Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rolling Stone reviews Chinese Democracy by Guns N Roses

David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine has the first word on the most anticipated record of the last two decades, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy and he gives the album four stars out of five. Wow! Brilliant! I can't wait to listen to it. It's only 11 more days! 11 more days! 11 more days! From Rolling Stone:
Rose still sings a lot about the power of sheer, solitary will even when he throws himself into a bigger fight, like "Chinese Democracy." In "Madagascar," which Rose has played live for several years now, he samples both Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech and dialogue from Cool Hand Luke. And at the end of the album, on the bluntly titled "Prostitute," Rose veers from an almost conversational tenor, over a ticking-bomb shuffle, to five-guitar barrage, orchestral lightning and righteous howl: "Ask yourself/Why I would choose/To prostitute myself/To live with fortune and shame." To him, the long march to Chinese Democracy was not about paranoia and control. It was about saying "I won't" when everyone else insisted, "You must." You may debate whether any rock record is worth that extreme self-indulgence. Actually, the most rock & roll thing about Chinese Democracy is he doesn't care if you do.
Previously:
Chinese Democracy hits Singapore on November 24!
Guns N' Roses officially announces Chinese Democracy, first single hits worldwide today!
Chinese Democracy out on November 23! No kidding! (My letter to Axl Rose)

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