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BMRA-Round 1-Appetite for Destruction vs. Cracked Rear View

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Which one?

Poll ended at Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:13 am

Appetite for Destruction
36
77%
Cracked Rear View
11
23%
 
Total votes : 47

BMRA-Round 1-Appetite for Destruction vs. Cracked Rear View

Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:13 am

Gun n' Roses' Appetite for Destruction
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Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Guns N' Roses' debut, Appetite for Destruction was a turning point for hard rock in the late '80s -- it was a dirty, dangerous, and mean record in a time when heavy metal meant nothing but a good time. On the surface, Guns N' Roses may appear to celebrate the same things as their peers -- namely, sex, liquor, drugs, and rock & roll -- but there is a nasty edge to their songs, since Axl Rose doesn't see much fun in the urban sprawl of L.A. and its parade of heavy metal thugs, cheap women, booze, and crime. The music is as nasty as the lyrics, wallowing in a bluesy, metallic hard rock borrowed from Aerosmith, AC/DC, and countless faceless hard rock bands of the early '80s. It's a primal, sleazy sound that adds grit to already grim tales. It also makes Rose's misogyny, fear, and anger hard to dismiss as merely an artistic statement; this is music that sounds lived-in. And that's exactly why Appetite for Destruction is such a powerful record -- not only does Rose have fears, but he also is vulnerable, particularly on the power ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine." He also has a talent for conveying the fears and horrors of the decaying inner city, whether it's on the charging "Welcome to the Jungle," the heroin ode "Mr. Brownstone," or "Paradise City," which simply wants out. But as good as Rose's lyrics and screeching vocals are, they wouldn't be nearly as effective without the twin-guitar interplay of Slash and Izzy Stradlin, who spit out riffs and solos better than any band since the Rolling Stones, and that's what makes Appetite for Destruction the best metal record of the late '80s.

Hootie & the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View
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Hootie & the Blowfish's debut album, Cracked Rear View, was the success story of 1994/1995, selling over 12 million copies. It's a startling, large number, especially for a new band, but in some ways, the success of the record isn't that surprising. Although Hootie & the Blowfish aren't innovative, they deliver the goods, turning out an album of solid, rootsy folk-rock songs that have simple, powerful hooks. "Hold My Hand" has a singalong chorus that epitomizes the band's good-times vibes. None of the tracks transcend their generic status, but they are strong songs for their genre, with crisp chords and bright melodies. Still, the songs wouldn't be convincing without the emotive vocals of Darius Rucker, whose gruff baritone has more grit than the actual songs. At their core, Hootie & the Blowfish are a bar band, but they managed to convince millions of listeners that they were the local bar band, and that's why Cracked Rear View was a major success.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:22 am

Which of those 2 sets would you guys want to see next

Set 1
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Ritual De Lo Habitual vs. Follow the Leader
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Postby Callahan » Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:31 am

GNR punches Hootie in the [bleep]!

PlayingWithFire wrote:Which of those 2 sets would you guys want to see next


Those are some pretty good albums. Shouldn't we be doing them all? If you're asking about the ORDER we should do them in, I'm fine with whatever.
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Postby Minor League Skilz » Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:33 am

Be prepared for a beatdown Hootie.
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Postby BritSox » Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:46 am

GNR easily.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:26 am

I wonder who teddy's going to vote for? :-?

This matchup is hilarious. GNR by a mile... :-°
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Postby Madison » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:24 am

Guns easily here. ;-D
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Postby ThatDude » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:48 am

Appetite is one of my 5 favorite CDs ever made.


This is as much of a no-brainer as you'll find in this entire tournament.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:49 am

who's the other guy who voted for CRV? :-b
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Postby Jimboozie » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:02 am

Whoever made this matchup is a huge GNR fan. What a cake walk, might as well have them up against Yanni or Celine Dion.
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