Sound — 9
The infamous Chickenfoot finally puts out their CD. By now all of the hype has probably hit you in the face so many times you're getting bruised from it. Well I'm here now to let you know that some of those hits in the face are ones that this band earned. I was constantly reminded that this band of old men are putting out an album soon at Best Buy via advertizements all over the place, and one night I saw them on the Tonight Show and finally broke and said "Who the hell are these guys?" Well it turns out those guys are the fairly impressive lineup of Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen vocalist), Joe Satriani (world renowned guitar guru), Mike Anthony (ex-Van Halen bassist) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer). The lineup sounds impressive, especially if youre a Satriani diehard or a Van Halen fan and I feel that they hold up fairly well against the expectations out of them. Hagar himself described the new band as something that takes a lot of pages out of Zeppelin's book. He certainly didn't lie. The band is best described (in my oppinion) as a mash-up of Led Zeppelin, Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Montrose (Hagar's old band) and Van Halen. The music is definitely guitar driven with good vocals on top(especially considering Hagar is 61 years old). If only Robert Plant sounded that good, and Plant is a year younger than Hagar. Joe Satriani is a guy who can "out-Van Halen" Van Halen, and shines in every aspect of his trade. He writes some catchy riffs, does some really great solos and seemed to nail everything production wise. The album sounds a bit gritty, but it is in a classic rock style so its forgiveable. A bit nostalgiac, even. The bass and drums however as I hear them aren't really anything to write home about. They sound like Zeppelin or any random 70's or 80's band you can think of. They get the job done. Reguardless of generic drumming and zombie bass playing, the music is definitely catchy. The songs themselfs are a little long for radio in some cases (a lot around 6 or 7 minutes) and give you the feeling that Chickenfoot is really just a jam band with lyrics written over the sessions they had.'m here now to let you know that some of those hits in the face are ones that this band earned. I was constantly reminded that this band of old men are putting out an album soon at Best Buy via advertizements all over the place, and one night I saw them on the Tonight Show and finally broke and said "Who the hell are these guys?"
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are that of... again... a traditional 1980's band. As much as I hate to say it, they're bland. The lyrics are probably the bands weak point. Hagar does a great job singing and that is pretty much the only reason they don't sound totally dumb when listening to them. But if you listen really close or read the lyrics, it makes me wonder how much time they really spent on them. And that kind of ties into my whole "Jam Band" theory of them basically playing some music in the studio, seeing what felt good then writing lyrics on top. I'm sure it didn't really go down like that, but that's the feel you get from it. The lyrics aren't incompetant, but they're uninspiring. I'm hoping their next album will fix that. I'm always in the mood for a good concept album, or some lyrics about the behavior of the author. (Keep doing what you're doing Tool & Mastodon.)
Overall Impression — 8
As I mentioned before, different favorite rock bands of the 70's and 80's and a tiny bit of 90's can be heard throughout the album. But, it's not really a copycat band because they blend it nicely. The only lackluster song I really found was their single 'Oh Yeah'. Nothing says "I want to be like Quiet Riot/Twisted Sister/ACDC" like repetetive lyrics about absolutely nothing. And don't get me wrong, I like those bands in their own way, but they're called Classic Rock because it's something that's been left in the past. I find that a lot of todays bands have evolved the lyrics to be more than just sentences that rhyme. The lyrics "Don't forget to bring your rockin' shoes" or maybe even "Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah" hang in my head just like "I wanna rock, ROCK. I wanna rock, ROCK. I want-to-rock, ROCK." Let's move on, shall we? Other songs like 'Down The Drain' aren't too bad and are a little bit smarter. But lyrical issues asside, I actually love the songs 'Soap on a Rope' and 'Down The Drain'. I'm the kind of person where guitar alone can do it for me (one of the main reasons I'm registered to this website). The vocals help a lot too because it seems like an extension of older bands that I had wished made more material. I love the gritty production, most of the guitar and vocal work itself, but I'm just not a huge fan of the lyrics. I think with some more time spent on the next album (yes I am hoping for a new one) they can fix that issue. If this album were stolen or lost, I'd definitely buy another one considering it only cost $12 from BestBuy. Well worth the price in my oppinion. So if you guys are into some really good composition with a classic feel, inspired guitar solos with some vintage vocals; Chickenfoot is for you.