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Hot on the heels of the news that Chinese Democracy has been leaked (see the blog directly below this one) comes what I assume is the first review of the years-in-the-making album from noted rock scribe Chuck Klosterman. The review is full of his usual overblown, overwritten hyperbole, but that doesn't mean it isn't studded with some good-to-great lines, and it's pretty consistently interesting, in any case -- frankly, it's at least twice as interesting and entertaining as I anticipate the actual album to be. Klosterman's love of metal in general and GNR in particular is no secret, so likely you won't be shocked by his generally positive verdict, but that doesn't stop him from getting in a few digs, from his intro: "Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It's more like reviewing a unicorn," to lines such as, "It's like if Jeff Lynne tried to make Out Of The Blue sound more like Fun House, except with jazz drumming and a girl singer from Motown." Pretty sure that last bit was an insult, but who can tell? If you're dying to see what the album sounds like,
but don't want to actually listen to it here, and then check out the full Chinese Democracy review here. -- Cory Casciato