Has the moon collided with the Earth? Has the space-time continuum ruptured? Is there a DeLorean sitting in my driveway?
I just listened to “Chinese Democracy” from Guns and Roses. Actually, I listened to it all weekend. All I can say is….holy shit.
Ok, so it took 14 years and reported 13.5 million oaf Axels’s money. Was it worth the wait? Is this the lifetime masterpiece notoriously anal Axel took 15 years to write and record… and re-write and re-record? No, but it surely is a GNR album. Somewhere between Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion I & II. Gone is the very discernable six string wizardry of Slash, but the revolving door of guitarist Axel hired and fired do a fine job. In fact, it is rumored that some of the final recordings have up to five guitarists that have recorded different parts. The only constant in the entire recording is Axel and the former bassest from the Replacements.
The songs have all the GNR elements, soaring falsetto vocals, Axel apparently still has the chops despite all the rumors, haunting orchestral interludes and scorching guitar solos…thank the gods. There are even clips from Rev. MLK and a short sound clip from the movie “Cool Hand Luke”.
Bottom line, if you are a Guns and Roses fan, and you can get along without Slash, then you must get this CD> You will not be disappointed.
….if it is too loud, you are too old… Gene Simmons