Guns N' Roses

I might be the only music writer in America (besides Chuck Klosterman) who will actually admit to liking Guns N’ Roses’ 2008 album, Chinese Democracy. I’m not saying it’s a lost classic or anything, but there are some really good songs buried in that grotesque narrative and dated overproduction. Anyway, GNR have mostly laid low since Chinese Democracy — aside from the odd live appearance — but a new (or, at least, previously unheard) song from the band has just made its way to the interwebs. “Going Down” features bassist Tommy Stinson on lead vocals, with Axl background-screeching some six octaves up. The song has a loose, rock-y feel, much closer to vintage GNR than the hyper-compressed industrial nu-metal of Chinese Democracy. It feels like a Lies outtake more than anything, really. The song’s provenance as well as its fate are wholly unknown; it could be a scrapped Chinese Democracy demo or it could be an early version of a new song or anything in between, really. Either way, it sounds good. I guess I like pretty much everything Axl releases, and I like this, too. Listen for yourself.

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[Via Metal Insider]

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Comments (8)
  1. Everytime I get reminded about this band, I think to myself “Ugh…What could have been!” :-7

  2. Well, I’m not a music writer, but I’ll admit to liking Chinese Democracy too, there’s no way it was ever going to get a fair assessment from critics given its (and Axl’s) long and sordid history, but there are definitely some really good songs on it. Although I still have trouble thinking of it (and of this new song, which isn’t bad but just kind of meh) as a Guns N’ Roses album, it’s definitely an Axl solo project in my mind.

  3. I really liked Chinese Democracy and love everything Tommy Stinson does so this is right up my alley. Sounds the closest to an Izzy track they’ve done since UYI.

  4. “I might be the only music writer in America (besides Chuck Klosterman) who will actually admit to liking Guns N’ Roses’ 2008 album, Chinese Democracy.”

    Nope:

    http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2013/02/axl_rose_birthday_chinese_democracy.php

  5. Sounds a bit like Izzy Stradlin’s solo stuff.

  6. I Think this song is boring, nothing special, i think with this song, they will get a flop at cd – markets!!

    They should sound more like in 1993, the Use your Illusion Albums, that were the best!! Or the Appetite for Destruction Album, that was great!!

    Tommy Stinson should sing in the back, he’s a crap singer!! Put Axl in front please, HE IS THE MAN we want to see and hear ! ! !

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