Guns N’ Roses – G N’ R Lies (1988): Review


Produced by Guns N’ Roses and Mike Clink
Label – Geffen

Quick to cash in on the meteoric rise of their charges and with no forthcoming album planned, Geffen Records rushed to release “Lies” to a public desperate for new Guns N’ Roses material, following the massive worldwide success of their debut “Appetite For Destruction”. With very little new material at their disposal, Geffen raided the vaults and half of the album is the debut E.P., “Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide” which was originally released in 1986, and on the other side, four acoustic numbers which included a rework of a song from their debut (“Crazy”). The album would bring a further hit, with “Patience” making the top 5 in the States, but the rest of the album is quite honestly cash before quality, and would leave many wondering about the longevity of a band who were now filling more inches of Gossip column news than music news.


The songs from the E.P “Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide” sound like pub rock Amateur hour, badly recorded, and lacking hook, focus, or any of the manic drive that would guide their breakthrough album. On Side 2, “Patience” is a reasonable, if fairly forgettable ballad, and the rework of “Crazy” is surplus to requirement and for Guns N’ Roses fanatics only. Why hard rock bands seem to feel it necessary to do acoustic versions of their songs, I will never know. It is laziness, because the songs nearly always sound better first time around, and in this case the acoustic songs in general take away all the pent up rage of a band who had mesmerised us with a magical album packed with venom and vitriol. They sound like a caged Tiger on Morphine, and may look tough put purr like a pussycat. The band would rise to glory again with the “Use Your Illusion” albums, but avoid this, as I feel that Geffen were definitely “milking” the cash cow.

The record is a sickening sell out; a defilement of their credibility, rock ethics, and a complete dis-interest in their fans.


Track Listing
1. “Reckless Life” 3:20
2. “Nice Boys” 3:03
3. “Move to the City” 3:42
4. “Mama Kin” 3:53
5. “Patience” 5:56
6. “Used to Love Her” 3:13
7. “You’re Crazy” 4:10
8. “One in a Million” 6:10


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