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"Slashing ‘Chinese Democracy’ to 45 Minutes" (Ultimate Classic Rock article)


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On 11/30/2021 at 7:50 PM, Cosmo said:

IMO, no album should be longer than 45min, with a few very rare exceptions. I'd take out Scraped, Riad, Sorry and TIL and trim a few of the songs down.

I actually read a study that some scientists did where they determined the perfect listening time for an album of music is exactly 30 minutes. Anything over that, the listener slowly begins to lose his or her attention.

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4 minutes ago, Nintari said:

I never understood a lot of the specific criticisms toward the actual music. When you listen to songs like Estranged and Breakdown, it's very easy to see the natural progression toward songs like Catcher in the Rye and Prostitute. Even if Slash and Duff had remained in the band, I still think those songs would have made whatever album came out next because they seem completely logical in the context of Axl's evolution as a songwriter.

maybe cause Slash is a big part of the classic Gn'R sound and for some fans it's just a crucial part of what makes Gn'R a great band. The Izzy factor is also important imo and Chinese lacked that, though I think the album is still great.

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5 minutes ago, Nintari said:

I actually read a study that some scientists did where they determined the perfect listening time for an album of music is exactly 30 minutes. Anything over that, the listener slowly begins to lose his or her attention.

idk. I think it depends on how much a musician got to say so the musical statement should be as long as needed for the artist to express themselves and if it's good, the listener won't lose their attention or the issue is more with the listener than the artist imo.

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On 12/1/2021 at 2:24 AM, Gunner Gilby said:

Depends on the quality of the songs and if they're all good enough to hold your interest. As we've only had one new album of original material since 91 and that was thirteen years ago. I certainly wouldn't want any of Guns albums to be shorter. 

Besides which everyone's favorite album tracks are different. So if  as some have discussed you cut Illusions to a single album or Chinese to 45 minutes, you'd be removing songs some love.

Yeah but I bet both albums would be much better listens if they were trimmed down to their absolute best. The rest could easily be released as B-sides to singles and such.

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