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Chinese Democracy

Guns N' RosesAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 3, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B0037BBKIK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Shackler's Revenge
3. Better
4. Street of Dreams
5. If the World
6. There Was a Time
7. Catcher in the Rye
8. Scraped
9. Riad N' the Bedouins
10. Sorry
11. I.R.S.
12. Madagascar
13. This I Love
14. Prostitute

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143 of 166 people found the following review helpful
You can argue that Chinese Democracy isn't as good as Appetite For Destruction. But if you compare it to contemporary mainstream hard rock, it blows away the competition. Maybe it wasn't a bad idea to wait until 2008 to release it. At this point, there's not even that much competition: hair metal is long gone, grunge has either gone under or degenerated beyond the point of no return. When was the last time you heard a mainstream rock band that could play guitar well enough to write a solo that actually sounded enjoyable?

The best thing about the music is how powerful it sounds -- not really "heavy," but full and invigorating. Axl's kitchen-sink approach actually benefits from the extremely loud mixing style of the 2000s. Every song, even among the less interesting ones, has at least one part that sounds satisfying. Rose's voice is in excellent shape. In the best moments, you can't even figure out the words, but it's a rush to hear the dude demonstrate his lung capacity. And even though Axl's vocal style isn't big on nuance and subtlety, he does a lot of different things within that style -- inhuman falsettos throughout the album ("If The World" and "IRS," for example), low growling on "Shackler's Revenge," a hoarse, swaggering drawl on the title track, and occasionally all of the above ("Better"). Many of the memorable moments are derived from Axl's vocal parts.

As you might expect from an album that took 17 years to record, the music contains a lot of detail.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Wait April 15, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I wrote this review back in 2008 but wanted to append to it.

I have often wondered what it would be like to review Guns N' Roses mythical album Chinese Democracy (2008), an album that has existed purely in imagination and in demo-form in file-sharing websites for most of the 00s. Honestly, while the album has been out for nearly two months as of this writing, it's still kind of amazing that it's here...Chinese Democracy is honestly here...

The question to obviously ask is does the album live up to the hype? The answer of course is obviously going to be no; I mean, how could it? How could the actual music live up to the legend behind the album, the story of the mad genius, the recluse who has devoted a decade of his life to create his magnum opus and spent millions of dollars in the process, etc. How could the actual fruit of that labor live up to the legend? In order for Chinese Democracy to possibly live up to the hype surrounding it, it would have to be Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Dark Side of the Moon, Sgt. Pepper, Appetite for Destruction, Queen II and Led Zeppelin IV combined...and it isn't...

That said Chinese Democracy is still a great album.

Some have said Chinese Democracy is more of an Axl Rose solo album than a GN'R album, but I would strongly disagree with that assessment. Guns N' Roses is not, nor have they ever been a band like the Smashing Pumpkins, where it's just been about one guy. The greatness of GN'R, like the greatness in any legendary band, lies in the chemistry of its members, the stew of the combined forces. Without Slash's metallic blues playing, Izzy Stradlin's Stonesy feel or Duff McKagan's injection of punk and melodic bass lines, how could GN'R survive?
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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Movie Soundtrack Inside Axl's Head June 1, 2010
Format:Audio CD
There's a reason why some people can't quite get their minds around Guns N' Roses' latest offering: Axl Rose didn't make a traditional rock n' roll album, he made a movie soundtrack. And the movie is the version of Axl's life that's playing inside his head.

Like other folks, I didn't know what to make of Chinese Democracy the first couple listens. My initial response was, "Take a familiar GNR album, Appetite for Destruction for example, dial down the guitars, drop in layers of pianos, strings, choirs and all manner of excess, splice in a kitchen sink's worth of odd background voice and sound bits, then compress the mix until it's almost unrecognizable as a GNR product." No wonder many folks' reaction upon release was, "What a disappointment." Upon the third or fourth listening, however, it dawned on me: movie soundtrack.

Approach the album in that context, listen to it a few more times, and after a while you'll conclude, "Wow, this is a pretty good album. In fact, this is a pretty good Guns N' Roses album." Listen to it eight or ten times and you might even conclude, "Wow, Axl's lyrics are much better than people gave him credit for. There's some brilliant songwriting here." That's because in the context of a movie soundtrack, songs that initially don't make sense become standouts, both musically and lyrically: "Chinese Democracy" opens the film with explosive action, a sonic and verbal kick in the teeth: "...all I got is precious time". After "Shackler's Revenge" we settle down for some serious drama: "Better" is a powerful examination of an individual's inner heartbreak, pain, and eventual self realization, Axl singing, "No one ever told me when I was alone. They just thought I'd know better, better.
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Published 4 days ago by Thomas E Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Jeffrey Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great rock
Published 7 days ago by mikiej
5.0 out of 5 stars Axl I love it.... You won me over
It took me a while because I was expecting what it said on the tin 'GUNS AND ROSES' . It's not that at all, it's mr rose and his numerous musicians... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kezza 007
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent cd. Quickly becoming one of my favorites
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars nice album
this is not my favourite album by Guns n Roses but as Gunner I must have it in my collection, anyways, I listened to it and sounds quite well.
Published 3 months ago by Nelson José Olarte Prieto
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal!
I was skeptical about this CD because Axl Rose is the only remaining GNR member on this album. But it received positive reviews so I decided to give it a chance. WOW!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by cleocatra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs
I have been a fan of GN’R from the beginning. I think this is awesome, there are some really great songs.
Published 3 months ago by D. White
1.0 out of 5 stars Totalitarian Horrible
This is rough to admit, but this album is the absolute worst GnR album of all time. What a disappointment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zalmorion the Fantastic
4.0 out of 5 stars It's actually very good
This CD took a lot of heat when it came out for no reason other than Axl taking such a long time to finish the thing. It's not AFD nor could it be without Slash or Izzy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by michael d.
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