SPIN.com's Best of the Week, November 17-23

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Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny Guns N' Roses' domination this week, as frontman Axl Rose and Co. prepared to release one of the most delayed albums in history, Chinese Democracy. But even in the Sunset Strip gunslingers' shadow there was plenty of action: New Jersey post-hardcore heroes Thursday reported from the studio, we finally saw Twilight, and M.I.A. sounded off on love and marriage.

Below, check out the week's top stories, MP3s, videos, reviews, and more!TOP STORIES:

Guns N' Roses: Album Review and More News

Get ready for the Nov. 23 release of Chinese Democracy with SPIN's full review and more! Read >>PLUS:

  • Listen to Guns N' Roses' Chinese DemocracyRead >>
  • Metallica's James Hetfield on Guns N' RosesRead >>

EDITORS' BLOGS:

Twilight Movie Review


The big screen version of Stephenie Meyer's vampire romance is finally here, but is it worth seeing? Read >>PLUS:

  • Goodbye, TRL -- We'll Miss You! Read >>
  • Holiday Album Guide: GNR, Killers, Kanye, and More Read >>

AUDIO/VIDEO:

Exclusive Video: Thursday in the Studio


The New Jersey post-hardcore band's Geoff Rickly takes you behind the scenes of their new record, Common Existence.Read >>PLUS:

  • Exclusive Song: Cypress Hill's B-Real with Snoop DoggRead >>
  • New Stream: Asobi Seksu, "Me & Mary" Read >>
  • The Get Up Kids Reunite in Kansas City!Read >>

NEWS:

M.I.A. Speaks Out About Love and Marriage


Find out how the politically conscious rapper/style icon is handling her entry into one of America's wealthiest families!Read >>PLUS:

  • Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson's Baby is BornRead >>
  • Coldplay to Break Up? Read >>
  • Blink-182 to Reunite?Read >>

REVIEWS:

Belle and Sebastian, BBC Sessions (Matador)


Deceptively soft Scots flip through their edgier back pages.Read >>PLUS:

  • Dido, Safe Trip Home (Arista)Read >>

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