|11-24-2008, 01:27 AM||#1|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Northeastern, Pennsylvania
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So, I broke down and decided to take a listen to this much "bull-shat about around the water cooler" GUNS N ROSES album CHINESE DEMOCRACY.
First of all. I hate the title of the album. I have to get out of the way.
It's one of those like ironic, oxymoronic album titles that's supposed to turn heads- and have people thinking about it, before they even put the CD in. Like Axl Rose is sending out his own little suedo tongue-in cheek message because he's "smarter" than all of us. Smarter he is not, because GNR had a good thing going back in the day that could have had a lot more longevity behind it, if Axl didn't break up the band and lock himself away in his castle like Charles Foster Kane. Richer is definitely is. Creative still, yes and no.
14 years after THE SPAGHETTI INCIDENT?, this album, with a new roster of musicians behind the instruments, is filled with lazy compositions, and vague lyrics that allegedly Axl counts as his masterpiece that he'd been working on for over a fucking decade.
The tunes here even fail to even capture the moxy, popularity and cool-ness of even GNR's worst songs from their heyday. For an album that took dozens of musicians and producers and an estimated $11 million to complete really amounts too a gigantic failure in two ways:
1- Lesser known bands are churning out awesome music for nearly nothing, out of their garage studios, producing them in house for pennies, and making really catchy stuff that blows the CHINESE DEMOCRACY out of the water.
2- The album completely contributed to the downfall of Geffen Records, the layoff of hundreds of workers, and the high-profile exits of numerous band members, producers and music execs because it was so fucking expensive and Axl had to keep throwing money in the fireplace, and throwing all kinds of hissy-fits, thus demolishing the fucking label altogether.
If this album had turned out to be brilliant in anyway, #2 above may have been forgiven, because history has a way of making things all better. People would have fogotten Axl single handed ruined a recording label, and if an awesome album would have been had by all, essentially it'd been Axl's pennance. That is, if it were not their worst album they've ever made.
To me listening to ALL the forgettable tunes on the myspace player embedded in to the GNR page symbolically felt like Axl had taken an $11 mill. dump for 13 years.
Instead of making something that would change the landscape of music (as this album had been heralded to do for so long) now GNR essentially made something to merely like your old GNR albums more, and populate discount bins in the future.
A lot of the long range artistic visions that the band had been working back in 1991 (al la USE YOUR ILLUSION 1&2) are present here, but with bands now like SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and NIN, those GNR visions of pushing the envelope seem dated and are, again, being done cheaper, by what are now better and more stable, creatively edgy bands.
With this new incarnation of GNR we get nary a taste of anything new, and as a functional piece of GNR canon it makes us just want the old GNR back, and remember them for being great.
1 stars outta 5, only because Axl still has some pipes on him and car really rip a tune when he wants to. But too bad he's singing such shit, his vocal talents are wasted.
Axl should have stayed holed up in his little castle, writing poems, and playing video games. Instead of making the GNR comeback album absolutely hurtful to fans.
|11-24-2008, 02:13 AM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2007
I have no desire to listen to this album. How would you compare it to Metallica's Death Magnetic?
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|11-24-2008, 02:16 AM||#3|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: on the Ghost Plains.
i stayed positive while others were bashing this record. i mean, come on....you cannot bash something you had not even heard yet.
well, maybe they were on to something....or perchance they were psychic.
saturday morning, the day before the release, i listened to it on the GNR myspace.
it took me about 30 seconds of each song to realize that i was about to save $12.
i didnt even bother with the free Dr. Pepper.
|11-24-2008, 02:48 AM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2008
I got my free Dr. Pepper... I needed something to keep me from hurling. Why do all the bands I love put out pure trash now?
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