Chinese Democracy

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  • Summary: The long-gestating Guns N' Roses album finally sees the light of day.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Here are the simple things about Chinese Democracy: Three of the songs are astonishing. Four or five others are very good. The vocals are brilliantly recorded, and the guitar playing is (generally) more interesting than the guitar playing on the "Use Your Illusion" albums.
  2. Chinese Democracy is comfortably the most consistent record the band have put out since "Appetite For Destruction," and proof the ginger midget can put out genuinely great rock music without the blonde giant and the black guy.
  3. It's a good album, no less and no more.
  4. Mojo
    60
    Chinese Democracy reveals itself to be an ambitious, brave and expansive offering. [Feb 2009, p.108]
  5. It is ridiculous. It is overblown, it's pompous, it's aggressive and it's absurdly ambitious. But, here's the rub: it's actually pretty damn good. It rocks, often pretty hard.
  6. Too bad the epitaph’s already scrawled in Chinese Democracy’s anachronistic margins: a bottomless pit dug by disposable income, a persecution complex and egomania.
  7. Under The Radar
    20
    Chinese Democracy is a multi-million dollar dud, an example of faded brilliance and wasted time. [Winter 2009]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 138
  1. SergioJ
    Nov 26, 2008
    10
    I have to make justice to this album. I accept that its not perfect, but the critics that have given this below 8 seem to focus more in the I have to make justice to this album. I accept that its not perfect, but the critics that have given this below 8 seem to focus more in the fact of how much expectation was built than actually clearing out all the preconceptions and just listening to it. You would be lying if you like rock and you were not hooked up to at least 5 of the songs in this album. I looked at the reviews that got higher score like the campesinos and this is by far more original and entretaining. This is a very honest atempt at doing something completly new, wether it works or not nobody can decide but the listener, but its to be acknowledge that Axl didn't sit on his past fame and glory and just redo another appettite to sell out. Expand
  2. W.AxlR.
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    A flawless album. Will be in my top 5 for ever.
  3. Jul 29, 2012
    10
    I think this recording shines in utter atmospheric beauty. Apart from the ever present hate from mr rose he's a genius. He has really become aI think this recording shines in utter atmospheric beauty. Apart from the ever present hate from mr rose he's a genius. He has really become a crime by not making music for all these years. This one's so craved for that it's doomed to fail but then i realise it's pearl of passion! Best album of 21 century to date. Expand
  4. DaveyH
    Nov 25, 2008
    9
    This album is not bad. Its actually worth listening to. If you have only heard Appetite for Destruction you will be disappointed if you think This album is not bad. Its actually worth listening to. If you have only heard Appetite for Destruction you will be disappointed if you think it will be just as good. Its not as good but compared to most music out there today it is great! The first time I listened to it I was to it I was quite disappointed but I couldn't get some of the songs out of my head. Many of the songs take a couple plays through before you will start to appreciate the intricacy of the music. The way the different parts fit together for many of the songs is great. Keep Listening and you will find you will love this album. I like it better then the Use Your Illusion albums. Keep Listening! Expand
  5. BillR.
    Jan 30, 2009
    8
    Good Album. It took a little while to grow on me so listen to it a few times.
  6. TUF
    Nov 25, 2008
    8
    Forgetting the history, the time taken and the $$ spent, let's judge this as a stand alone album. That being the case Kudos to Axl for Forgetting the history, the time taken and the $$ spent, let's judge this as a stand alone album. That being the case Kudos to Axl for daring to be different, in these days where a band thinks they're stretching themselves if they add some reverb to an overdriven guitar! Here we have an album that stretches the imagination of what G&R could sound like. Hell, it's longwinded, over produced and overthought but you can't help but get caught up in the majesty of the effort, the hooks that are everywhere on this album and hey, lets not forget Axl's voice, a soaring, screeching lullaby of sounds that emotes all the hurt & pain a man could feel. A classic aural pleasure that will stand the test of time... welcome back to the jungle, you've been missed. Expand
  7. Nov 9, 2013
    0
    One of the worst perfomances in rock'n'roll scene since the Guns n Roses appeared the first time. Guitars sound like the last breath of aOne of the worst perfomances in rock'n'roll scene since the Guns n Roses appeared the first time. Guitars sound like the last breath of a broken radio many layers mixed together end as bad as would be expected. Axl Rose use to be the worst part of band. Buy something better. If you want to hear some great rock legends, buy AC/DC or Nirvana. Chinese Democracy is a pale ghost of repetitiveness made by people without new ideas. It's better to burn out than to fade away. Expand

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