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Chinese Democracy

December 3, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

I mentioned in my last post that I had a whole thing about Chinese Democracy. Well, this here be the short-version.


I like the album, but after 15-years I’m expecting something along the lines of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club or Pet Sounds, but it’s not even Appetite for Destruction II. If anything, Chinese Democracy is a testament to the power of Pro Tools. My feelings about the album can be summed up by The New York Times’s review of the album, and this interview with Mick Wall– of “Get in the Ring” fame – who covered GNR for three years during the late 80s and early 90s. There’s also this 2005 NYT article about Axl and his efforts to release Chinese Democracy that contains my favorite anecdote about the album: “… then Buckethead announced he would be more comfortable working inside a chicken coop, so one was built for him in the studio, from wood planks and chicken wire. ” The absurdity of that tale, I think, sums up Chinese Democracy.


The bottom line is that Chinese Democracy was released only because Axl is running out of money, and that it has been essentially completed since 2001.


And lastly, The Houston Press created a slide show of 13 Things That Took Less Time Than Chinese Democracy. One of the items on the list? The entire run of Seinfeld.

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