Chinese Democracy – Guns n’ Roses

More like a Chinese fire drill, I’m not impressed. Thirteen years, countless line-up changes, and this is what you have to show for it, Axl? It’s not all bad; there are several songs worth taking a listen to. However, most of the album sounds like 80’s hair music. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong here, but didn’t G’n’R despise that particular style? By the way; the 80’s were two decades ago. Most of your listening audience is past that period – even the 80’s fashion return is on its’ way out.

I’ve read this review from the A.V. Club. Perhaps Mr. Klosterman has been drinking the G’n’R Kool Aid for far too long.

If it is true that Axl tried to jam every element of G’n’R into each song he didn’t succeed, and that is such a contrived thing to do in relation to being a musician. In an effort to make this record sound different from their earlier material Rose manages to create nothing more than a montage of cheesy sound. A couple examples of successful changeovers he may want to look at are The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” and The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” albums.

Delving into details, we have some guitar solos that do not seem fit with anything in particular, and Rose’s voice is unrecognizable until the 4th or 5th song. He wails and howls, but it doesn’t have the same conviction as earlier G’n’R offerings.

Too long between records caused too much hype. I’m just glad that I didn’t pay for this album.

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