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Album Review

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

"Chinese Democracy" implies that leadership requires more than an iron fist. Frontman Axl Rose says, thanks to his woman's love, he could die content "If the World" were to end suddenly. He urges someone to reject lies and reach his or her potential on "Scraped" ("You're worth more than they tell you"). Eulogizing a romance, a broken man determines to get "Better." A prayer for reconciliation appears on "This I Love." "Madagascar" insists that we reject negativity, forgive others and pursue freedom, however ...

Objectionable Content

F-words show up on that cut and "Riad N' The Bedouins." "Sorry" resorts to a series of milder profanities and one use of "g--d--n," while "Chinese Democracy" mentions masturbation. The bleak "Shackler's Revenge" hints at violent, Columbine-style payback that may end with the singer-gunman's death ("I got an itchy finger an' there'll be hell to pay/I'm gonna pull the trigger an' blow them all away/... I got an empty feelin' I won't be home today"). A partner's promiscuity—including oral sex, bisexual dalliances and intimacy with strangers—is detailed on "There Was a Time," which also mentions cigarettes and cocaine. An audit of "I.R.S." turns up a sexual relationship.

Summary Advisory

Axl Rose is the only original band member left. This is his opus, 13 years in the making. It's unfortunate that any lyrical roses get their petals blown off by hair-trigger blasts of sex, drugs, profanity and violence.

Plot Summary

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Genre

Rock

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Performance

Peaked during its first week at No. 3.

Record Label

Geffen

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On Video

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Awards

Reviewer

Adam R. Holz Bob Smithouser

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