Estranged (9:23)

Cover of Use Your Illusion II

From Use Your Illusion II and 15 other releases

“Estranged” is a song and music video by the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, from their fourth album Use Your Illusion II.

“Estranged” is the longest song on Use Your Illusion II, and one of Guns N’ Roses’ longest overall. It has many verses, and no set chorus, as well as distinguished guitar and piano solos. Use Your Illusion II’s liner notes thank Slash for “the killer guitar melodies,” which captured Axl Rose’s vision. Slash has specifically stated that recording the guitar parts for this song was very intensive for him; he recorded it using a Les Paul Gold Top, using the treble pickup with the tone turned all the way down.

According to Slash, the song was written while the band was rehearsing for an extended period of time in Chicago. Axl revealed that he wrote the song during a more “bummed out” time in his life.

The music video is the third and final part of an unofficial trilogy of videos (preceded by “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain”) from the two Use Your Illusion albums which featured a stunning theatrical film type cinematography. This, like its predecessors had a massive budget, approximately reaching $8.5 million.

The over nine-minute-long video for “Estranged” is similar in style to the previous two in the trilogy; however, it appears only loosely to pick up the theme. This is mainly because Axl Rose and then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour (who played Axl’s girlfriend in “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain”) had broken up prior to filming, making the theme of separation/divorce highly relevant.

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  • illusionvalley

    How did I go two fucking years without listening to this?! MY GOD.

    6 Jan 9:05am Reply
  • Kajtek666

    No 4 in my Top 100 Countdown. Along Coma and Locomotive their best song.

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • XVishal7X

    Masterpiece. [6]

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • XVishal7X

    What a fucking masterpiece. [3]

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • krakendasmares

    One of the best

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
  • samiskywalker

    What a fucking masterpiece. [2]

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • futte74

    Guns n' Roses best track ever. Masterpiece guitar playing with the rawest riff ever produced and made

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    I don't know how you're supposed to find me lately... [2]

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • barry_lyndon

    What a fucking masterpiece.

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • Vincent____Vega

    Masterpiece.

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Masterpiece. [4]

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • FranOviedo

    Completely agree with the majority of comments here. An absolutely epic track. A complete journey from start to finish, crafted masterfully and executed with maximum power. [2]

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Zokamaiden

    Cool!

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • illusionvalley

    Completely agree with the majority of comments here. An absolutely epic track. A complete journey from start to finish, crafted masterfully and executed with maximum power.

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    absolutely flawless. a piece of musical art. among my top 10 favorite tracks off all time. masterpiece.

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ricardoa7

    Masterpiece. [4] The words bad and Estranged cannot be in the same phrase, this song is just awesome in every single way. From Axl's open heart to every single instrument fitting the song in a perfect way.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • theoctothorp

    Unpardonably self-indulgent emotive nonsense, but still one of the best bad songs of all time. I can totally hear the dolphins!

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • drvirtuozov

    Masterpiece. [3]

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Cuca64

    I soooo luv it damn!!!!!

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • sicass

    My favorite GNR song! I love it!!

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
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