A bunch of internet sites are suddenly buzzing with rumors that the track-list for the long awaited new Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy has finally been announced. While there is no official conformation yet, this seems to be a promising sign that the album may actually come out on March 6th as Axl Rose stated himself in a lengthy post on the band's official website.
In my experience as a music critic, the announcement of a track list usually means the album has been handed into the record company. Many of the songs, listed below, are certainty in existence and several of the tracks, including the guitar-driven title track, were performed during Guns N’ Roses last few tours. This makes the likelihood of this track-listing being accurate a fair bet, and only risky in the fact that it is Axl Rose we are talking about here.
"Catcher in the Rye"
"If The World"
"T.W.A.T. (There Was A Time)"
"Rhiad and the Bedouins"
"Oh My God"
"Ides of March"
The next logical question for fan-boys and fan-girls to debate is what the first single should be. Being a big Guns N’ Roses' fan-boy myself (I just traveled from Denver to Seattle to see the band in December) my vote is for the song "T.W.A.T." Out of all the songs I’ve heard or seen performed from the album (8 out of 13) "T.W.A.T." is easily the best choice, although the title's acronym may very well exclude it for being the first single for obvious reasons.
An internet poll I saw on a Guns N’ Roses' fan site had "Better" in the lead. However, I personally think "Better" is the weakest, but still listenable, of the new tracks. Then again my tastes have always ran contrary to popular opinion. By the way, you can hear most of the songs on You Tube if you're so inclined.
I’m fairly confident that the first ballad from the record will be the sweeping "Madagascar." Based on the overwhelming popularity of "November Rain" I think Axl would be crazy (Oh wait, he is) not to put this out as the ballad. I only ramble on about these things because after ten-plus years of reviewing music, I have learned that a good track-list and good single choices can make or break an album. Given that Chinese Democracy has to live up to the same kind of hype that surrounded the second trilogy of Star Wars movies I think this warrants some serious consideration. Of yeah, and I am retarded for Guns N’ Roses!
I would expect, pending that this rumors turn out to be true, that we may see some cover art for that album next, and announcement about the first single sometime in February. If you want to be updated on all things Guns and Roses I highly suggest you visit gnrdaily as the countdown to Chinese Democracy continues.Powered by Sidelines