Sorry for posting two albums of the week so close, but as you can see, we’re running out of time, 2011 is coming to an end and I was late. I’m trying to do things in the best way. but sometimes it’s just impossible 🙂
At this time there’s no need to repeat Guns n’ Roses are, or were, the last BIG BAND on Earth, correct? I might be too repetitive when dealing with my favorite band, thus I’ll just leave it here, as a reminder.
Truth is GN’R is a never ending source of entertainment and gossip too, based on rumors, arguments, projects, events… you name it! And once again, at the end of 2011, 20 years after the release of Use Your Illusions, they are still HOT!
This time the possibility of being included in The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, due to the 25th anniversary of their master work, Appetite for Destruction, in 2012, is bringing out excitement and hysteria among their fans. Bets have started again, and everybody is getting crazy when thinking of a reunion. Will they join once and for all and tour for the last time together? Will Axl and Slash put an end to their differences or they will was their dirty laundry publicly? Who would be the official drummer, Junkie Adler or Machine Sorum? What will be the role of Stradlin? And Duff’s?
And more important, or at least a funnier past time, what would you do in case tour dates were announced? I’d do ANYTHING, believe me.
Being such kind of thoughts and news so present in my mind, all of a sudden I saw myself listening to Chinese Democracy nonstop last week.
I know, I know, it’s not to be considered a proper GN’R album, not featuring Axl’s former bandmates, away from the typical hard rock sound and style the most dangerous band in the world used to spit to the world.
Why didn’t I choose The Illusions or AFD itself? Ah, great question I can only you answer with possible theories.
I waited for Chinese Democracy patiently for many many years, and despite all the shit Mighty Axl did, I was loyal and hopeful, the album would eventually see the light… and it did. I’m still waiting for GN’R original lineup to come back in the same manner, I’ve defended and supported this reunion and many people have laughed at me. I even played bets which unfortunately, due to current situation, won’t be repaid in case something happens (or does not happen) in 2012. And I, and my friend Jaume, agreed 2012 would be THE year.
Thus, probably remembering such an agitated past state, and reconfirming that, I still love this album, regardless, I played Chinese Democracy nonstop last week.
Funniest thing is that I met a friend living the same situation, an Axlist, insanely obsessed about the band and its crazy leader, who couldn’t get GN’R out of his head, and was listening to this experiment very often lately.
You see? Talking about Guns n’ Roses is a great subject of conversation, and an inspiration for writing. If only Axl, Duff and Izzy knew…
Chinese Democracy is absolutely insane in term of production. Layers and layers of details are put together trying to fulfill Axl’s obsessive search of perfection. Try to play the album at 11 on your stereo, and you won’t be able to find any distortion nor lack of quality. It’s unbelievable.
Some of the songs have been into process for 15 years, and during that time, they’ve been evolving and constantly changing, as if they were growing creatures. Even musicians have been changing and what initially was recorded by Buckethead, ended up been played by Bumblefoot. As you can imagine, freshness is a concept not applicable here.
You might like it or not, this is a yes/no album, which didn’t leave anyone who listened to it indifferent. You love it or hate it. Period. I will support it till the end of my days, but I’m not objective at all. Axl could sing carols, and I’d still love him, thus my opinion is not very reliable, I’m honest.
What I will never get to understand is, being an album counting with some hit, such as TWAT, Prostitute, Better or IRS, why this bastard never released any supporting video. What kind of promo is that? You don’t believe in your product? Are you angry with the system? What the hell goes inside your head, Axl? Aaaaaah, you’re one in a million!