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    Default Ultimate Classic Rock's Chickenfoot, III Album Review

    True to lead singer Sammy Hagars recent promises, Chickenfoots new album III finds the rock supergroup expanding their sound considerably beyond the range of their slightly awkward self-titled 2009 debut.

    Of course theres a fair share of Zeppelin-inspired stomp to be had on III, but the band also tries out a few surprisingly direct heartland-style rock songs, as well as a sultry, R&B-influenced bedtime come-on, during the records compact 45-minute running time.

    Not everything fits together perfectly, but an impressive amount of the material connects in a very strong manner, and its clear that the time the band spent touring together in support of their first album has resulted in a much more cohesive sense of chemistry.

    For one thing, who knew Joe Satriani could be this much fun, or fit so well into a band dynamic? Every minute you turn around on this record, the instrumental guitar whiz is up to something creative that legitimately contributes to the song in question, without ever overstaying his welcome or overshadowing his bandmates.

    He heads deep into Physical Graffiti territory on the albums standout track, Dubai Blues. As Hagar lays it on extra-thick, even for him, in the role of a lovestruck billionaire sheik, Satriani busts out an ever-evolving series of funk-heavy hard rock riffs while bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith percolate away in double-time underneath. As the song builds to its impressively complex and compelling climax, you realize Chickenfoot wont easily be swept under the rug when the mighty Van Halen returns to the airwaves.

    Its now extra-interesting that Chickenfoot chose former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff as Smiths temporary replacement on drums, because a few of these songs album closer Something Gone Wrong, the impressively textured and touching Different Devil, and to a lesser degree, the straight-ahead guitar-pop of Alight abandon hard rock convention altogether in favor of the more rootsy, country and blues-influenced sound of songs like Paper in Fire and Check it Out.

    By far the biggest, and most successful stretch on the record, though, is the flat-out soulful, world-weary romantic plea Come Closer. It features perhaps the slinkiest bass line ever from Anthony, and an subtle, exotic and hypnotic chorus guitar figure from Satriani. Hagar demonstrates a natural, impressive confidence in his weathered but not weakened voice as he begs his partner to make time for him during their busy days.

    What about the rock, you say? Its covered. If youre reading this, youve most likely already fallen for Big Foot. Well, hes got a couple of worthy brothers on III, most notably the twisting riffs and gang-shouted vocals of Up Next, and the Deep Purple-referencing introduction and cant wait to see it live breakdown of Lighten Up.

    There are some slight sour notes. The rhythm section builds up a big head of steam (think Pleasure Dome) as Hagar reads letters from victims of the economic decline on the verses of Three and a Half Letters, but the simplistic chorus doesnt drive the message home as convincingly. Also, for the second time Chickenfoot opens with less than their most melodically-grabbing tune, in this case the lurching but slightly clunky Last Temptation.

    Regardless, overall Chickenfoots III finds a creative and hungry group of experienced and talented musicians making a loose and surprisingly wide-ranging album full of songs that we cant wait to see performed live.

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    Sounds like its going to be better than the first cd.
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    sounds like a mixed bag, like the 1st album. A few pretty good/good songs and that's it.
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    Sounds like new music is fucking coming our way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZORBA5150 View Post
    sounds like a mixed bag, like the 1st album. A few pretty good/good songs and that's it.
    Really? Sounded to me like he enjoyed 8/10 of the album. 80% a damn fine rating, far from a mixed bag.

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    Sounds pretty awesome. When I buy a CD and 8 songs out of 10 are good or great, consider me pleased.

    Of course, you could always say "oh the reviewer didn't say Sam's lyrics compare favorably to Walt Whitman poetry, it's a mixed bag..."
    I would expect some of this on this site, knowing some of the usual suspects.
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    I am really looking forward to the full versions of all of the songs. Most were not long enough for Satch's solos to make an appearance. I'm with Zachenfoot, I can't wait.
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    Well, though it's good to hear a positive review, I still think it's just one man's opinion. Fuck critics, I say. If the review was negative, I wouldn't care either.

    Looking forward to having my own feelings on this album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    Looking forward to having my own feelings on this album.
    There it is.

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    Unless he's better on guitar than Mark Tremonti, his opinion is worthless.

    . While descriptions like "surprisingly direct heartland-style rock songs"
    produced a reflexive facepalm, some of the other descriptions sound cool. I'm
    hoping it is more textured and dynamic, like he infers, but am not looking
    forward to any John Cougar Chickencamp.

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    Have you heard the samples? I don't think there's any risk of Sam adding "Cougar" as his middle name any time soon.
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    It's funny that the critic picked out Last Temptation as one of the less good songs. I think it may be my favorite based on the 90 second samples - the chorus is so catchy.

    I'm a bit worried about Three and a Half Letters. Sam reading letters as the versus doesn't sound like something that you can listen to many times. Sounds like a potential skipper.
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