It’s been such a long goddamn time since Guns N’ Roses were relevant that we sometimes forget… this used to be the biggest band on the planet.
Chinese Democracy is the fifth studio album by American rock band Guns N' Roses. It was released on November 23, 2008, worldwide and in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2008.The first track, “Chinese Democracy,” bore great promise. After a slow buildup, the guitar kicks in and all of a sudden… well, I’ll be damned. It’s Guns N’ Roses! It’s a fairly rockin’ tune, with good tempo changes, and some decent bursts and screeches from the guitar. Axl’s voice, however, is probably the weakest part of the song. It’s so overprocessed and has been fed and re-fed through the electronic blender that it sounds like it was generated by a computer — HAL meets Bret Michaels at its worst, Axl singing in front of an oscillating fan at it’s best. The next track doesn’t fare much better, and mixes promising riffs with disappointing production.
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