So yesterday I went with my Dad to Best Buy to help him pick out a digital camera for my grandma for Christmas. Ok- so yeah I admit it, the main reason I agreed to go along was that I am a total geek and went to Best Buy yesterday with the sole intent of purchasing up the new Guns N Roses album (I also bought Call Of Duty: World At War for the Nintendo DS! Can you believe they make a DS version of that game? I was stoked!) Chinese Democracy.
Anyway- back in the day I was a big Guns N Roses fan. I use to have to drag my mom to the record store so that she could by the album for me (they were real picky about the parental advisory warning labels back then) when ever a new album came out.
However, as I mentioned in the comments over at a post at Chris Cactus’ place, while yes I was planning on going out and buying Chinese Democracy on Sunday, I was already prepared to be disappointed in it. I mean that is a hell of a buildup for an album…what’s it been like over 10 years right? So I have one listen down of the entire album and I am pleased to say that I am not totally completely disappointed. Now keep in mind that I have only listened to the entire album once. There are some songs that stick out for me more than others…currently THE standout song on the first listen for me is Street of Dreams. However, There Was A Time also sounds really good to me. I don’t know what it is about those songs that stand out most to me- maybe its because they sound more like vintage GnR. Maybe I was just in a good mood when they happened to come on. I have no explanation for it.
You probably won’t like this album if you are expecting Appetite For Destruction. Chinese Democracy is more along the lines of the Use Your Illusion albums if you are trying to compare it to the exisiting discography…however I feel that is like comparing apples to oranges. This album is definitely going to be different and have a different feel, not only because it took so blasted long to come out, but because the only exisiting original member of the band is Axl.
I bet the more I listen to it- the more the album will stand out to me- because it always seems to take me three to five listens before I have something concrete to say about the album.