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  1. Interesting that the instrumental is already titled as "I'm Sorry" and Axl made a point to say he doesnt like to write lyrics until after the music is created to challenge himself. Would be cool to know if at least in this instance, if the working title for the track informed the lyrical subject matter.
  2. To the best of your knowledge were any of the album release delays due to ongoing litigation and/or management changes, or were they pretty much solely due to Axl's need to keep tinkering?
  3. Atlas is better in the current form that we have then Shacklers Revenge, ITW, and TIL. Replace either of those 3 with that and the album is better. I even like it a bit more then Scraped and Rhiad but the album needed those rockers rather then another ballad. I think it's probably left off because of the fact it's a little similar to CITR. It's got a bit of a Blind Melon vibe to it and I think it's awesome.
  4. Thats right sorry Freese not Brain. But Freese said Axl brought Bucket up to him I believe right? And asked if he knew him I think? if that's the case I wonder the first time Axl heard Bucket's playing and thought it would work. And the concert with Sorum again is after he's already considered Finck so i would kill to know when it first clicked that he could be the guy? I don't think Axl's ever spoke about that
  5. Brain told that story about coming to rehearsal and having Axl ask him if he knew Bucket. But I'd love to know what originally put bucket on Axl's radar. In the same vein as when Axl was watching Robin Finck play with NIN and commenting to Duff how he wanted Robin in GNR, I'd love to know what the moment was or if there was a specific piece of music from each guy that inspired Axl to remake GNR in that image.
  6. How about Iron Maiden meets late era Faith No More? The rolling stone interviewer [was it David Wild?] described it as Psychical Graffiti mixed by Reznor, and I think that's pretty close. With classic rock structures mixed with industrial flares meant to update the sound. Even if the Snakepit album had been well received I don't think it would have changed Axl's mind that it was time to spruce up the sound. Nothing drastic, but to the same level that UYI is a logical build on top of AFD and Lies. And the fact that the Snakepit album wasn't viewed as positive probably emboldened Axl to stick to his guns.
  7. @RedHook I always assumed/ hoped that Bucket/ Finck duet was a peek into something more. It just sounded so good. As far as Oklahoma goes, Axl mentioned to rolling stone that he was inspired to write it because of the bombing. But I don't hear piano much in this one. I'm wondering what parts were attributed directly to Axl?
  8. I tried looking on billboard charts but you have to be a member to get really In depth. But it would be fun to get an estimated release date based on the dates we have listed on these leaked cds and compare it to the other rock releases that came out that same month. In an alternate universe Ezrin signs off on the material it gets mixed, mastered, and released, and the competition it's up against is 3 Doors Down and Tantric.
  9. Nothing on here we would consider "rapping axl" thank god Not my favorite leak but very enjoyable
  10. Remember when they described the album in that 1999 Spin article as "sounds like Physical Graffiti remixed by Trent Reznor"? Am I the only one who gets a bit of "Fool In The Rain" during the verses? Not from Graffiti, but close enough. @Bill Brasky do you think the info you had about "lazy vocals" was referencing the way he delivers the verses? I took it to mean it was almost a place holder type of vocal. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear this.
  11. I could use help with that leak as well if there's a PluMber around.
  12. If everyone's giving their opinion then might as well add one more for whatever it's worth. In the same way that I don't feel the album could have gotten too many fair reviews because it was almost impossible for most critics to overlook the hype, time, money, and back story that went into the album. Not to mention the hostilities towards Axl that most of them harbored, some of them well earned I'm sure. For me it's almost the other way. Where I love this band so much, and waited SO long for the album, that I have the same type of bias that a slighted reporter might have, just in the other direction. I'm a GNR diehard and anything with that name on it is going to get extra slack, and I'm going to go out of my way to find parts to appreciate if need be. So I followed all the leaks, kept track of all the delays, and made sure to snag a few copies the second it was available. Overall I absolutely loved the album, in my mind it was as good as I could have hoped for. When I say that, keep in mind I would have rather had the original GNR lineup put out a record. I would have rather had the 2001 Bucket/Finck lineup put out a record. But for the circumstances that existed, and the lineup changes that kept coming, I found the album to sound cohesive, and complete. To me, there wasn't any "extra slack" needed, and I didn't have to look extra hard to find something to appreciate in every song. I'm not a musician, I've never played an instrument, my only qualification for reviewing is that I've spent many, many hours and years listening to and absorbing GNR music. And to me I don't have any issue stamping the GNR name on Chinese Democracy. I've played the album for many people who don't know the lineup, the only thing they know is that the album took a long time to come out. They never have any idea about how many guitarists played on it, or how many "layers" are stacked on each track. And the response I've gotten 95% of the time is how surprised they are by how good the band sounds. No one has ever told me "Axl sounds good but man that doesn't sound like Slash", almost every single time the biggest response is "how come this didn't get a better reception?". As far as the song by song breakdown, I'll leave that for some of the others. But I can tell you that my favorites, and the order that I would list them in, change quite a bit month to month and year to year. I believe that's a testament to the strength of the tracks across the board. One of the best points I've read in this thread was how if you ask 10 different Chinese Democracy fans what their favorite songs are, you'll get different answers from all of them. That's saying something for sure about the range, and for me everyone of the songs is 100% hard rock at it's core which is what GNR has always been about. I'm in the minority I'm sure, but I would have loved to get the Chinese follow up. I'll listen to it with the same "bias" that I do when I hear any GNR song, but if the tracks are as strong as on the last album I'll be more then satisfied. And at the end of the day that's all I fucking care about.
  13. What about Axl's letter to Robin, did it exist? Was it him begging Robin to stay?
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