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In truth, not a Guns N’ Roses album, but an Axl Rose and Friends production, as not another single member from the band’s original line-up is present here. In their place is a virtual militia of guitar players — often four to five at a time — and an extended crew of keyboardists, including Use Your Illusion-era Dizzy Reed. With all this firepower, Rose uses his surly, knowing howl to ID these hard rock tunes with his fervent, often imagined, sense of injustice and works his way into quite a tizzy. He’s raging against something that’s holding the world back in the title track and he’s stalking the stage with the gothic thrust of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson on “Better” and adopting the Robert Plant banshee scream throughout “Riad N’ the Bedouins.” While Rose spends much of his vocal range in a high anguished falsetto, his backing group use everything from prog-rock Mellotron and strings for “There Was a Time” to piano and orchestra for the Freddie Mercury-inspired power-ballad “Street of Dreams.” Rose doesn’t believe in small moves. An album that has taken 15 years to appear and has used 14 studios to create it could only be this grandiose: Larger than life in every conceivable way.

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Chinese Democracy

Chinese Democracy (6/10) 1. Chinese Democracy (7/10) This song just isn't great. No great guitar, nothing special. 2. Shacker's Revenge (8/10) Good chorus. The rest, I have no idea. 3. Better (9/10) The best song on the album. 4. Street of Dreams (6/10) What is this, "November Rain?" 5. If the World (6/10) Sounds like pop. Not Guns N' Roses. 6. There Was a Time (8/10) This was probably the second best song on the album. 7. Catcher In the Rye (7/10) Not a must buy. 8. Scraper (6/10) Axel Rose sings high pitched through most of this song. 9. Raid N' the Bedouins (7/10) Okay. I liked the chorus. 10. Sorry (8/10) I enjoyed this song. It's a slower song, but good. 11. I.R.S. (6/10) All these songs sound the same. 12. Madagascar (8/10) I enjoyed this song. Check out the chorus. 13. This I Love (6/10) Once again, a slower song. 14. Prostitute (6/10) Weak way to end the album, of course, though, the whole album was pretty weak. Overall, Guns N' Roses will need to redeem themselves pretty well on their next album, because this one was pothetic. Out of the other to rock classics that released albums this year, (Metallica, "Death Magnetic," and AC/DC, "Black Ice.") this was definitely the worst. Especially considering that I hate AC/DC. To summarize in a sentence, don't waste your money buying this. You will be glad you didn't.

Pretty good... all things considered.

I've been listening to this for a few days now on MySpace. No matter what anyone says people are going to diss this album because of all the time it took to get it here. If Axl made a "typical" GnR record he would have been critisized for pandeering to people's expectaions; if he did what he wanted he's a "self-indulgent" megalomaniac. Either way the guy is going get **it. I have to say... there are some great songs on here. Of course the dirty swagger is gone in favor of modern day production (get over it it's 2008, not 1987). Every production technique known to man is probably on this record... It has a classic rock feel albeit by way of the 21st Century (if that makes much sense). My favorite tracks are: "Chinese Democracy", "I.R.S.", "Better", "Prostitute", and "Sorry". The latter being one of the most epic and amazing songs I think Mr. Rose has ever written. The last 45 seconds alone are enough reason to buy this album. And that's saying a lot since I'm not a big fan of "ballad" type songs (I never really liked November Rain that much). This could probably "rock" a little more, but Axl and his new cohorts make up for that with stirring epic almost cinematic pieces of music. Of course we all miss Slash, but the guitar playing on this is really good, with lot's of great solos. Axl's Elton John influences are definetely on display and depending on your personal taste that's either a good or bad thing. It's far from perfect, but I didn't expect it to be. The songs I don't care for much here make me appreciate the one's I've grown to love even more. Take a listen for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

We've waited 10 years for this!!!

This is extremeley pathetic and after the first 3 songs I couldn't stand it. If you want guns n' roses get appetite or GN'R lies or anything but this, because this crap sounds like what every other mainstream rock band like 3 doors down puts out. I read another review that said without slash it's not Guns n' Roses, but I disagree. Without Slash, Duff Mcagan , Steve Adler (or Matt Sorum), and most of all Izzy Stradlin ( he wrote most of the songs, or at least had the basis) It' s not Guns N' Roses. Then it's just Axl throwing out crap to try and make money. P.S.- I doubt anyone will ever read this review but if You are reading this, good job getting through all the other reviews.


Formed: 1985 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N' Roses brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly, misogynistic, and violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," showed. While Slash and Izzy Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or the Stones, Axl Rose screeched out his tales of...
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