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Guns N’ Roses: Album Review and More News

Now that Chinese Democracy is finally here, check out SPIN's full review and more!

The road to Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy has been long (15 years since the group’s last effort, The Spaghetti Incident?), expensive (a rumored $13 million), and, quite frankly, ridiculous (see: long and expensive).

But, finally, the album is set to be released Sunday, Nov. 23! And you canread our review here.

Then, take a moment to relive the madness leading up to the record’s arrival, including: countless delays, an April Fools Day album review, visions of free soda, thealbum art and tracklist, and a review of the first radio single. You know Axl would want you to.

The Delays:

Axl: Chinese Democracy Out in ’06
“It’s not about being a control freak,” Rose stated to New York magazine. “It’s about being maybe smart enough to go, ‘No, that’s a bad idea.'” More>>

Release of Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy Delayed…Again
So much for 2006 (or 2007, for that matter), as a previously announced release date of March 6, 2007, was yet again cancelled. “The good news is that all of the recording for the album has been completed,” read a post on the band’s website. More>>

The Anticipation:

Chuck Klosterman Writes an April Fools Review of Chinese Democracy
“If you purchased a kitten on the day that Use Your Illusion I & II arrived in stores, it’s probably dead by now,” Klosterman wrote in this way early review of Chinese Democracy. More>>

Dr. Pepper Pleads for Chinese Democracy
The soda company promises a free can of Dr. Pepper for U.S. citizens if Axl Rose can manage to release Chinese Democracy in 2008. Drink up, America. More>>

The Imminent Release (Finally… ):

Chinese Democracy Gets Album Art, Tracklist, and a Release Date!
Best Buy teams up with Rose to release the near-mythical record on November 23, right before Thanksgiving. Turkey, football, and Chinese Democracy — is there a more heartwarming holiday grouping? More>>

First Listen: New Guns N’ Roses Single Reviewed
SPIN deputy editor Steve Kandell waxes critical on the title track and first official single from Chinese Democracy: “Is it as bad as we all assume it’s gonna be?Answer: Kinda, but then again, not really!” More>>