Release Date: September 27, 2011
Record Label: eOne Music
I liked the first Chickenfoot album, but the chemistry seems a little off. The band was cranking out good tunes, but never really seemed to click together. Fast-forward two years with the release of Chickenfoot III and it sounds like these guys have been playing together as a group for several years. The chemistry has turned explosive.
Right off the bat the album smacks you in the face with the track “Last Temptation.” The song has more changes than a typical rock tune and a lot of classic Joe Satriani tone. From here the bands leads into “Alright, Alright” which has great 70’s feel and structure.
Under the helm of producer Mike Fraser, Chickenfoot III has a good range of sounds to keep things from getting sterile. “Different Devil” has a modern mainstream pop-rock sound while “Something Gone Wrong” has a classic acoustic western feel. I can’t recall ever hearing Sammy Hagar sing this well, and the variety really helps keep the album moving.
Other stand-out tracks from this album include “Lighten Up” with its weirdly awesome intro that evolves into a massive and solid rock tune. “Up Next” may be my favorite track on the album with killer Satriani guitar riffs and even more spectacular vocal harmonies from Hagar and Michael Anthony. “Big Foot,” the album’s first single, is another great riff-driven tune, while “Dubai Blues” will grab you with it’s bluesy rock sound.
Chickenfoot III is a great album. I could listen to this stuff all day.
- “Last Temptation”
- “Alright, Alright”
- “Different Devil”
- “Up Next”
- “Lighten Up”
- “Come Closer”
- “Three and a Half Letters”
- “Big Foot”
- “Dubai Blues”
- “Something Gone Wrong”
- “No Change (Hidden track)”