Chinese Democracy-Chuck Klosterman’s Review
So, last night as I wrote my review of Chinese Democracy, it really struck me how ill-prepared I really am to take on such a task. I feel like I oversimplified things, made generalizations, etc etc…when really, you could write a whole book on this album and what it is supposed to be…dissecting it bit by bit, analyzing everything…and you’d still never really get to the bottom of what Axl wanted to communicate. I’m really just not capable of doing Chinese Democracy justice.
Luckily, there are some people out there who are better music critics and writers than me. Chuck Klosterman is one of them. I’ve read his books, and frankly, I am in love with that man. I truly think he is one of the most consistently brilliant, insightful people I’ve ever come across. So, I’m really glad he wrote a review of Chinese Democracy as well…he says things that I wanted to say but couldn’t articulate, and has a lot of really great thoughts that I wish I could have been the one to think of. Some people don’t buy his argument, and thats cool…but I like it. Overall, great review. Even if you don’t agree, at least it makes you think.
His last paragraph really hit home for me:
“I’ve maintained a decent living by making easy jokes about Axl Rose for the past 10 years, but what’s the final truth? The final truth is this: He makes the best songs. They sound the way I want songs to sound. A few of them seem idiotic at the beginning, but I love the way they end. Axl Rose put so much time and effort into proving that he was super-talented that the rest of humanity forgot he always had been. And that will hurt him. This record may tank commercially. Some people will slaughter Chinese Democracy, and for all the reasons you expect. But he did a good thing here.”
Couldn’t agree more. Thanks, Chuck.