Album review: Guns N’ Roses, The Spaghetti Incident (1993)

 

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 25, 1993

By Steve Newton

As Guns N’ Roses would likely proclaim themselves, The Spaghetti Incident KICKS F***IN’ ASS! It’s the band’s rockingest album ever, although when you’re out to deliver raunchy covers of tunes by the New York Dolls (“Human Being”), Iggy Pop (“Raw Power”), and Nazareth (“Hair of the Dog”), it’s pretty hard to wimp out.

Lovers of sweeping GN’R ballads like “Patience” and “Don’t Cry” will have a tough time finding any tender tracks to latch on to here, but fans of the rough ’n’ tumble stuff will freak over the band’s honest-sounding tributes to ’70s-rock casualties Stiv Bators and Johnny Thunders.

The only real beef about The Spaghetti Incident is that the band should have skipped the opening tune, the Skyliners’ “Since I Don’t Have You”, because Axl Rose can’t cut it as a romantic ’50s crooner.

Paul Anka he ain’t.

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