Release date: 21 November 2008
Style: Hard rock


6.8 | 358 votes


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01. Chinese Democracy
02. Shackler's Revenge
03. Better
04. Street Of Dreams
05. If The World
06. There Was A Time
07. Catcher In The Rye
08. Scraped
09. Riad N' The Bedouins
10. Sorry
11. I.R.S.
12. Madagascar
13. This I Love
14. Prostitute

Lyrics (14)

William Bruce ''Axl'' Rose - vocals, keyboards, guitars, synths, piano, samples
Paul Tobias - guitars, piano
Robin Finck - guitars, keyboards
Ron Thal - guitars
Brian Patrick ''Albert'' ''Buckethead'' Carroll - guitars
Richard Fortus - guitars
Tommy Stinson - bass, backing vocals
Frank Ferrer - drums
Bryan "Brain" Mantia - drums, programming
Chris Pitman - keyboards, synths, sub-bass, 12 string guitar, bass, backing vocals, programming, mellotron
Darren Arthur "Dizzy" Reed - keyboards, piano, synths, backing vocals

Additional musicians:
Sebastian "Bach" Philip Bierk, backing vocals
Eric Caudieux - programming
Caram Costanzo - programming
Paul Buckmaster - orchestra conductor, orchestration
Marco Beltrami - orchestration
Suzy Katayama, choir, French horns
Pete Scaturro - keyboards
Patti Hood - harp

Additional info
Produced by Axl Rose and Caram Costanzo.

Guest review by
Doc Godin

Ok, a decade and a half, millions of dollars, multiple band members and associated musicians input - ignoring these stats is a hard thing to do while approaching this album, but let's give it a shot. Let's keep in mind the iconic figures that were once part of this band are long gone. This is no longer Slash, Duff, and Izzy's band, this is Axl's album - like it or not. So as a disclaimer I'm looking at this album as a stand-alone project, avoiding any comparisons to what once was.

published 02.03.2009 | Comments (12)

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elekctric - 11.02.2010 at 17:52  
Rating: 7 Not worth a decade plus ... but average ....
In Bone Factory - 03.03.2010 at 08:05  
Rating: 7 Expected more but not bad n e way.
Reza - 03.03.2010 at 09:19  
Written by In Bone Factory on 03.03.2010 at 08:05

Expected more but not bad n e way.

IMO without Slash and Duff, Guns N' Roses won't be like before at all.
Boxcar Willy - 28.05.2010 at 17:55  
Written by Guest on 03.03.2010 at 09:19

Written by In Bone Factory on 03.03.2010 at 08:05

Expected more but not bad n e way.

IMO without Slash and Duff, Guns N' Roses won't be like before at all.

damn straight
Big-Al - 04.08.2010 at 01:49  
Rating: 8 If you can but it cheap then do.

by it's own merits it's fine enough. as GnR, yeah it's just Axel and some big names at his disposal like Buckethead.

nice album though, good sound, nice tunes, easy going, just like our kind music was 20 years ago.
kjnljnlknljbnjbn - 29.09.2010 at 21:39  
Rating: 5 I was predicting Chinese Democracy to be crap and I was right
Viesturs - 03.02.2011 at 23:06  
  Good Band
JohnDoe - 04.02.2011 at 02:21  
Written by Viesturs on 03.02.2011 at 23:06

Good Band

10 for this album? Are you serious? It's so far from perfect...

de gustibus...
eyeofthebeholder - 12.07.2011 at 19:39  
Rating: 9 I like Chinese Democracy,but it's not a perfect album.I gave it an 8 because I love some of the songs,but it's not even close to the great 80's and 90's albums.:metal:
AndMetalForAll - 12.10.2011 at 00:25  
Rating: 8 I was never a GNR fan, not even of appetite for destruction. But i think this album is pretty cool. Chinese Democracy has some epic songs that in a normal situation would be considered amazing songs. Of course the difference of styles from the previous GNR and the new is huge.

I think it's a solid album with really great songs
Kuroboshi - 12.03.2013 at 16:25  
Rating: 5 Has some nice passages, but kind of boring, with Axl's voice ruining the mood.
musicalkaratekid - 15.03.2016 at 01:35  
Rating: 6 I guess it was really hip to "hate" this album when it was first released. Main reason being, everybody thought Axl Rose was a parody of his former self. That said, I think as time has progressed, Chinese Democracy really isn't as bad as it was at first perceived. It turns out to be average, with some pretty bad songs (Better, If the World, Scraped) dragging the quality of what in my opinion are the album's outstanding highlights (title track, Street of Dreams, Sorry). Basically, the songwriting and instrumental arrangements can be really great at times in this album, but then again elsewhere you'd only be wishing that you were listening to Appetite for Destruction, if only for something a little more "fun".

Whatever, this isn't a Guns N' Roses album, and never will be, except by name. In fact, I like to think of it as an Axl Rose solo album, or what would probably sound like an Axl Rose album if the guy ever decided to go down that route. I mean, the end result of Chinese Democracy would probably sound vastly different had great line-up for both Use Your Illusion albums remained this far down the line. So my opinion of this album is that basically, the good does not quite outweigh the bad-it results in an average affair.

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