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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.
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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There are some genuinely brilliant songs here, the title track, 'Shackler's Revenge,' 'Better,' are all riffy and hook-laden in equal measure. These three and 'I.R.S,' are future classics or hidden gems depending on how history and the band treats them, but since the recent reunion tours have been playing some tracks off this album, they just might sneak into the first category. There are other greats as well, and there is no doubt there is something for mostly anyone, whether it be the epicness of 'If The World' and 'There Was a Time,' to the bonkers mish mash of styles that is 'Scraped,' with a few pop-esgue mellow numbers in between.
Not all songs are brilliant though, the most common problem is that a lot of them overstay their welcome and one or two are just plain terrible, but overall, the songwriting is pretty solid and you'd have a hard time imagining any other band coming up with these songs let alone Axl's unmistakable howl and rasp!
The lyrics book and artwork are also one of the best and most artsy (in a good way) I can remember, featuring all the lyrics and some great shots of that incarnation of the band as well as a cool 'Chinese' motif I guess you can call it!
On a side note, big kudos to the dealer, this arrived quickly and before its scheduled date, which is a nice change!
What on earth were they thinking with "Buckethead"? Man plays nastily, and looks stupid.
But the album has some good songs. The title track rocks, and Better has some cool vocal contrast and choruses.
If the album had been called Axl Rose: Chinese Democracy, then it would be getting 4-5 stars. The trouble is, this isn't Guns n Roses, and it doesn't sound like Guns n Roses. It misses Slash's funky, groovy, rock and roll guitar playing. They were not a metal band. No song on this album can hold a candle to a single song on Appetite For Destruction. You can't change 99% of the formula and keep the original name on the sleeve.
This album deserves a re-vamp after the reunion tour. I'm sure we'll get Better, Chinese Democracy, and Sorry on a live album after the Use Your Illusion tour. I think that will show those songs in a much better light.
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