Is Guns N’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” Worth The Wait?

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I can’t help but wonder if anyone waiting for Guns N’ Roses to make a “come back” thinks it was worth it. I was driving home from work earlier this week when I heard “Paradise City” played on the radio.  Isn’t that a great song?  I was reminded the upcoming album, Chinese Democracy, is now officially scheduled for “release” on November 23.

After 15+ years of waiting for a new album, it better be the best damn album on the planet.  Seriously! My problem with getting excited about the new album is the fact that the main song writing contributors of the good ole days are no longer with the band.  Plus, it’s hard for me to imagine a GN’R without Slash. It just doesn’t seem justified to call the band Gun N’ Roses.

If this was the same band that produced hits like “”Welcome to the Jungle,” “Don’t Cry,” “Sweet Child ‘O Mine,” and whole host of others, then I might be a little more excited.  However, let’s face it.  The Guns N’ Roses of today isn’t the same band from the late 80’s or early 90’s, which really makes me wonder what the new album will sound like.

After listening to the new track yesterday, thus far I am not impressed.  Perhaps I am holding on to the old band, but only because THAT is the band I love. And not its new manifestation.  The band I remember wrote great songs, not the mediocre crap I heard on the radio.

I also vaguely recall hearing a track released on the radio during Spring 2007 and I was tremendously disappointed. It was very short lived.  It came and went very quickly during one of those “the new album is coming” phases from Axl.  Apologies, I can’t recall the name of the track.  Either way, it shouldn’t matter ’cause it sucked.  It was released in the Chicago area.  Perhaps others remember? Anyhow…

Bottom line. I want to believe that Axl has the writing chops to deliver a great album, but thus far it’s hard to keep my hopes up.  I hate to devise any conclusions before I listen to the whole thing, but I just think the new album is going to be an über disappointment.

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2 comments on “Is Guns N’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” Worth The Wait?
  1. Yeah, I don’t think it’s going to be that great, but I’ll listen to it nonetheless. I’m reading a new book about GNR, and it seems pretty clear that all the guys working together were what made it so great. I guess they had about 40 songs when they recorded “Appetite,” a bunch of which ended up on Lies and Use Your Illusion (so it makes sense that it was a double album). I’m glad he’s finally releasing it, but I’m holding out hope that he’ll finally bite the bullet and try to get the original group back together.

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