If Guns n' Roses had scaled down on their operatic ambitions and released the best songs off "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II" on just one double LP instead of two, they would have come up with one of the greatest hard rock records in recent memory. But they didn't, and this is what we have: A lot of good and a lot of out-and-out weirdness.
The mediocrities and oddities on "Use Your Illusion I", particularly the forgettable "Garden Of Eden", the dated, self-righteous punk of "Don't Damn Me", and the decidedly weird "The Garden", is mostly concentrated on the second half on the original LP (they could have cut all the last six numbers and it would only have made "I" a better album). And while that's something of a letdown, it does leave several really songs good among the first ten, including the mega-hit "Don't Cry", written mainly by Axl Rose and composed mainly by Izzy Stradlin, who plays the immediately recognizable intro.
"Use Your Illusion I" moves between grandiose balladry (the impressive "November Rain"), classic rock n' roll ("Dust n' Bones"), punk ("Double Talkin' Jive"), and furious heavy metal ("Right Next Door To Hell", "Back Off Bitch").
It is an interesing, ambitious record, actually. Too bad that the numerous fine songs get lost amid the filler and the overblown production.