Chinese Democracy

Label
Geffen
Release date
23 Feb 2010
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
71:24

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Chinese Democracy 4:43 225,688
2 Shackler's Revenge 3:37 136,261
3 Better 4:57 181,222
4 Street of Dreams 4:47 126,389
5 If the World 4:54 121,916
6 There Was a Time 6:41 125,649
7 Catcher in the Rye 5:53 118,785
8 Scraped 3:30 97,971
9 Riad n' the Bedouins 4:10 101,394
10 Sorry 6:15 96,646
11 I.R.S. 4:28 111,615
12 Madagascar 5:38 117,437
13 This I Love 5:35 129,068
14 Prostitute 6:16 86,882

About this album

Chinese Democracy is the sixth studio album by American rock band Guns N’ Roses. It was released on November 23, 2008, worldwide and in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2008. It is the band’s first studio album since 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?”, and their first album of original studio material since the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I and II in September 1991. Retail store chain Best Buy is the exclusive retailer of the album in the United States.

In a 2007 interview, Axl Rose’s close friend Sebastian Bach stated that Chinese Democracy will be the first installment in a trilogy of new albums. Bach also remarked that Rose had told him the third, as yet untitled, album has been slated for 2012.

Background

Guns N’ Roses began to write and record new music in 1994. Ex-bassist Duff McKagan is quoted as saying, ” band was so splintered at that point that nothing got started”. Slash has criticized Rose for making the band seem “like a dictatorship”. Slash quit the band in 1996; drummer Matt Sorum and McKagan left soon afterwards. Slash was replaced by Nine Inch Nails touring guitarist Robin Finck, ex-Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson replaced McKagan, and Josh Freese joined as the drummer. In early 1998, the band — which comprised Rose, Finck, Stinson and Freese along with long-time Guns N’ Roses associate Paul Tobias, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman — began recording at Rumbo Recorders, a state-of-the-art studio in the San Fernando Valley where Guns N’ Roses had partially recorded parts for their debut album, Appetite for Destruction.

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  • A7X101

    "There Was a Time" is easily one of the best G N' R songs ever made, the last half especially is just rock perfection...

    7 Aug 11:50am Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    Not too bad. Some of the songs are throw-away tracks, but Better really stands out

    28 Jul 2:39pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    such a good record.

    19 Mar 7:47am Reply
  • Ivartist

    Underrated as fuck, I really couldn´t see why any Gn´R fan would hate this album...

    11 Mar 10:36pm Reply
  • makushka1

    <3

    14 Feb 6:26pm Reply
  • archirulit

    great album =)

    13 Feb 9:15am Reply
  • GackTMN

    One of the best rock albums of the past decade, Slash fanboys be damned. The songwriting on here is the best in the band's discography.

    3 Jan 5:52pm Reply
  • Arellium

    Possibly one of the greatest albums ever released.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    I remember I was a bit obsessed with this when it first came out. Five years later, I rediscover it, and I must say that now, without the surprise factor, it's still an impressive record. You could say that Axl still has it, that songwriting talent, but slightly different. I don't want to sound "blasphemous" or like a troll, but I enjoy this better than Appetite for Destruction. Althought it's still a great album.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • malumodestos

    Chinese Democracy is a masterpiece of rock !!!!

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • noprayer4simon

    probably the most underestimated album ever

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Estranged_Ann

    Masterpiece. God bless you, Axl.

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • GabozoMcKagan

    It's a great album!

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Predelnik

    At first I thought so many boring songs, now there are less than half boring songs for me and maybe some I just still don't get entirely need to read lyrics or something. Anyway this album worth a shit but Axl should have made 5 albums like this already in time given.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • PaterJD

    totally underrated album

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ClaudioGurgel

    Sempre que se fala “Chinese Democracy”, aparece um “gênio” e diz - “prefiro a época do apetite”. Ok! Eu também acho “Apetite for Destruction” uma obra prima! Mas não estamos discutindo isso. Mas convenhamos, falar que “Chinese Democracy” é o melhor álbum da banda, seria a única mentira que não podemos falar de jeito nenhum. Porém, esse é o segundo melhor cd da banda, e para os fanáticos, falar isso magoa seus corações saudosistas. O cd é cheio de arranjos majestosos e inovadores, com guitarras alucinantes e batidas modernas e pesadas. É isso mesmo, Axl acertou em cheio em vários pontos, “Better”, “If The World”, “There Was A Time”, “Madagascar” são alguns exemplos de faixas incomparavelmente melhores que as simples “Don’t you Cry” ou “Civil War”. Apesar de todas as histórias catastróficas relacionadas a esse álbum, o que realmente vai ficar são as músicas, e isso eu garanto, são boas! Axl tô contigo!

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • slashisgay

    This is Sucks! [2]

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BlackMetalSuck

    This is Sucks!

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • davegahan13

    Absolute nonsense. Sounds like Britney Spears with Tokio Hotel hahaha :D

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • AceHateCrew

    If you disliked the album, just listen to "This I Love"...this track...well...it really is a masterpiece...yeah, it's as good as "Don't Cry"...for me, even better...

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
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