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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
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  1. Jul 5, 2018
    10
    The best Rock album of all time! The remix give shine to all of these classics. The two early versions of November Rain are simply magnificent...
  2. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    greatest rock n roll album of all time, still sounds as raw and as relevant as it always has been. GNFNRs for life
  3. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    [Universal's deluxe reissue of Appetite for Destruction missed the 30th anniversary of the album's release by a year but that's okay: Appetite wound up burning up the charts in 1988, so having the various deluxe reissues pop up in the summer of 2018 feels fine. Certainly, the extra music available on the three various editions -- the ultra-expensive Locked N Loaded edition has the same[Universal's deluxe reissue of Appetite for Destruction missed the 30th anniversary of the album's release by a year but that's okay: Appetite wound up burning up the charts in 1988, so having the various deluxe reissues pop up in the summer of 2018 feels fine. Certainly, the extra music available on the three various editions -- the ultra-expensive Locked N Loaded edition has the same bonus material as the four-disc Super Deluxe, while the double-disc Deluxe Edition contains highlights of that bonus material -- is all worth the wait. All of the B-sides and all of the 1986 debut EP Live [email protected] Like a Suicide are here, along with all of the new material from 1988's G N' R Lies save "One in a Million," whose absence signals Rose's political and emotional growth, but the true discoveries here are the demo sessions that cover disc three and disc four on the Super Deluxe, many of which were cut at the legendary Los Angeles studio Sound City. Most of Appetite was given its first airing here, and while the versions aren't as fiery as the finished album, what's remarkable is that the songs are. That's especially true regarding early versions of "Back Off **** and "November Rain," the latter sounding just as majestic in a solo Rose piano reading as it did on Use Your Illusion. Scattered throughout are covers of "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash," signs that the group saw themselves as heirs to all manners of rock & roll rebellion, but the acoustic versions that end this deluxe edition -- which include yet another cover of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" -- serve the same purpose as the acoustic numbers on G N' R Lies: they show how the band was tight and versatile underneath that roar. Although nothing here may eclipse the original Appetite for Destruction, everything added to this deluxe edition enhances the album, offering proof of Guns N' Roses's immense skill while also illustrating how the band captured lighting in a bottle on their debut.] Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2018
    10
    When lollipop rock was destroying us...Appetite for Destruction was released to save us. Raw and powerful, we are thankful for it's influence and nostalgia. A group that you could see live and it was a disaster or it was an amazing raw, visceral rock experience. No matter what happened, we are thankful that this happened.
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95

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

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  1. Uncut
    Jul 19, 2018
    90
    Thirty years later, these songs have lost neither their grandeur nor their menace. A wealth of live tracks, rarities and covers. [Sep 2018, p.47]
  2. Jul 5, 2018
    100
    Thirty years later and Appetite For Destruction still packs a visceral thrill; a combination of real attitude and proper songcraft that very few bands, if any, have ever combined so perfectly.
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    100
    Although nothing here may eclipse the original Appetite for Destruction, everything added to this deluxe edition enhances the album, offering proof of Guns N' Roses's immense skill while also illustrating how the band captured lighting in a bottle on their debut.