Sunday, June 7, 2009

First Listen: Chickenfoot

So my birthday was Friday. I turned 35. Today I trundled down to Best Buy and bought my first CD as a 35-year-old. (Why Best Buy? Because they'd finagled another of their bloody exclusive release deals.) While paying for it, I chuckled at the irony: this album was made by people I liked when I was 16.

Yes, it's Chickenfoot, the "supergroup" made up of Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Joe Satriani, of 500 instrumental guitar-shredder albums. (Satch is a bit more famous these days for suing Coldplay than for anything he does on the six-string, sadly.) This sounds exactly like you'd expect, given the participants: it's mid-tempo, mostly bluesy rock, with a lot of flailing solos. The songs have titles like "Oh Yeah," "Sexy Little Thing" and "My Kinda Girl." It is exactly what you think it is.

It's not monumentally bad, but it is kind of typical, and gets fairly boring by the end. The songs are all too long, because Satriani has to solo (and solo, and solo, and solo...), but if you like sleazy, blues-based rock, this will give you what you're looking for.

Favorite song on first listen: "Avenida Revolution."

1 comment:

  1. I love this album! From the reviews it's getting, it will be a guilty pleasure for me. Great american hard rock ala Van Halen and AC/DC. It's the perfect rock album for a summer road trip or a to play at a party or on a boat. I don't go to parties and I'm never on boats, but I can only imagine this would be a great album to have cranked in those situations. Also, I disagree with you about it getting boring as it goes...I think the songs are consistant all the way to the end. I love the long solo's too. I think this album proves Sammy and Satriani both need to be part of bands.
    - dr tony shore