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Chinese Democracy [Explicit Lyrics]

Guns N' Roses Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
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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 (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chinese Democracy
2. Shackler's Revenge
3. Better
4. Street Of Dreams
5. If The World
6. There Was A Time
7. Catcher In The Rye
8. Scraped
9. Riad N' The Bedouins
10. Sorry
11. I.R.S.
12. Madagascar
13. This I Love
14. Prostitute

Product Description

Product Description

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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183 of 195 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic and honest review - I hope! 27 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
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.)

- 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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But I Don't Really Like Guns N' Roses! 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the critics - its brilliant! 6 Dec 2008
By Alli
Format:Audio CD
Like everyone else, I've waited a long time for the release of Chinese Democracy and on first listen, I was very disappointed. But then I remembered how I needed to listen to Appetite more than once to get into it, and I feel its the case with this album. The more I listen to it, the better it gets and the standout tracks for me are the four concurrent tracks starting from 'Better'.

Is it a masterpiece? Only time will tell, but in my opinion, its close and Chinese Democracy is the most interesting album I've bought in a long time (apart from Muse's 'Black Holes & Revelations'). I now can't stop playing it. Yes, I think we all wished Slash could be on this production, but let's not dismiss the guitarists who are - they are all superb and deserve recognition for their talents, and maybe if the old band members had been involved, the album would never have seen the light of day. Axl Rose is a genius and his voice is amazing. It takes you back to your school days, but at the same time it's new, modern and totally different from anything else out there in the bland production of today's music. Perfection for me would be for Axl to ditch the corn rows and goatie, start promoting this album, and give us a world tour worth waiting for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an album... 29 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Here's my track by track review:

1. Chinese Democracy
Great, powerful, atmospheric opener. I love the crunchy Nirvana-esque guitar riff, the grungey vocals and the whole production. 9/10

2. Shacklers Revenge
My favourite song on the album. The tempo is infectious, both the rhythm and lead guitar are out of this world, Axl's vocals are tremendous and Ron's tapping on the final chorus is just insanely good. Excellent track. 10/10

3. Better
What an opening trio, this song had hit written all over it. It's ridiculously catchy with a stellar vocal delivery from Axl and a very tasty solo from Robin. 10/10

Street Of Dreams
This reminds me of something that would be on UYI. Beautiful, mournful lyrics, great melody and lovely piano. A highlight. 9/10

If The World
Well, every album has a dud, and this is Chinese Democracy's. Sounds like a bad Bond theme. 3/10

There Was A Time
Epic track, although it does tend to drag on. I don't see the point in three guitar solos. Just let Bucket do the whole thing and cut it down by a minute. 7/10

Catcher In The Rye
This song reminds me of The Beatles, especially with the "na na na" parts. There's a real melancholly to this track which makes it stand out from the rest. Bumblefoot's guitar at the end weaves perfectly with Axl's stunning third and final verse. The whole "on an ordinary day..." part gives me goosebumps. Magic. 10/10

Like many others, I loathe the opening part, but it kicks in to a pretty fierce riff-laden rocker with motivational lyrics. The last 30 seconds really kicks off, I wish that part was longer. Cool track. 7/10

Riad N' the Bedouins
Like a nu-metal cover of Immigrant Song.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
First off dont listen to other peoples nasty reviews, if you like Guns n' Roses this is the album for you, its the most under rated album with absoloute masterpeices. Read more
Published 28 days ago by kim
5.0 out of 5 stars van music
i love this cd gnr back to the way it used to be really good to listen too on the way to or from anywhere in my van
Published 3 months ago by michael seery
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't write it off
This is the BEST Guns N' Roses album in terms of the quality of sound recordings, and the vocals. Everything on this album is perfect, and some deep, perfect, brilliant songwriting
Published 7 months ago by Neffy
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Was a big Guns N' Roses fan in the 80's and this was the only album missing from my collection. Wish I hadn't bothered as the tracks weren't up to their usual quality. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Northern Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album! Would recommend to everyone!
I love this album so much and I love all the songs on it, I haven`t been able to stop listening to it! It`s so good and with a price like that who can say no! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Slugpony
3.0 out of 5 stars relatively good
not totaly convinced by the CD, a bit to much strange noises coming from Axel on this. But these songs do sound damn good live.
Published 9 months ago by Christopher W. Dobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good gift
I bought this as a gift and the product is as described. Some good songs in there by Guns N Roses
Published 10 months ago by SimplyCreative
1.0 out of 5 stars Did OI really buy this?
I have no recollection of purchasing the item - please give me details e.g. copy of invoice etc.
Cheers for now.
Published 13 months ago by herbert Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I don't know why I listened to all the bad press about this album when it first came out. My dad told me it was rubbish . He couldn't be anymore wrong . Absolutely Brilliant. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ms. Victoria Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars okay, so i dont 'hate' it..
As many reviews have already said this is not guns n roses as people know... so if you have your heart set on guns n roses 2 this is not the album for you... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tomz
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