Chip: "If something takes this long, it's bound to be a masterpiece, and the example I'll use here is Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which arrived 15 years after Return of the Jedi and was widely greeted as excellent, especially that Jar Jar Binks character."
Richard: "It seems as if Axl's lyrics have really matured over the years. We've gone from the "Panties round your knees / With your ass in debris" of Appetite for Destruction to this album's title-track lyrics: "'Cause it would take a lot more time than you /Have got for masturbation /Even with your iron fist /All they got to rule the nation." The sexual imagery is now employed to make a political point, instead of just to talk about fucking. It's less fun, of course, but who said art is fun?"
Chip: "Exactly. Art is never fun. And Chinese Democracy may well make us think as hard as it makes us rock. And it sounds sweetest when experienced with a free Dr. Pepper."