Use Your Illusion II [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Use Your Illusion II is more ambitious than I, but it's also more pretentious. II is heavy on epics, whether it's the charging funk metal of "Locomotive," the antiwar "Civil War," or the multi-part "Estranged," which are balanced with corrective lighter moments. "14 Years" may have a lean, Stonesy rhythm, and Duff McKagan's Johnny Thunders homage, "So Fine," may be entertaining, but GNR goes off the rails with ridiculous "Get in the Ring," where Axl Rose threatens rock journalists by name because they gave him bad reviews; a misinterpretation of Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"; and the bizarre paranoid closer, "My World." Yet there are numerous strengths to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Use Your Illusion II is more ambitious than I, but it's also more pretentious. II is heavy on epics, whether it's the charging funk metal of "Locomotive," the antiwar "Civil War," or the multi-part "Estranged," which are balanced with corrective lighter moments. "14 Years" may have a lean, Stonesy rhythm, and Duff McKagan's Johnny Thunders homage, "So Fine," may be entertaining, but GNR goes off the rails with ridiculous "Get in the Ring," where Axl Rose threatens rock journalists by name because they gave him bad reviews; a misinterpretation of Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"; and the bizarre paranoid closer, "My World." Yet there are numerous strengths to Illusion II, particularly those epics that play like a cross of Elton John and Freddie Mercury.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1991
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642442029
  • Catalog Number: 24420
  • Sales rank: 23,176

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Civil War (7:36)
  2. 2 14 Years (4:17)
  3. 3 Yesterdays (3:13)
  4. 4 Knockin' on Heaven's Door (5:36)
  5. 5 Get in the Ring (5:29)
  6. 6 Shotgun Blues (3:23)
  7. 7 Breakdown (6:58)
  8. 8 Pretty Tied Up (4:46)
  9. 9 Locomotive (8:42)
  10. 10 So Fine (4:09)
  11. 11 Estranged (9:20)
  12. 12 You Could Be Mine (5:48)
  13. 13 Don't Cry (4:42)
  14. 14 My World (1:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guns N' Roses Primary Artist
Alice Cooper Vocals
Michael Monroe Harmonica, Saxophone
Izzy Stradlin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Sitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Steven Adler Drums
West Arkeen Guitar
Stuart Bailey Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tim Doyle Tambourine
Shannon Hoon Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Johann Langlie Drums, Keyboards
Duff McKagan Percussion, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dizzy Reed Organ, Piano, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Clavinet
Josh Richman Voices
Axl Rose Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Reba Shaw Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Slash Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Voices
Matt Sorum Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus
Howard Teman Piano
The Waters Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Guns N' Roses Producer
Izzy Stradlin Composer
Bruce Foster Sound Effects
West Arkeen Composer
Robert Clark Contributor
Mike Clink Producer, Engineer
Johann Langlie Programming, Sound Effects, Special Effects
George Marino Mastering
Matthew McKagan Contributor
Axl Rose Composer, Sound Effects, Special Effects, Producer
Slash Composer
John Trautwein Contributor
Rachel West Contributor
Kevin Reagan Art Direction
Wendy Sherman Art Direction
Jim Mitchell Engineer
Krik Hughey Illustrations
Mark Kostabi Cover Design
Steve Lank Illustrations
Mike Staggs Illustrations
R.K. Sloane Illustrations
Billy McCloud Composer
Del James Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    a great album for the masses of metalheads and headbangers

    this band is just amazing just simply amazing i do not know how axl rose pulled it off with volume 1 and then he did it again with volume 2 this album is just awesome beyond words awesome if you like guns n roses check out slipknot and mushroomhead

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good Performance from GNR

    These are my ratings and opinions on all the songs on this album. 1 - Civil War - A really good song that starts slow but then starts rockin. The song is almost perfect but the end gets repetative and the piano in it is kind of stupid. 8/10 2 - 14 years - A good rock song that's fun to listen to. 7/10 3 - Yesterdays - A light and more happy GNR song that I really like. 9/10 4 - Knockin' on Heavens Door - A great and hard rockin' rendition of a Bob Dylan classic. 10/10 5 - Get In The Ring - I really did like the music in this song, but the lyrics and all the swear words ruin it. 3/10 6 - Shotgun Blues - This is another fast paced rocker in which i really enjoy the music but the lyrics were bad and just plain annoying, the lyrics ruined it. 5/10 7 - Breakdown - Once again, another good and fast paced rocker, and the lyrics weren't that bad! 7/10 8 - Pretty Tied Up - Decent music with lyrics you hope your kids won't understand. The booklet contains a drawing for this song which i find disturbing. 5/10 9 - Locomotive - A really great hard rock song. Good music and the lyrics were O.K., the vocals were pretty good. 8/10 10 - So Fine - A light GNR song that, although i know some people don't like it, I think is one of the best songs on the album. 9/10 11 - Estranged - A good hard rockin' tune. A lot of people seem to like this one. 9/10 12 - You Could Be Mine - My favorite song on the album. This song is very hard and (in my opinion) everyhing about it is good. 10/10 13 - Don't Cry - A pretty good light song. I prefer the other lyrics more but it's not a big deal. 8/10 14 - My World - This song is really dumb. It was all done by Axl and has a techno feel to it. 1/10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The First Review Eh? All I can say is this CD is fantastic

    While "Use Your Illusion 1" is one of my favorites with songs like, "Live and Let Die", "Don't Cry", "Perfect Crime", "November Rain", and "Dead Horse", "Use Your Illusion 2" has to ultimately be one of my favorite Guns N' Roses' Albums ever, it is right up there with "Appetite for Destruction", and yes I most definately have an "Appetite for Destruction". Since having a history for being fantastic it would only make perfect sense that their 4th Album be just as great. It features songs like; "Civil War" which when you listen to the song seems to be contradicting Axl himself, seeing as his initials spell the word 'war'. But nonetheless is a good song. Some others, just to name a few are, "Yesterdays", "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", "Locomotive", "So Fine", "Estranged", and "You Could be Mine". All in all this Album is just pure genius, and proves that once again, and once and for all Guns N' Roses will always be fantastic, no matter what they decide to do.

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