Chinese Democracy

Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2008 Ratings: #627 / 735
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2008 Ratings: #151
November 23, 2008 / Release Date
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58
Pitchfork

To paraphrase another of rock's foremost procrastinators, Axl Rose just wasn't made for these times. Sure, armchair psychology and Axl Rose is a tired combination but it stands to reason that the only remaining original Guns N' Roses member expected Chinese Democracy to garner a 1990s-style brand-name reception: MTV would block off hours at a time to premiere its videos, fans desperate for real rock would line up at Sam Goodys nationwide for the midnight record release, and school would be forsaken to blast it on speakers the size of Greg Oden. Instead, "Shackler's Revenge" debuted on a video game, as if Gn'R were just some chump band on the come-up (or Aerosmith), and the album's world premiere found it meekly whispering through tinny computer speakers from a very un-rock MySpace page.

TommyCook
80
UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME

This latest GNR Record....

It’s pretty good.

Should this be a GNR album? No. This is essentially the Axl Rose band, but it still kicks ass. Axl is at his peak of his songwriting here imo, with tracks like This I Love and Sorry being some of his best work to date. As seems to be the tradition with GNR, the tracklist is bloated. A ten track album here would’ve done much better. But the solid performances from the band, mainly Buckethead, thread it together ... read more
JackSkull
NR
buckethead is the only good thing about this album
79
Not the best of guns n roses, but this album is pretty underrated
ThrowBackG
10
+10 for Buckethead and only 10 because Buckethead has ten letters in the name.
twwalter
70
It may be Axl and friends, but it is a fantastic facelift of GNR for the 21st century. If it is not meant to be taken seriously, it is an album to occasionally enjoy.
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Track List

  1. Chinese Democracy
  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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