The Washington Times - October 23, 2008, 05:44PM

One of the problems with holding back music for decades, aside from unrealistically building expectations, is that the material can quickly become dated. Unless you’re making a record of blues, roots music or American pop standards, you run the risk of putting a big carton of curdled milk on the market.

Axl Rose — let’s face it: Guns N’ Roses is his brand, not a band — must’ve felt like the title track to “Chinese Democracy” was on the cutting edge of muscular, industrial early-‘90s rock. Today: not so much. “Chinese Democracy” smells awfully sour to me.