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.
A supergroup if ever there was one! Consisting of Chad Smith on drums (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Michael Anthony on bass (ex Van Halen) and Sammy Hagar on vocals and Joe Satriani on guitars. All people who have earned their place in rock, so I believe them when they say they do this for the fun of it. But is being famous enough for making a great record together, that is the question.
The answer is simple in this case, yes it is. This is all about songs and fun. This is about enjoying each others company as well as pleasing the audience. This is about rocking out, about the groove, about playing all the right notes. This is about true emotions and true intentions. This is recognisable, yet new. This is not Van Halen, but Sammy and Michael, still singing together and sounding great. This is not about Joe´s shredding, but yet he still plays oh so well and Michael backs him up accordingly. This is Chad rocking out like never before, but without losing his groove.
This is feel good stuff with some killer tracks. It gets better every time I play it! Oh, and the digipack edition I bought is a little weird. I was wondering where the song titles were. After holding the album for a while, the black cover slowly disappeared and revealed all the details. Nice trick.
Personal play tips: Soap On A Rope, Get It Up, Turning Left.