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Album Review – Chickenfoot III (Classic Rock Limited Edition Collector’s Pack) – Chickenfoot

Classic Rock Presents: Chickenfoot III

Album: Chickenfoot III (Classic Rock Limited Edition Collector’s Pack)

Release: 2011

Artist: Chickenfoot

Label: Ear Music

Track Listing: 1) Last Temptation 2) Alright Alright 3) Different Devil 4) Up Next 5) Lighten Up 6) Come Closer 7) Three and a Half Letters 8) Big Foot 9) Dubai Blues 10) Something Going Wrong 11) Down the Drain (Live in Phoenix) 12) Oh Yeah (Live in Phoenix)

The lively supergroup returns with their bizarrely titled second album. The version reviewed here is the Classic Rock Collector’s fan pack which includes two bonus live tracks and a host of exclusive goodies. The bulk of the extra items is the 132-page glossy magazine. Inside you will find lots of interesting articles including in-depth interviews, a track by track guide, details on the new live drummer and features on Satriani and Hagar’s respective solo careers (although disappointingly dodging out the Montrose albums). The presentation is clear and it’s a real delight to behold. A great deal of 3D imagery is used inside the mag and also on the four postcards inside the album packaging with 3D glasses included. The cards also include amusing interviews with the band members and bar codes that allow bonus video content to be accessed when scanned by a smart-phone. The icing on the cake is an official guitar pick pack for all those aspiring Satriani shredders out there.

So far so good, now down to the quality of the album itself. The band have deceivingly dodged the ‘difficult second album’ in name, but thankfully they have also produced a solid album that completes the illusion. This is after all not a strenuous second offering and if anything cements the band’s reputation as a strong creative unit. Egos still tamed, Chickenfoot III is the sound of a band growing musically – not a group of rock gods trying to outplay each other.

Last Temptation is a strong opening number and is as impressive as the material on their debut. The band’s bluesy roots are again in full swing with catchy chorus lines being pumped into every anthem giving this album plenty of replay value. The memorable funky riffs that spawned all over the previous release are present here in numbers such as Up Next and Big Foot. The softer songs are just as strong with the likes of Different Devil and Come Closer showing that the band can do more than just party with Hagar’s vocals being suitably versatile. Three and a Half Letters sees the band produce a fiery and rebellious monster. Tales too familiar of individuals struggling to find work in an unfair world are represented with class and passion accompanied by the explosive musical performances of the band.

Satriani’s guitar solos are as well-crafted and just as tasteful as before. Sure he’s known as a shred master, but his melodic lines in songs such as Alright Alright and Something Going Wrong are both technical and musical to a high standard, showing professional restrain when needed.

The new album is a good listen and is destined to please fans that have already lapped up their debut album and energetic live DVD Get Your Buzz On. Two tracks from that video make up the bonus live tracks in this package. Lengthy versions of Down the Drain and Oh Yeah sound not only as crystal clear as the record production-wise, but they also sound better than the majority of the new material. There are occasional shades of mediocrity in the likes of Lighten Up and Dubai Blues which fail to muster up memorable qualities and the overall feel of the album isn’t quite as great as their first effort. There’s plenty to enjoy here and the extras in the Collector’s Pack make this particular version an essential purchase this year.


Rating (Collector’s Pack): [9/10]

Rating (Chickenfoot III):   [7/10]



1)      Last Temptation

2)      Three and a Half Letters

3)      Come Closer



Reviewed by: Daniel Aston, 27/09/2011


Album Review: Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot



Release: 2009

Artist: Chickenfoot

Label: Roadrunner

Track Listing: 1) Avenida Revolucion 2) Soap on a Rope 3) Sexy Little Thing 4) Oh Yeah 5) Runnin’ Out 6) Get it Up 7) Down the Drain 8) My Kinda Girl 9) Learning to Fall 10) Turnin’ Left 11) Future in the Past

Some of the world’s greatest musicians, Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Montrose), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and Joe Satriani, join forces for the latest rock supergroup: Chickenfoot. Despite Hagar’s statement “We’re not a supergroup, we like hanging out together and the music is a bonus. We just happen to be in other groups.”, the vast majority of us see them that way, so naturally a lot was expected from their eponymous debut. Perhaps the spotlights were all on Satriani in particular, with this being his first appearance in a proper band rather than a solo artist. How would he fit in, and, how would the egos cope with one another in such a confined space?

Avenida Revolucion begins with a flash of technical randomness from Satriani before dropping into a lengthy mid-paced chug. It’s a wonder why they chose to open with this, a pretty linear, albeit decent track. ‘Crossing the borderline, into the fire’ are the words that ring out, some sort of tension is built up as we anticipate a breakthrough. It comes with the second track, Soap on a Rope, a much funkier, energetic song that perhaps should have been switched with Avenida Revolucion. Musically, it possesses the characteristics of a Rage Against the Machine number – minus the rapping. Satriani pulls off a shredfest during his solo spot that’s not without construction and thought, basically it’s not all: how many notes can I play within the next few bars? The sequence of tracks 2-4 is the peak of the record. Sexy Little Thing and the first single Oh Yeah both excellent and enjoyable bluesy anthems. The riffs contained are simple yet effective. Unsurprisingly, these would become the three singles released.

Runnin’ Out and Get it Up are predictable tunes, plenty of cheesy lines from Hagar keep the mood light and Satriani’s solos are good but a little on the short side. The latter contains similar musical notions to the albums opener with some added Arabian spice. Before the album risks dropping into mediocrity, it is saved by Down the Drain. An instant highlight, the dark, heavy and sludge-like riff brings a welcomed essence of variety. The track clocks in at over six minutes and it would have been nice to have seen more in the way of improvisation from the band. Plenty of space for solo spots goes to waste in the rather linear blues monster. My Kinda Girl takes things back to catchy upbeat rock. Learning to Fall is the eventual ballad, the backing vocals during the chorus really elevate the mood before Satriani enters for a solo. Initial fears were that it would only last a few bars, fortunately it somewhat survives after the bridge, although forced into the background as Hagar continues to sing over the top.

Turnin’ Left contains some great funky riffage that would have best rounded off the album as opposed to Future in the Past. ‘Saving the best ‘till last’ doesn’t refer to the actual track that feels akin once again to the beginning of the record.

If anything should be said about this album it is that it’s energetic, upbeat and overall very enjoyable. Thanks to the production every member can be heard and every member, as expected, puts on a fine performance. It’s clear that the guys are having a good time doing what they’re doing and that rubs off on the listener, so this record will only make you feel good. With near an hour of catchy tunes, it makes a great listen. Some issues with track numbering and the length of solo spots is all I can pick at here, other than that this is very good indeed.


Rating: [8/10]


1)      Soap on a Rope

2)      Down the Drain

3)      Oh Yeah


Reviewed by: Daniel Aston, 12/01/2010