13 years later, it's here.
I'm trying to catch up on NaNoWriMo (need to average 2,950 words a day to make the 50,000 - looking pretty good, actually), but that didn't stop me from jumping into the car after finishing the yard work to pick up a copy at the local Best Buy.
Admit it, even if you stopped listening to Guns N' Roses back after the bloat of Use Your Illusion I and II, you know you're curious as to what all the fuss was about.
If I get ahead of my word count today, I may come back and do a longer review. The short version: surprising. There's a lot I like, there's a lot I that makes me cringe. LOTS of weirdness on this thing. One thing's for sure: Buckethead is all over this album, and for that I'm cheering. I'm also a huge fan of Bumblefoot's solo work, and his contributions are felt throughout as well.
Anyway, in the meantime none other than Chuck Klosterman reviewed the album for the Onion's AV Club. If you've never read any of Klosterman's books this is a pretty good representation of his style. If you have read him before, I'm sure you can guess what he thought of the album.
Here's his review. I gotta get back to work!