Use Your Illusion II

Use Your Illusion II

by Guns N' Roses


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/1991
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642442029
catalogNumber: 24420
Rank: 8957

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,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Voices
Matt Sorum   Percussion,Drums,Choir, Chorus
Howard Teman   Piano
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
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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Use Your Illusion II 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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