Obviously, you're not drunk or high enough to appreciate it yet.
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13 yrs 11million dollars, the collapse of Geffen records, 4 guitar players, 3 drummers and numerous studio musicians. It all breaks down to an Axl Rose solo album. GNR's demise occured 15yrs ago.
That being said the tracks are not bad at all. However, the tracks do show their age and sound like the 3rd cd of the Illusion albums.
The only reason its called Guns n Roses is that Axl owns the rights to the name.(Slash and co. if not so high might have fought him on this in 91).
The guy can't even tour the album because right now he doesn't even have a band in place. I have a 9 track copy that was leaked out some time ago so I don't have the liner notes. I am curious how many musicians are listed as being in the band over the last 13 yrs....
Final analysis: Too little, way too late Axl...
Almost all mystical long gestation albums are a disappointment. Prince's Black Album and the Beach Boy's Smile come to mind. With that said, I like the fact that Axl did this album his way, without the expectation of the call and response vox around Slash's guitar playing. That past sound would have come across as a Tribute Band. It is strangely wierd but it is also strangely composed in the songs that are offered up, with many mid-song mood shifts, almost like a Broadway soundtrack.
The Velvet Revolver project was great. Both albums. Too bad Slash had to pick a lead singer with a drug problem, you would have thought he learned something from his own dealings.
Weiland just released a new solo album...
Yes, it is absolutely true. Dr Pepper came out with a statement last week saying they would honor the free product to everyone in the U.s...
I'm really going to get slammed, but I liked the Velvet Revolver albums, but I loved Stone Temple Pilots. Scott Weidland is great singer, and that band absolutely rocked (thanks to the DeLeo Bros). Of course he's a drug addict, so who knows if/when STP will ever come out with anything good again. Core/Purple and 4 where all great albums.
Two years later and little or no expectations, I found this album at 1/2 Price Books for $9.99. It really should have been released as an Axl Rose solo album, this is not GNR. More like Queensryche if you ask me. It's also not at all bad, in fact quite good IMO. Also don't understand the knocks on SQ. It absolutely sores on my system.
My opinions aren't among the most popular on these forums and that's fine. That's why they're mine. For $9.99 this was a pleasant surprise. Best album ever? Of course not. It was the victim of high expectations and really was doomed before anyone even heard it. Worth a revisit for anyone who enjoyed the 90's progressive flavored metal of Queensryche and the like.
I think some songs sound like the original GnR. The Blues to me sounds like it was a B-Side from the Use Your Illusion albums. Madagascar seems also like an extension of Use Your Illusion type songs. A lot of songs really are Axl letting loose with the stuff going on in his head. Better and Sorry come to mind. I know it has been denied but I still think Sorry is Axl's message to Slash.
IMO I think Chinese Democracy should have also been an Axl Rose solo release or one of those concept albums that a lot of bands puts out to break up the sound they are known for.
Still though I do like the new line-up of hired guns Axl has. (Pun intended) Especially Richard Fortus and Bumblefoot. I do miss Buckethead. I know he is weird and his gimmick often frowned upon but man could that guy play precise and fast.
There were no official videos from ChiDem so no Axl swimming with dolphins. Of all the GnR songs the one I just could never like no matter how hard I tried was Estranged.
Anyway on ChiDem there is one song that you may consider bombastic but it is actually, I think, one of the best songs on the album. There Was a Time
Lots of stuff going on in the song. I especially like all the guitar solos.