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Chinese Democracy [VINYL] Box set
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17 years in the making and beholden of a level of hyperbole verging on mythology--one that couldn't even be derailed by Axl Rose staffing his ever-changing troupe with people named Buckethead, Bumblefoot and Brain--Chinese Democracy would disappoint even if it arrived in a puff of smoke and nullified the impact of The Dark Side of the Moon, Revolver and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (not to mention Appetite for Destruction). And it doesn't do that, obviously. In fact, straight off the block it's in danger of rear-ending the Guns N' Roses legend, with the title track offering little beyond big production and "Shackler's Revenge" and "Better" emulating Linkin Park's industrial block building with a guttural vocal that threatens to turn the whole thing into a parody. But a desire to progress the G N' R template finds its feet as "If The World" unfolds into an improbable eastern drum 'n' bass orchestral trip-hop odyssey with some coarse riffing and the attitude of old is run through Pro-Tools and made 21st Century-proof on "Scraped" and "Raid N' the Bedouins". But if this album is to be remembered for anything in particular it will be the sky-reaching ambition of the balladry; "Sorry" with its "Nothing Else Matters" vibe and interlaced vocal choreography is cathartic and proud, "This I Love" sees Axl's larynx stretched and twisted, literally wringing the emotion from within, and "Catcher in the Rye" is one real moment of universal appeal. Chinese Democracy tries to be a lot of things but really works where Axl is left to be Axl and "November Rain" is left sounding like "Kumbaya". --James Berry
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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.Read more ›
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....
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.
Fast forward a century, I'm 33, I cut all my hair off and got a "proper job" I have a kid and a mortgage. I became a DJ, got into Techno and dance music and pretty much forgot about Guns N Roses.
A lot has changed since I was in that bike shed and to expect the new album to sound anything like the old one would be folly, even if the original line up was in place. People change, tastes change and so forth.
So I thought I would check this out "for a laugh" to see if it was a bad as everyone expected.
To my absolute shock and suprise, this is a rather good record. Yes, it's dense, there are some awkward rhythm changes and melody shifts, but nothing out of the ordinary by todays cut and paste production standards.
The thing that got me is that despite the albums heavy production and the use of loops, bitcrushers on backing vocals and some realtively quaint stereo panning effects, every song has at least one section with a decent melody in it.
Take Shacklers Revenge, it starts off like Ministry, but the chorus is pure 80s era Bon Jovi. I can't stand Bon jovi myself, but the odd marriage of production and melody left me chuckling to myself and reaching for the rewind button.
The best song on the album by far in my opinion is Better, I'm not sure if it's intentional but on each replay it gets, well....better and better.Read more ›
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Not a big fan of Guns N' Roses the first time 'round so gave this to husband who thought it was alright .. bought it outta curiosity really and it's just that - OK.Published 27 days ago by i-find-things
I don't know why this album didn't make a profit for the band. It's a good CD and the songs are excellent. It's lovely to see a softer side of Axl.Published 2 months ago by Sian Dyas
Superb songwriting if you can get past the fact that they been processed through a thousand machines and castrated. The album lacks the rawness, impact and scope the songs deserve. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pompompom
Sounds horrible worst guns n roses albums sound like a crappy wresting game soundtrackPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Even though not with the original lineup , this one has many gems that worth a listenPublished 4 months ago by Chris Kartalidis
impressively cheap price, great quality item as described, totally recommended.Published 4 months ago by killersuzuki