How Many More Years Would Axl Have Had to Work for a Fifth Star From ‘Rolling Stone’?

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He goes way back. Photo: Courtesy of Geffen

Not that we're totally convinced the album actually exists yet, but Rolling Stone has posted the world's first official review of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy — and they like it! David Fricke hails Axl's thirteen-years-in-the-making opus as a "great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record." But while he cites no specific faults with it, Democracy receives only a measly four (out of five) stars. What exactly would that fifth star have required? Did Fricke not think it sounded polished enough? Maybe it would've benefited from another six years of Axl's attention? Would a better cover have helped? Perhaps some guest vocals from Mick Jagger? In any case, this is definitive proof that hard work never pays off.

Chinese Democracy review [Rolling Stone]

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