Thursday, September 17, 2009

Breakdown; Guns Nʼ Roses

Enough or are there any others? Well, If another one appears I'll post only in October or November. =P

“Breakdown” is on the fourth studio album, Use Your Illusion II. According WikipediaAxl Rose has stated that the vocal ending to the song is the only thing he was not satisfied with on the Use Your Illusion albums. Additionally, Slash has stated that it was one of the most complicated songs to record on the album. According to him, the guitar, drum, and piano parts were hard to synchronize — drummer Matt Sorum ‘lost it’ a couple of times trying to get the drums just right.

For lack of better words to describe the song, here I leave pieces of an excellent review done by a fan:

When Guns N’ Roses released their Use Your Illusion albums I & II simultaneously, they were at their creative peak. Coming off their massive Appetite For Destruction sales, all eyes were on the band to prove they weren’t just a one-trick pony.

Use Your Illusion II (UYI2) is considered the darker, softer album. Although both albums demonstrated a more polished G’N’R, UYI2 was far more political and personal than the UYI1. It contained songs like ‘Civil War’, and ‘Get in the Ring’ that dealt with matters of violence and media bias/framing. It’s also considered to be the ‘artsier’ of the two albums, with a handful of songs clocking in at over seven minutes in length and includes the experimental Axl Rose cut, ‘My World’.

“‘Breakdown’ is track seven off of UYI2. Written by Axl Rose, it is one of the most distinguishable songs off the album as it opens with a banjo. As Slash explains, ‘That’s a five-string banjo tuned to guitar because I don’t know anything about banjo. It’s something I wrote off-the-cuff when Axl came up with that piano part. I had this idea that it should sound like that so I tuned it like a guitar. I don’t know how to play banjo’. The rolling piano keeps the song pulsating along as Axl unfolds the tale of heartache and mistrust.

The last part of the song, Axl’s monologue, was taken from the film Vanishing Point. He explains, ‘There is nothing on the record that didn’t come out the way we wanted, except maybe the vocal speech (the monologue) at the end of ‘Breakdown’. The mix on the speakers that we did the mastering on was loud enough, but on other sets of speakers it’s not. It depends on what stereo you’re hearing it on, and we didn’t know that.

We all come in from the cold
We come down from the wire
An everybody warms themselves
to a different fire
When sometimes we get burned
You'd think sometime we'd learn
The one you love is the one
That should take you higher
You ain't got no one
You better go back out and find um

Just like children hidin' in a closet
Can't tell what's goin' on outside
Sometimes we're so far off the beaten track
We'll get taken for a ride
By a parlor trick or some words of wit
A hidden hand up a sleeve
To think the one you love
could hurt you now
Is a little hard to believe
But everybody darlin' sometimes
Bites the hand that feeds

When I look around
Everybody always brings me down
Well is it them or me
Well I just can't see
But there ain't no peace to found
But if someone really cared
Well they'd take the time to spare
A moment to try and understand
Another one's despair
Remember in this game we call life
That no one said it's fair

Let me hear it now
let me hear it now
Let me hear it now
let me hear it now
Get down with yo' bad self

I've come to know the cold
I think of it as home
When there ain't enough of me to go around
I'd rather be left alone
But if I call you out of habit I'm out of love and
I gotta have it
Would you give it to me if I fit you needs
Like when we both knew we had it
But now the damage's done
And we're back out on the run
Fun how ev'rything was roses
When we held on to the guns
Just because you're winnin'
Don't mean you're the lucky ones

Let me hear it now
Let me hear it now

"There goes the challenger being chased
By the blue blue meanies on wheels
The vicious traffic squad cars are after
our lone driver
The last American hero
The-the electric sintar
The demi-god,
The super driver of the golden west!
Two nasty Nazi cars are close behind
The beautiful lone driver
The police cars are getting closer-closer...
Closer to our soul hero in his soul mobile
Yeah baby!
They about to strike, They gonna get him,
Smash! Rape!
The last beautiful free soul on this planet is written if the Evil Spirit arms the Tiger with claws
Brahman provided wings for the Dove
Thus spake the Super Guru"
"Did you hear that"

No comments:

Post a Comment