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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Black Frog/Geffen
  • ASIN: B001JEO9XU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
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The sixth studio album from hard rockers, Guns N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy was the first album from the group in 15 years. The 14 track album has received mixed reviews from critics and despite receiving high sales during its first week, the record undersold expectations.

BBC Review

In the 15 years it's taken for Axl and co. to get these 14 tracks together the costs have spiralled so precipitously (and downloading habits have changed the market so massively) that Chinese Democracy will, in all probability, never make a profit. So, weirdly, in refusing to be hurried, and despite turning it into probably the last great rock folly of our times, now-46-year-old Axl Rose may have actually done something quite significant: struck a blow for the artist. Of course, this all hangs on whether Chinese Democracy is any good. At a work rate of less than a track a year you'd expect something awesome, wouldn't you? Well, it IS. By this we mean it's epic, preposterously overarching and all the things you'd expect from the ego that ate Sunset Strip.

This is an album with literally a cast of thousands. collaborations begun, dropped, seeds of ideas, mere trains of thought, they all get name checked in the sleeve notes. So yes, guitar freaks, Buckethead's here, and so is Brian May (Catcher In The Rye), and so are about twenty other guitarists. Piano ballads (Sorry), sweeping strings (adding just the right amount of throat lumpiness to Madagascar), multi-tracked shredding mayhem - it's all on tap. And on top the grizzled yelp that seems just as good as ever.

And don't let anyone tell you that Axl hasn't been keeping up with trends. A song like Better, starts with an r 'n' b-lite loop under a lonely voice; If The World's skittering beats and spanish guitar make it most danceable: expect a few illicit remixes to hit the clubs sometime soon. But that was always GnR's strength - they rocked hard, but they also had a canny eye on the big prize. Watching whether their universal brand still holds good after all this time will be a fascinating game to play in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Of course there are times when Axl's perversity does over-egg things. Some tracks take a good minute or two setting up just the right mood while Madagascar's samples of both Martin Luther King AND Coolhand Luke are perplexing. But then you're dumped headfirst into the metal mayhem of something like Rhiad And The Bedouins and you remember why you loved this band all those years ago.

At the centre of all this sits Rose, suddenly big news again and amazingly able to hold up Chinese Democracy as at least the equal of all the talk its creators have been bandying about. No, it won't change the world and it doesn't contain any major innovations. But it's still a huge triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. You can breathe again now... --Dennis O'Dell

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Green VINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that, apart from one or two tracks, I've not really been much of an admirer of GNR - however, for my birthday, my eldest son purchased a copy of Black Ice for me - which, unfortunately (for him!) I had already got in my collection - so he said he'd go and get me a surprise.....and came back with a copy of Chinese Democracy. Well, I have to say that it took me a couple of days before I actually gave it access to my car CD player and then when I did give it a spin, the first and second tracks went by, with me just thinking that I knew why I was never really that much enamoured by this band - But then "Better" started up, grabbing me by the throat demanding my undivided attention - great riffs, voice box mashing vocals and some really stunning guitar soloing - this was something completely different, and most unexpected. I played this track a couple of more times and then went on to complete the album and, I have to say that I had more than a grin on my face.....this album truly ROCKS!!
I have since given this album a great deal of listening time as "background noise" and also with a set of cans on and I am now even more impressed with this strong and complicated album which is capable of being "dived" into at any level because it covers all the facets that an excellent rock, or indeed, any type of album should serve up....be it fast paced raucous rock or just plain beautiful ballads, technically brilliant musicianship or just simple melodies, this album delivers it all!
The real test of course will be how long the follow up will be in the making and will it ever be able to eclipse this truly brilliant album....
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188 of 201 people found the following review helpful By Haunted Nostril on 27 Nov. 2008
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Right first off I'm going to put aside all the stuff about the nonsense and millions that went into making this album as it serves no purpose and detracts from the music - yes it happened - yes Axl Rose is a bit mental and has gone OTT, but what's new? If we put such a high mantle on our artists and musician then mental is what you get, people. If I had to like every man behind every piece of music before I could enjoy their respective tunes I would have a very small CD collection indeed, so onwards and upwards.
Now then, here is my, hopefully, not overly long, down and dirty, review of Chinese Democracy in a cheeky little list format that I hope won't take up too much of your time with pretentious musings. (Please note I am not reviewing for NME who seem to think every piece of indie tosh that heads their way is a `masterpiece' and `totally astonishing` - I am assuming everyone who reads this will be from camp realism.)

PROS -
- The vocals are top notch and harken back to the days of yore when I used to launch myself around my bedroom as a rebellious teen shouting the lyrics to get in the ring (when my parents where well out of earshot of course - rebellious, yeah - starting a rebellion, not so much.) There are even some points here where I think the vocals definately surpass what has passed. Bonus.
- The riffage and solos on offer within are some of the finest I've taken in in a good long while - sure Slash is a brilliant guitarist but there are other equally brilliant guitarists out there, and I'd say quite a few of them have racked up points on this album.
- There are a vast range of styles and ideas from track to track and as the album moves on you are constantly passed from pillar to post in terms of what you're hearing. A tune for every occasion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2010
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There can only be a few words and phrases which suit an introduction to this album: Axl and Dizzy; G'n'R or not G'n'R; 50 guitarists?; and most importantly- finally! Yes the album which was spread over 2 millenniums finally arrived but could it be G'n'R as only Axl and Dizzy survived? I guess that depends on what sort of fan you are. Axl chewed his away through so many musicians on this album that it all becomes a farce, an irrelevance, and all that matters in the end as it always only does, is the music. So, is it more Appetite than Spaghetti?

`Chinese Democracy' opens with a screaming siren a cacophony of voices and sounds- Axl is back and still crazy. A chunky set of chords start, we hear that famous screech, and then the drums blast off. The song starts in high gear and progresses through a rampage of lyrics concerning the situation in China and by relation, the situation both in the US and Axl's head. and a variety of riffs and hooks. The chorus is typically brutal, the melodies and guitars are angry and more than slick, skilful, and tuneful enough to make us forget that Slash is not involved. This is a raucous opener which will force the body to move and whet your buds for more, although after repeated listens it doesn't have many memorable moments.

`Shackler's Revenge' opens with effects laden guitars, sounding almost (gasp) nu-metal. Thankfully this is forgotten as the various phases of the song bun their way into our ears. Axl's voice doesn't sound as strong as it once did here and it is clear that there has been some studio `magic' help. Having said that, he is still able to scream with the best of them, and the music is good enough here that he can simply groove along.
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