Amazing, simply amazing.
The guy fires his band, gets all new replacements, goes on a 17 year layoff between albums of original material, putting only a cover album and a few compilations, plus a couple of brief tours. The album becomes a joke in how expensive and long past overdue it is.
EUREKA!!! It's probably the best album I have heard since Innuendo. It sounds like a life's masterpiece that was made carefully over a decade and a half, perfected to every last detail, and totally perfection down to the very last note. He finally "Buried Appetite." like I heard him say he wanted the Use Your Illusions to do.
It's got heavy elements of Queen, Garbage, Rob Zombie, NIN and the classic G N' R style in perfect marriage with it. I can't understand his lyrics that much and don't care. It's the best American made album I have heard since maybe ever. Guns N' Roses is officially Axl's boat as far as I'm concerned. Slash or Bucketbrain-head-whatever, whomever he chooses to use. The man is Lennon/Mercury/Jagger and he's just now peaking it would seem.
Thank the gods for this once in a decade classic rock album that won't be leaving my cd tray for at least half a year. Hopefully it will inspire Queen and PR to follow this break in album with an ambitious attempt to follow up with their best album made in 20 years.