Guns 'n' Roses CD reviewed by Steve Miller

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Guns 'n' Roses CD reviewed by Steve Miller
Jan 16, 2009, 05:18

Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy

GUNS 'N' ROSES Chinese Democracy CD

Axl. String it out for 13 years, and then hit us with this disaster. Wasn't Guns 'n' Roses a band, in its heyday, that was as enjoyable to hear about as to hear? The tales of 4-days awake on a coke binge, the mother-daughter groupie tag teams, the beautiful excess that the band represented. I always liked the one going around that Geffen determined the placement and content of Axl's tattoos. Nice, even if you don't believe it.

Had to laugh when reading the Rolling Stone review, all blundering with Establishment faux-bravado. To that over-the-hill magazine's reviewer, Democracy is a “great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.”

Chuck Klosterman, in a 1,675-word proclamation worthy only of the most ego-driven of bloviators, said reviewing Democracy is like “reviewing a unicorn”(?).

The music, he found “…Doesn't sound dated or faux-industrial, and the guitar shredding that made the final version (which I'm assuming is still predominantly Buckethead) is alien and perverse.”

Both of these pompous poseurs are outdone in quick fashion with a smart, simple review from a poster at “I guess Chinese Democracy resembles a classic rock album with contemporary production.”

End of story. It's fun to listen to if you don't mind thinking 90s, when the entire music industry was blowing up, ill from its love affair with bad fashion (bandanas and perfectly applied mascara) and governed by old school execs who knew nothing about what was going on anywhere outside their office. But Chinese Democracy has nothing to do with today or tomorrow. And Guns 'n' Roses covered its bases damn well with its initial blast of material. We've all moved on. Perhaps now Axl can spend the rest of his days in some Howard Huges-esque sequester without bothering us again. [Geffen]



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