Chickenfoot, III, 2011
The second Chickenfoot album is aptly titled III, typical Hagar humour I presume. Anyone familiar with the first outing from these 4 rock giants, will have a pretty good clue as to what to expect. If you haven´t bought this one yet, I see no reason not to. It is fun, energy level is high, and even the odd message present. So not all songs are about tequila and girls
Those amongst my readers not yet familiar with the band, Chickenfoot is the collaboration of Joe Satriani (guitar), Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chillies on drums and the former half of Van Halen (Michael Anthony on bass plus backing vocals and Sammy Hagar on lead vocals) complete the band.
And while sometimes there is suspicion about the reason for such a coming together, in this case I feel it is all about the music. Everything, from the 3d artwork, to the lyrics, the album´s unexpected title, to the overall performance, just breezes that feeling of pure enjoyment. Satriani sounds very inspired and delivers killer riffs. And we all know he can play some mean solos. Anthony and Hagar continue what they did in VH, and Smith just hits the skins with power and groove.
So the band bring another set of great rocking tracks that sound instantly familiar and overall very convincing. Just take a listen to songs like Up Next, or Big Foot. If you like those, buy the thing. I specifically want to mention the track Three And A Half Letters. It´s lyric is built out of letters Sammy got from people seeking his help. Gave me the chills, brilliant.