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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!

By: SPIN Staff // November 20, 2008

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>>