by Chickenfoot


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Supergroups are often motley groups seemingly formed at the end of an after-concert party but few are quite as strange as Chickenfoot, an endeavor featuring Van Halen's Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, guitar legend Joe Satriani, and drummer Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. These four musicians are tied together by their many years playing in the arena rock trenches, a circuit that doesn't necessarily yield common musical ground although it does lend its veterans a certain knack for pleasing crowds. This eagerness is evident on the band's eponymous 2009 debut, which should come as no surprise seeing that Sammy Hagar has never seen a party he couldn't rock, but this mentality doesn't quite jibe with Satriani's immaculate, tightly controlled playing. Satch always seems to want to burst out but can't help leaning on precision, a problem that's the polar opposite to Hagar's let-it-all-hang-out philosophy, and this dichotomy is mirrored in the rhythm section, where Anthony's chugging bass doesn't quite fill the gaps Smith leaves. All this means is that Chickenfoot's big picture is roughly in place but the pieces don't quite fit.

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Release Date: 06/08/2009
Label: Absolute Uk
UPC: 4029758975329
catalogNumber: 5897532
Rank: 53776

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Chickenfoot 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Stumptown-Johnny More than 1 year ago
While many current rock outfits are content to content to percolate as VW Jettas down the R'n'R interstate, enter Chickenfoot- the 426 Hemi alternative. With their brand of unapologetic, straight-ahead, pedal-to-the-metal arena music, Chickenfoot has succeeded in doing exactly what they intended. Well, did you come here to knit socks- or kick out the jams? Some reviewers have been critical of Sammy Hagar's over-the-top vocals, even to say excessive- but when has Hagar and moderation ever been used in the same sentence? He just can't drive 55. Chickenfoot showcases the guitar virtuousity of Joe Satriani, backed by Chad Smith's percussive barrage and Michael Anthony's sure, but steady bass lines. What culminates from this musical collective is a fun romp back to the days of early Montrose and Deep Purple. This isn't dark, brooding peaens of teenage angst- this is tequila fueled funk, with a kick-your-butt attitude. If you're looking for a band with meaningful, insightful lyrics, and complex production, you'll probably want to pass on Chickenfoot. But, if you want to get your party started, stick in this CD, turn up the decibels, and pass around the Cuervo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deep nasty grooves and sweet riffage. Sammy sounds down right electric on this beast of a record. Top notch cats playing it hard and heavy. Roll down the windows and turn it up to 11. Excellent first effort from this powerhouse summit meeting of rock heroes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hagar and Anthony are the Big Names behind this act. Aside from the track titled "Oh Yea" which has received large amounts of commercial air time, I find the rest of the CD to be much less than expected. This effort in my opinion is just alot of sound bending and a blending of not well defined musical themes. There appears to be alot of controlled improvisation .. although each musician definitely has the chops to perform at this level. Unless a listener is looking for a filler in their music library, I wouldn't recommend this one as a "Must purchase."
footpathcowboy More than 1 year ago
Chickenfoot's self-titled debut CD is a great leap forward musically for guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith, and a wonderful return to form for lead singer Sammy Hagar, whose last two solo CDs were at best mediocre and at worst awful. Satriani actually plays for the song here, Smith gets out of his Red Hot Chili Peppers style and just rocks out, and Hagar actually writes song lyrics that mean something. The music is a blend of 70s rock and futuristic guitar techniques, making this CD a must-own.
njprincess222 More than 1 year ago
Having been an avid Van Halen fan for 25 years, I hoped it would sound like a "new" Van Halen album with 1/2 the band formerly from Van Halen. It was NOT at all. No songs really struck me as awesome. There were no real rock ballads, like When It's Love, for example. It was real hard core. I was disappointed.
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