i have waited with this review because i wanted the chance to give an honest review and not jump on a bandwagon.
first off i want to say that i am a gnr fan and in my opinion it's what the music sounds like rather than who plays it. i have enjoyed all the guns albums and i still think now after twenty years and countless albums that appetite is the best debut album by a band.
the only song i didn't like on illusion 1 and 2 was get in the ring, mainly because i thought it was a pointless tirade at the critics.
i loved gnr lies even though it was more of an ep than album and the spagetti incident had some good covers on it.
but back to chinese democracy.
i know there are a lot of people out there who say they love this album, and of course that is their rightful opinion as is the ones of the people who are slating it.
all in all i think the album is ok and there are one or two stand out tracks (better and street of dreams) although i do not like the title track. the more i've listened to this the more it has grown on me, but even so i can't give this more than two stars because even though i don't want to compare it to earlier gnr or be sucked into the hype, there is clearly something lacking from an album that has been 14 yrs in the making.
in this time bands have come and gone and reformed and recorded better music.
like i said, please don't get me wrong because if this had been a quick follow up to spagetti then yes it would have a perfect place in a discography that would probably have better music following it.
its just that i would expect better from ANY band who had a year to write and record any individual song.
rumour is that two more gnr albums are due out over the next three years, probably with unrecorded material from this album.
i honestly hope this isn't the best of the lot because it would be very disapointing otherwise.
now whether to buy this. the answer is that you could do a lot worse. at least this doesn't have death or magnetic in the title.
gnr fans then yes because you are fans.
non gnr fans then yes because the album is ok in its own right.
just was not up to my expectations. SORRY GUYS