Vote for (or against) Guns N' Roses' 'Chinese Democracy' single

Gunsandroses_l_2“Finally. ORGASM!”

This response, posted on a very active Guns N’ Roses message board, was in reference to the official release this morning of GNR’s “Chinese Democracy,” the group’s first official single since “Oh My God” in 1999, and the title track of their first album of original material since Use Your Illusion I and II in 1991. Yes, we do use the word “group” loosely for what has essentially been a decade-and-a-half–in-the-making Axl Rose solo project, but why parse language at a climactic time like this?

Except, for some of us, the track is more of an anticlimax (not that even the greatest GNR song ever conceived could possibly be worth so sustained a buildup). You can hear the track here and judge for yourself and share your verdict in the comments section below. Our first impression? (Well, not really first, if you count the time we spent listening to leaked versions months ago.) It’s a pretty terrific blueprint for a hard-rock song in search of a chorus that never actually arrives.

Chris Willman reviews the track, after the jump.

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The first minute of the 4:40 running time consists ofget-the-juices-flowing sound effects; finally, a minute and a half in,we get an abridged version of that patented Axl scream, and then whatfeels like the buildup to a great refrain,but turns out to really bethe refrain, which is moderately memorable at best. Some niceSlash-Who? soloing kicks in at just past the three-minute point, butit’s not nearly the catharsis the song seems (or needs) to be buildingtoward.

The track isn’t yet available for official download, though it’s been released to radio—where,we’re hearing, the reaction among morning jocks and their listenersthis morning has been very mixed. What’s yours? Does this whet yourappetite for the album any more or less than “Shackler’s Revenge,” another teaser track that came out a few weeks back as part of the Rock Band 2 game (and which has even less in the way of a hook, but a lot more gonzo guitar)? Share your finally realized hopes for Democracyor still-thwarted GNR dreams below. And if you have the slightest ideawhat the cryptic, vaguely-but-not-really-political lyrics mean—we’repretty sure it’s the first time the Falun Gong and masturbation havecome up in the same song—do share.

More on Guns N’ Roses:
Guns N’ Roses’ "Chinese Democracy" gets release date
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Dr. Pepper’s "Chinese Democracy" offer
Axl Rose responds to Dr. Pepper offer


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  • Dennis N.

    I care little for Axl and the whole gang, but I most certainly will cast my vote for that above pic being the new Chinese Democracy album cover. Screw the antique bike! That’s a winner!

  • Hunter

    This will be an excellent album. EW will be eating it’s words in a few weeks when the album hits Best Buy.

  • Winona

    I liked it – not too bad. Worth the wait? I dunno – but not bad. I’ll take my free can of Dr Pepper now, please.

  • Saybo

    Does this mean everyone in America gets a free Dr. Pepper now? What was that viral campaign of theirs about the release of Chinese Democracy?

  • Tim

    Great song. Really rocks and compared to other music out today it blows it out of the water.

  • loretian

    Love the song… destined to be a classic (and it already is, for some downloading motherfuckers)!

  • Willy

    Yawn – the phrase “over-promise & under-deliver” springs to mind while listening to the track. It took how-many-years and how-many-millions-of-dollars to create this??? Another nail in the coffin of the music biz.

  • Carl Andrews

    Cool song

  • Apoc

    Just heard it on the radio this morning and I really like it. Very rocking!!!

  • Minutiae

    Willman’s dead on about the lack of climax in the song. Guess Axl can’t write a good song structure without Izzy’s help.

  • CheapJon

    this stuff is amazing, it really is orgasm for the ears :P
    it doesn’t sound like anything has ever sounded more then axl’s voice that still fan-fuckin-tastic,

  • John

    I think it sounds great. I’m very excited. Why all the negative words? Is it just to get readers? It sounds like nothing GNR has done before and I think it’s going to be a great album.

  • overmatik

    This is just the 1st single. The album will be out only in 11/25. Wait ’till you listen to the probably next single “Better”, then you’ll see what this band is about!

  • champchampagne

    I think the song rocks. Not as good as It’s so easy or Welcome to the Jungle, but that was over 20 years ago. In my opinion it is better than most of the stuff on the illusion albums. I like the fact that you can actually hear the guitar rather than just the drums and bass which is so common in todays “modern rock” mixing.

  • wendy

    Welcome Back I liked it :)

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