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Chickenfoot: Chickenfoot

OK, let's forget Sammy Hagar's initial statement that Chickenfoot's music is going to remind people of classic Led Zeppeln...Page and Plant and crew it ain't, but the end results are quite good for this new supergroup. Upon first glance, one would think that Chickenfoot, comprised of Hagar, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, might come across as an ego soaked excuse for excess, but in fact that couldn't be further from the truth. This is a true band effort from start to finish, their self-titled debut a reminder of what a classic hard rock album should sound like. Remember those early Van Halen records, or the classic material of bands like Humble Pie, Montrose, UFO, and Thin Lizzy? Not only did they rock hard, but the music was fun to listen to, and the kind of stuff you could easily crank up in the car or at a party and get anyone listening totally into it. That's the same kind of feeling you'll get here, as Chickenfoot have delivered eleven songs that show a band having a great time together and really clicking with each other.

First track "Avenida Revolution" is a heavy rock gem, packed with sizzling guitar licks from Satch and a great vocal from Sammy. Nice to hear Anthony's bass high in the mix, and Smith shows he's no mere funk drummer. "Soap On a Rope" is a fun hard rock 'n' boogie tune, sure to become a favorite at your next keg party or BBQ, fueled by plenty of fun lyrics sung by Sammy and some chunky guitar riffs courtesy of Satriani.The obvious radio hit here is "Sexy Little Thing", a real catchy number that is the closest thing here to Hagar's days with Van Halen, complete with a great chorus and some varied textures from Satriani. Let's not forget the strong backing vocals from Michael Anthony, an element that will no doubt be missed in the current incarnation of Van Halen. "Oh Yeah" and "Running Out" are two fun bluesy-metal type pieces, certainly not the strongest songs in this set but fun to listen to, and they pave the way for the real scorcher here, "Get It Up". This one is a dramatic, heavy number, Hagar and Anthony layering in the vocals, fueled by heavy riffs and pounding drum work, Sammy screaming "Get it On, Ariba, Ariba, All Night Long, Get It On!" at the top of his lungs. Satch's solo is breathtaking on this number, and for a few bars he almost sounds like Uli Jon Roth from his classic work with the Scorpions.

"Down the Drain" is a slower, grinding, bluesy hard rock piece, Satch again digging deep for some inspiring guitar work, and "My Kinda Girl" is another radio friendly tune that allows Hagar to lay down his vocal charm. The ballad "Learning to Fall" follows, showing that these guys can write an effective tear jerker as well as crank out heavy rockers, and it's another vehicle for Hagar's confident vocals. The CD closes with the funk-metal track "Turnin' Left" and the rootsy "Future Is the Past", two strong cuts that show the diversity that these four musicians bring to the table.

Super groups such as this don't always deliver or live up to expectations, but Chickenfoot certainly have on this debut. The band have honed in on what we all loved from the 70's hard rock groups, and have made a fun album filled with memorable songs that rock and rock hard. Satriani fits right into the group atmosphere, and those who might have tired of his instrumental offerings will love his display of riffs, textures, and solos here, none of which are excessive and perfectly fit into these songs. Hagar still can sing with the best of them, Anthony's backing vocal harmonies are here as well as his solid bass grooves, and Smith shows some true rock firepower on his kit.

Chickenfoot have arrived people, just in time for summer, so start celebrating!

Track Listing
1. Avenida Revolution 5:56
2. Soap On A Rope 5:31
3. Sexy Little Thing 4:14
4. Oh Yeah 4:53
5. Runnin' Out 3:51
6. Get It Up 4:40
7. Down The Drain 6:16
8. My Kinda Girl 4:34
9. Learning To Fall 5:12
10. Turnin' Left 5:47
11. Future Is The Past 6:38

Added: June 18th 2009
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1684
Language: english

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Chickenfoot: Chickenfoot
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-06-18 06:46:54
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Chickenfoot you say? Chickenfoot? Yeah I admit that it sounds a little bit weird but what's in a name when it comes to Rock & Roll anyway these days when in the end all that matters is the music that gets put out there. If you haven't been paying attention to what this actually is well let me update you for a moment. Chickenfoot is the latest super group to hit the music scene and its comprised of Joe Satriani (guitar), Sammy Hagar (vocals), Michael Anthony (bass) and Chad Smith (drums) and based on all of these players previous efforts being so high on the musical food chain one can only imagine what was expected of their opting to work together in this band. So what did we get? Was it a cluster of cacophonous notes and frenzied melodies that went every which way imaginable or was it something greater? Well I am happy to report that what came of this project was an absolutely kick ass Rock album that showcased everyone's abilities par excellence and showed that they are so good at what they do that when one listens to the self titled debut it sounds as if they had been working together for a lot longer than they had.

Taking it apart by each individual musician I would have to say how incredible Joe Satriani sounds in the context of a band that is playing this kind of Hard Rock and Roll. This is far different from his wide traveling guitar forays with their hundreds of notes per minute solos that we have grown so used to from him over the past years of his career. I had to admit that it was really cool to hear this other side of his playing. Sammy Hagar sounds better than ever and this project is many steps above his latest solo studio effort if you asked me. The Red Rocker will not disappoint any of his fans with what he is doing on this one without a doubt and he hardly seems anything close to his age with the level of rocking that he is delivering with the guys. The bass lines of Michael Anthony are as solid as expected but its those soaring high note backing vocals that shine like a beacon for the musician and it will have everyone who hears them saying to themselves "Eddie fired you why??". Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers really did a terrific job of not only being the percussive glue of the project but also by being a drummer adept enough to lead the musicians into a number of directional grooves across the album. There are hard rocking tracks, slower and poignant tunes and bluesy explorations that are sure to not only have something for everyone who listens to the release but also will show just how well these styles work together.

A clear single comes via "Sexy Little Thing" and that's got a pumping groove but it is "Soap On A Rope" that really kicks some ass early on especially when it starts running into heavy territory. "Turnin' Left" has a slightly Van Halen feel to it, but there is very little VH anywhere else on the album. "Learning To Fall" is a wonderful ballad type of number that I think will appeal to a wide audience as well and "My Kinda Girl" just prompts the listener to sing along with the CD when it's turned up nice and loud. I had to say that I was impressed from the moment that this one started and must admit that I was rather skeptical based on the lineup, having wondered if this would be a mess as opposed to something shiny and worthy of support. The package is eco-friendly and very interesting as well and while the cover is jet black and bears only the Chickenfoot logo, this is actually heat sensitive ink that when touched by a warm finger or palm will reveal artwork and text. It was pretty cool when it came down to it. There is no booklet with lyrics though and that was the only downside that I was able to think of. Check this one out if you are someone who is longing for that traditional Hard Rock vibe as delivered by four fantastic musical icons.

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Chickenfoot: Chickenfoot
Posted by Robert M Lisanti on 2009-06-10 12:38:51
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Great review Pete!..I love this album I haven't stopped playing it since last of the better releases from the Hard rock genre this year. Sammy and Joe are great togther..should have done this years ago! Keep rocking!

Chickenfoot: Chickenfoot
Posted by ??? on 2009-06-07 12:38:28
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Redline entertainment has done a very good job getting this out there for $9.99 on sale and the heat sensitive ink was a very cool idea for the packaging. The music is awesome and straight to the point. Nothing deep here, but somehow very refreshing. It seems to me the better and more jovial side of Van Halen is here and with funkier drums! Not to mention that Joe Satriani can go places Eddie can only dream of and this is in spite of the fact that Eddie started his own pathology lab and cured cancer, but on the guitar, his miracle making is over.

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