February 24, 2006

Leaks N' Roses

I've managed to get my ears on three leaked tracks from the new and long awaited Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy rumored to be set for release, well, soon. My first impressions:

I.R.S. There's almost nothing about this song that's good. It's lame. Really, really lame. It's not terribly adventurous, consisting of a whopping three chords and, while some people make three chords sound great, Axl ain't one of 'em. There's a bit of a techno feel to it that probably sounded cutting edge ten or twelve years ago but sounds dated and silly now. There's a technically proficient yet boring guitar solo the only benefit of which is the relief it provides from insipid lyrics.

The Blues. Oh so very 1991. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a left-over from the Use Your Illusion albums. The Blues stradles the line between upbeat, inoffensive rocker and power ballad. It's not particularly bad, nor is it particularly good. It just, well, is.

There Was A Time. Clocking in at almost 7 minutes, I was prepared for prolonged agony. I had reason to worry early on, as Axl tried a little techno beat thing that, again, sounds very dated. The song itself, though, is pretty decent. The guitar work is solid and, while not nearly as stong, is reminiscent of the good old days. The structure is less repetitive than the other two offerings and kept my interest. It's not revolutionary but it sure doesn't suck as bad as the others.

Posted by Chris at February 24, 2006 2:10 PM

Do you think he will actually release the album this time? I'm nit holding my breath.

Can you send me the third track?

Posted by: Sarah at February 24, 2006 2:23 PM

I am so bad...I thought Chinese Democracy came out already...LOL...bad Amy...bad rock fan!

Posted by: Amy at February 24, 2006 2:45 PM

You know I wish axle would drop off the face of the earth. Sorry.. and to the commenter who asked "Do you think he will actually release the album this time?" we can only pray he doesn't.

Posted by: Angelia at February 24, 2006 2:50 PM

I don't think Axl is ever going to come back to wherever it is that he's gone. It's a shame, really. I hate to bag on Axl/GNR/Velvet Revolver because I know you are a fan and I do appreciate honest review. You just saved us the money that Jeff probably would have spent on this album.

Posted by: TB at February 24, 2006 3:02 PM

I was never a fan in their heyday. I doubt that I'd like this - although, if it doesn't sound like them, maybe I would! :)

Posted by: Empress at February 24, 2006 3:15 PM

i get really irritated when i hear how much they spent making that album. last i heard, it was around 15 million. oy vey! i wonder how many people would actually buy it if it's released.

Posted by: Denise at February 24, 2006 3:43 PM

Hey there mister man...thanks for the intel. Not like I was running out to get it anyway, but now I know that if I ever get the inkling to stop myself. You're a good man going through all of that for us ;)

Oh and hey....Happy Friday!

Posted by: Kate at February 24, 2006 4:06 PM

J and I were actually talking about this the other day. He said that he needs to stop getting his hopes up because it will probably never be released.

I think it's too bad because I really like GNR but was too young when they came out to know about them. I was excited when Axl announced his concert tour because I'd finally get to see him in person, but he cancelled.

Posted by: Kitty at February 24, 2006 4:26 PM

I remember when I used to look forward to this album. Something about losing all the talent in the band, hiring Buckethead, and waiting until virtually every other genre had a resurgence before getting around to it has somewhat diminished my expectations.

Thanks for taking one for the team. As the kings food-taster, you have convinced me to respectfully decline listening to these tracks...

Posted by: CroutonBoy at February 24, 2006 5:07 PM

Dude, I'll believe that the album exists when it actually drops in the stores. Quit stringing us along, Axl!

BTW, now that he's lost all of the Guns that made up GnR and he quit the drugs, he just sucks. And he'll NEVER do anything that will come anywhere near paralleling one of the best albums of all-time: Appetite for Destruction. He should have just quit the music thing back when he first quit the music thing.

Now I've gotta go hunt those songs down...

Posted by: ironic1 at February 24, 2006 5:22 PM

And, what's with the marathon songs, Axl??!?? Have you not tuned into society lately? We're way too damn busy to stick around to listen to a 7-minute song (that may or may not suck)!

(Gee, ya think this hits a sore spot with me??)

Posted by: ironic1 at February 24, 2006 5:25 PM

Well, at least they made some good stuff in the good ole days.

Posted by: Heather at February 24, 2006 6:40 PM

I wish you had a Last.FM account!

... do you?

Posted by: Kestrel at February 24, 2006 7:27 PM

I heard them over the weekend as well. You're spot-on about The Blues -- it sounds like Estranged Part II.

I've given each song one or two listens so far. If this was by any other band other than GNR, I would've stopped at one listen. But I'm giving Axl leeway.

One problem I have with ALL the songs is that his vocal track seems to be buried in the mix. They need to bring it out more.

It's sad people waited 10 years for THIS.

Posted by: Chag at February 24, 2006 9:43 PM

Sadly, my only impression of Axl Rose was always: 'Hey he's kinda cute'. Very 14 of me, I know..but I was 14 at the time!

I wasn't aware that Guns N' Roses were still together.

Does that make me old or simply lame?

Posted by: Contary at February 24, 2006 9:59 PM

I stopped caring when I started listening to Soundgarden.

Posted by: JackassJimmy at February 24, 2006 10:40 PM

Axl has been looking really rough lately. I wonder what he'll do to pull his look together now that they plan to release something.

I've noticed alot of bands that resurface after many years away come out and sound exactly the same as they did 10, 15 years earlier. Don't know why....

Posted by: Lisa B at February 25, 2006 12:51 AM

I didn't get to hear I.R.S. when it was leaked at a local radio station here and I really wasn't too sad about it. The DJ took some phone calls to get some opinions and out of all the ones I heard, one person thought the song was AMAZING. Everyone else hated it. Seeing that I lost my patience with GNR at about Use Your Illusion, I really have no desire to hear the new album.

Posted by: Rhonda at February 25, 2006 12:43 PM

I love GNR but I am not sure about this new album. After the last album I was kinda disappointed.

Posted by: beanhead at February 25, 2006 5:50 PM

One of the things I love about you Chris. Your a hip and happening progressive guy.....but you still love the classics. Muy bueno!!! Now if only Zeppelin could get back together...minus the bonzo of course. Maybe not, last time I saw Robert plant he was lookin quite crusty, sucha shame!

Posted by: Bethany at February 26, 2006 10:51 AM

SIGH. I don't even want to hear it. I forever want to vision Axl in his tight leather pants, swaying back and forth while belting out "Sweet Child O'Mine" while opening for the Rolling Stones as I shrieked from the 2nd row because YES, when I was 13, I dated Steve Adler's (the OG drummer's) younger brother and I was DO FING cool in my leather jacket and neon green bike shorts.

Posted by: HipMamaB at February 27, 2006 12:12 AM

BTW, now that he's lost all of the Guns that made up GnR and he quit the drugs, he just sucks. And he'll NEVER do anything that will come anywhere near paralleling one of the best albums of all-time: Appetite for Destruction. He should have just quit the music thing back when he first quit the music thing.

Posted by: Nimer at February 27, 2006 2:09 PM