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Use Your Illusion I (album) by Guns N' Roses

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Use Your Illusion I
Use Your Illusion I by Guns N' Roses (1991)
Overall rank: 897th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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73/100 (from 471 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1991 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (187th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (897th)

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Use Your Illusion I is ranked 3rd best out of 9 albums by Guns N' Roses on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Guns N' Roses is Appetite For Destruction which is ranked number 70 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 32,692.

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It’s an improvement compared with their previous stuff. The songwriting is a bit better; the songs are catchier. And there are some slower parts where slash’ talents shine through; the guy really carries this band and he is mediocre at best. Also, Slash’ guitar solos are much better than first. However, the guitar riffs are unimaginative as ever.
“November Rain” is cute, but you have to be really trying if that shit really brings tears to your eyes. Axl trying to make that silly voice he puts up sound emotional or deep is the most hilarious thing I have experienced today.
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75/100
People always talk about the filler, but from what I can tell there are 10 good songs and 6 bad ones. The bad ones are really bad. But maybe we cannot agree which are the bad six. Here's my go as the single non-filler album (Ive cheated a little with 15 songs)

Dust N Bones
Live N Let Die
Bad Obsession
Double Talking Jive
November Rain
Coma
Civil War
14 Years
Yesterdays
You could be Mine
Breakdown
Don't Cry (Alt Lyrics)
Pretty Tied Up
Locomotive
Estranged
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Rating:  
80/100
Albums as uneven as this one are the hardest to rate. I gave it a 80/100 rating and I'm being kind. There are maybe 5 really great songs and the rest is mostly filler. This is considered the lesser of the UYI albums for a good reason.
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80/100
Both Illusion records get an 8/10 from me even though there is plenty of filler on both.Personally I believe they should of made a single record and kept the rest for b-sides and future records. My ideal Use Your Illusion album would be:

1) Civil War
2) You Could Be Mine
3) Dust N Bones
4) Live and Let Die
5) Double Talkin Jive
6) Bad Obsession
7) Dont Cry
8) Pretty Tied Up
9) 14 years
10) November Rain
11) Yesterdays
12) Dead Horse
13) Coma
14) Estranged

This would be one of the greatest records ever made. I also think this record would of sold over 30 million records just like Appetite has.
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90/100
From F1Aaron
Long as hell but I had fun listening to the rockin tracks, some are fillers yeah but I find the standouts tend to stick in my mind the most
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50/100
The, use your illusion, albums were released on the same day in September 1991, as the long awaited follow up's to the classic, appetite for destruction. There is some good stuff here, but there is some awful stuff too. Of the good stuff, there's, don't cry, the epic, coma, dust'n'bones, the stones-ish, you ain't the first, and, bad obsession. November rain, is good, but it's so overblown and bombastic, it's almost sickening, I mean, this is Guns'n'Roses, not journey. There's some terrible songs on here; don't damn me, back of bitch, garden of Eden, the garden, are all atrocious. Double talkin' jive, and, live and let die, are ok I suppose, as is, dead horse. None of these songs would have made it onto, appetite for destruction. The most disappointing of the two records.
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75/100

My least favourite of the two Illusion albums

This album contains the epic November Rain and a great cover of Live And Let die - however there is a lot of stuff on hear that I really don't like

The two Illusion albums could have been condensed in to one unbeatable record

However a comment from Migglemo shows an attempt at writing the ideal track list -
So I had a go

You could be mine
Live and let die
Don't cry (no 2)
Civil war
14 years
Yesterday's
Knocking on heaven door
Pretty tied up
Locomotive
So fine
November rain
Estranged

And there in lies the problem..... as only 6 of our choices are the same (And that was only because I cheated and had 12 tracks instead of 10 ! Maybe the band had a similar dilemma ?

So maybe the answer should have been to have a double album, but cut some of the songs
- So instead of a wapping 30 songs, cut it down to 20 or 22
I think this would have resulted in a masterpiece of a double album that would be ranked very high to this day.

Who knows, what done is done !
So what we are left is....is two over long albums that have some amazing classics on each, and a lot of filler rubbish

Still worth a listen though for the great stuff
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70/100
From mtr1979
Average. About the best I can say for it is that at least the songs didn't get overplayed a billion times on the radio like those from Appetite did, with the exception of November Rain.
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From zdwyatt
I was always confused by the Use Your Illusion albums. This one isn't as strong as II, but does have a handful of good tunes. Like many people, I'd have preferred they pared them down to one awesome album. But even allowing for rock star hubris, I don't get why they sequenced the albums the way they did. This one feels like it has more filler than not, and it's much weaker for it.
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The best Guns n Roses album in my opinion. It's the only one that doesn't contain a bunch of overplayed radio hits and it transcends the typical arena rock sound they established in the 80s. You Ain't the First proves that they can do something different than the Aerosmiths and Rolling Stones of the world. November Rain and some of the other great tracks on this album are ones that I still love despite outgrowing this band when I was very young.
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