I was bored and devised a way in which we can assess CD in it's current form to fans (as per demos and best live versions) vs. the potential each song has.

Heres what I came up with:

**Chinese Democracy ** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**8/10****The Blues** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**9/10****Catcher in the Rye** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**7/10****Better** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**7/10****Madagascar** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**5/10****IRS** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**6/10****TWAT** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**6/10****Rhiad** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**5/10****OMG ** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**6/10****Silkworms ** *(current state)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**3/10**That comes to a

**62% ** rating in terms of what we have heard thus far.

If we exclude OMG and Silkworms which most likely wont figure on CD we get a

**66%** rating.

If we also exclude Rhiad (which again may not figure) we get a healthy

**69%** rating.

More interesting is if we look at what potential we believe each song from what we've heard

*could* have. This, I believe, gives a fairly accurate picture of what we are all in for:

**Chinese Democracy** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**10/10****The Blues ** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**10/10****Catcher in the Rye** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**10/10****Better ** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**9/10****Madagascar** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**7/10****IRS** *(potential) * =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**8/10****TWAT** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**9/10****Rhiad** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**7/10****OMG ** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**8/10****Silkworms** *(potential)* =? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**5/10**Given this, we can say that the potential for these songs is

**83%.**Take off OMG and Silkworms and we arrive at

**88%**With Rhiad off as well we get

**90%.**These songs we have not heard but will likely be on CD,? could have the following potential:

**Prostitue**? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**10/10****Thyme **? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**8/10****The General? ? ?**? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

**9/10**If we add these to the others then we still arrive at a very promising 90%.

Of course other factors like cohesion, production, order of tracks and overall feel need to be factored to get a clear picture of a great album. But based on this, things are looking fairly hopeful?

Its not an exact science!

Id be interested to see how others rate the songs based on these criteria.

I know you explained everyhing already..but this is the DEFINITION of wasted time ! can't believe this !

"The General" might be a 7,4 or 7,52 though...