl) is a cover of Aerosmith classic Mama Kin. However, I'm a great fan of Aerosmith and finally i prefer Aerosmith version.
And this is where the wilderness ends. Time to chill out... Next song is one of band's most beautiful songs and my personal favourite, Patience. At first time it seems like just another simple acoustic song, but after listening to it few times you can feel this wonderful magic... Used To Love Her is a joke song, simple, few country chords, and words about girlfriend that was messing up and Axl had to bury her in backyard... good one. I love the acoustic version of You're Crazy. It's so cool. It can be powerful without distorted guitars and no punk stuff that it has on Appetite For Destruction. Last song is a beautiful ballad, One In A Million. However, the band suffered from this song, the critics were judging Axl and crew as rasists, but I think that's nonsense. I like this song.
I really love this CD and it sounds perfect on each song. I recommend it to each GN'R fan, but for beginners: maybe start with Appetite For Destruction. Final Mark: Amazing Great Masterpiece....more info
- The weakest G&R album,but pretty good
By the late 1980's,after Guns 'n Roses had released their debut album,1987's APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION,they had already become one of the most succsful bands that were around at the time. And after making an album that would later go on to be praised as not only the best metal record of the late 80's,but also as one of the best rock albums ever made,in 1988,Guns 'n Roses released their sophomore album,which was entitled G&R LIES. How did the album meausure up? Read on for my review of this:
This album,while it is the weakest album Guns 'n Roses ever released,is still pretty good. When G&R band members Axl Rose,Duff McKagen,Izzy Stradlin,Slash,and Steven Adler were getting ready for this album,they decided to make it an eight song record. The first four songs off of it are live performances of four songs--two G&R originals called RECKLESS LIFE and MOVE TO THE CITY,and two cover songs--a cover of Aerosmith's MAMA KIN and a cover of a song called NICE BOYS(I can't remember who did that song). Those four songs had actually originally appeared on LIVE LIKE A SUICIDE,a four song live EP that Guns 'n Roses had releasd in 1986, a year before APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION had come out.The original live songs were pretty good,and their cover of MAMA KIN,while it is not as good as the original version,was a pretty good cover,and Guns 'n Roses did a good job at making it sound like Guns 'n Roses,kind of like how Warrant's cover version of Queen's WE WILL ROCK YOU sounded like--well,of course,Warrant!
And then,there were the four studio songs off of this record. These songs were very different than the songs on APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION,but they were still pretty good. They were also songs that were on all accoustics. The first one of those songs was PATIENCE,an accoustic ballad that,while it was slow,was a really nice song. Here they also did an accoustic remake of YOU'RE CRAZY,one of their songs off of APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION-I like the original one better,but the accoustic version sounds really good also,and the idea of performing it on accoustic guitar was a really cool idea. And then,there is USED TO LOVE HER--which is a funny country/rock song about murdering your wife and burying her in your backyard because she complained too much,and then up next is ONE IN A MILLION--that is my favorite song out of the original G&R songs on this record. That track is also on accoustics(as well as electrics),and a piano is on it also--the music sounds really nice,and this song(along with USED TO LOVE HER)caused a controversy--and why is that? Because there are racial slurs in this song--but really,this song isn't racist--it is actually a really nice ballad that has some good and deep lyrics to it.
Overall,a good sophomore album from Guns 'n Roses. Shortly after this album was released in November 1988,because of both USED TO LOVE HER and ONE IN A MILLION,Guns 'n Roses became a center of controversy--and even though that eventually died out(sort of)it was sad when drugs,alcohol,and big egos led to The Gunners eventually calling it quits in 1996. Give this album a listen--it may not be APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION,USE YOUR ILLUSION I,or USE YOUR ILLUSION II,but it still is a pretty good album--it might even be better than you expected it would be!...more info
- About "Chinese Democracy"
Slash is my guitar hero of all time. Unexpectedly Buckethead is just as great as he is, or even better. Try one of Buckethead's albums, you will fall in love with and finally get addicted to his underestimated talent. Buckethead can play any style as well as guitar god Jeff Beck. "Chinese Democracy" is definitely the best rock album since 1991. It got what the other great rock bands like Metallica, AC/DC, etc. are always missing: beautiful melodies. In fact, Axl's new album is way way better than any Slash or Duff's solo projects. If your religion is rock music, then Axl Rose is your God and his albums is your Bible. Buy more copies of this masterpiece for your family and friends to do them a huge favor!...more info
this album is so underrated. It only had 1 hit but if people actually listened to the other songs they would think its great.
The best song would probably be patience....more info
- Axl and company burst through your speakers, guns misfiring
It's often overlooked that G'n'R was for all intents and purposes, just another hair band. What separates them from the avergage hair band in the vein of Posion, Whitesnake, Cinderella, and all of those other fallen heroes of 1980's power balladry is that their handlers carved for them an image that was a little bit more serious than the likes of Dave Coverdale or Bret Michaels. They had a bad boy, biker kind of image, perhaps a little more musical depth than the average hair band, and a penchant (most likely the result of managerial machinations) to court controversy. All of this combines to make them somewhat better than the average 80's hair band, but still worse than virtually everything else.
This isn't really an album. It's more of a stop gap in between AFD and its real follow up, UYI. This was probably another managerial machination to ensure that the band's newfound commercial success didn't languish in the four year space between the real albums. Still though it is a shining example of the steaming pound of feces that William "Axl" Bailey and company churned out with apparently little effort and even less intelligence.
The first part of this disc can best be viewed as a tour of Axl and company's roots. These tracks are musically dull and lyrically vapid. The boys break no new ground and the listener finds himself hoping against hope that they will if only so they may fall through the cracks. Probably the most embarrassing track is "Mama Kin", but then anyone who willingly covers an Aerosmith song has clearly run out of self respect.
The real triumph of this brief eight track affair is the second half. All original material, all stripped down and performed mostly acoustically, and all very lame and stupid.
"Patience"- It takes more than a little patience to sit through this painfully dull and dreary paean to troubled relationships. William assures whoever the subject of the song is, whichever unfortunate woman was with him at the time (for the money no doubt) '"sad woman take it slow and things will be just fine." He is the image of the sensitive, enlightened male. In the midst of his own pain and torment, he is intuitively aware of the heart wrenching troubles for the other party as well. What a lad. Of course, many other lyrics throughout G'N'R's brief career would reveal him as an archetypal chauvinist, misogynist (not to mention his penchant for beating up women that he's engaged or married to). Indeed, what a lad. We must take his posturing as an emotionally mature, caring, and intelligent man with a pinch of salt and instead regard him as the snotty little pissant the rest of the album suggests him to be.
"Used To Love Her"- I think this one is just embarrassing. A sort of countryish rock ditty that at least in musical terms would not sound out of place on an Eagles album. Needless to say, it is trite and achingly lame musically, but the real measure of its egregious idiocy is in the lyrics. This was done for a laugh obviously and will appeal to anyone who finds the humor in all things sexist and cliched, as William evidently does. I can imagine middle aged beer swigging janitors or mechanics listening to this track and laughing uproariously when Bailey explains that she "b*tched so much, she drove me nuts" and "I can still her here complain". We also get a chance to hear one of Bailey's unique talents in that ultra annoying, moronic way he has of dragging out the last syllables of a word like some sort of Buddy Holly on smack; "complaiiiiin-aaaa-aaaain".
"You're Crazy"- Blues derivative in music and lyrics. Bailey sings about, what else? An unruly woman that's breaking his heart and causing him grief as the boys strum a blues derived, uninspiring, unmoving background noise.
"One in A Million"- To understand this one, we must first understand what Axl and company's handlers had devised as a basic modus operandi for marketing a group that wasn't really very talented and had the combined IQ's of a herd of sheep. Every G'N'R album contained about three or four very commercial and MTV friendly songs that were predictably promoted as singles. It was more often than not, really vacuous, sentimental ballads about lost love, tough love, love unrequited, blah, blah, blah. "Patience" was obviously like that. But to keep the rumors at bay that the boys were in reality just a bunch of limp wristed, sensitive balladeers (and probably also to distract from the peculiar juxtaposition of Axl the musical romantic and Axl the real time woman abuser) most of the rest of the album was filled with heavier, harder, and usually more aggressive and dark lyrics. This track is of note only for its lyrics. It is on the basis of its music, wholly unmemorable. In one, six minute song, William reveals himself as not only a very poor singer fronting a group of musicians who bring about as much depth and originality to guitar based rock as Journey does, but also as a bigot of multiple prejudices. Now he has already time and again unconsciously revealed himself as a likely misogynist so women are spared on this one. Instead William name checks all those other types (that ain't white and therefore not right) he despises in true imbecilic, apallingly ignorant fashion. From "immigrants and "f*aggots" to "police and n*ggers", one gets the feeling that no page of Mein Kampf was left unturned as our hero delved deep into his putrid soul for the inspiration to pen this homage to blatant generalizations, racial stereotypes, and just plain stupidity. Were they serious? Probably. Was it at least in part an attempt to generate controversy and raise some eyebrows, but shouldn't be taken literally? Maybe, but far from attempting (and failing) to absolve the band with this kind of logic, fans should ask themselves what kind of sad, desperate baffoons descend so low for the sake of publicity and attention? I'm susprised that didn't follow up with "One In Million Part 2" in which they could maybe mock cancer patients or talk about pushing people out of wheelchairs. Maybe it's in the works given Chinese Democracy's poor showing. William must surely be in need of another desperate "look at us, we're so un-pc and naughty, it's like cool, man" ploy for attention now. ...more info
- Great acoustic stuff
This really is a great CD. I would put it ahead of all of their other records but Appetite. The acoustic songs are amazing and Axl sings like only he can. Slash's solos are eloquent and melodic, while the rest of the band plays a smooth, fat rythm. It's a great album....more info