“Once Appetite for Destruction finally became a hit in 1988, Guns N’ Roses bought some time by delivering the half-old/half-new LP G N’ R Lies as a follow-up” (Erlewine). “G N’ R Lies is where the band metamorphosed from genuine threat to joke” (Erlewine).
The album was “constructed as a double EP, with the ‘indie’ debut Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide coming first” (Erlewine). “Neither recorded live nor released by an indie label, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide is competent bar band boogie, without the energy or danger of Appetite for Destruction” (Erlewine).
The second half is comprised of “four new acoustic-based songs” (Erlewine) and “are considerably more problematic” (Erlewine). “First, there is no doubt about “the musical skill of the band, which makes the country-fried boogie of Used to Love Her, the bluesy revamp of You’re Crazy, and the tough, paranoid fever dream of One in a Million indelible” (Erlewine).
The album’s hit single “Patience is Guns N’ Roses at their prettiest and their sappiest, the most direct song they recorded to date” (Erlewine).
“Its emotional directness makes the misogyny of ‘Used to Love Her’…and the pitiful slanders of ‘One in a Million’ sound genuine. Although the cover shrugs them off as a ‘joke,’ Axl Rose’s venom is frightening – there’s little doubt that he truly does believe that ‘faggots’ come to America from another country and that ‘niggers’ should stay out of his way. Since he wasn’t playing a character on the remainder of the album, there’s little doubt this is from the heart as well” (Erlewine).
“So, you either listen to the music and are satisfied or else listen to the lyrics and become disturbed not only by Rose’s intentions, but by the millions of record buyers that identified with him” (Erlewine).