"Chickenfoot" will probably go down in the history books as the silliest name for a rock band. If this eponymous debut album is anything to go by, this could be the undisputed rock supergroup collaboration of 2009.
What happens when you take one of the top five ranked electric guitarists on the planet (Joe Satriani), put him in a room with one of the best rock bass guitarists (ex-Van Halen 'Michael Anthony'), partner him up with the second lead vocalist of Van Halen (Sammy Hagar), and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer, Chad Smith?
It's a no brainer; you get one of the hottest rock'n'roll albums of the year.
What really works on this album is the rawness of the production and the amazing mix of guitars, vocals and drums, performed by some of the best players at the top of their game. With the production helmed by Andy Johns (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin), the songs put a bolt of lightening down your spine and kick thunder to the max.
Stand out tracks like "Soap on a Rope", "My Kinda Girl" and "Oh Yeah"
illustrate we're in the company of musicians who are taking no prisoners.
It's refreshing to see Satriani taking a break from his instrumental guitar solo work for a "band collaboration" led by one of the greatest rock singers of all time (Hagar).
The album comes in head sensitive packaging which means when you touch the CD inlay, photos of the band will start to appear. All that seems to be missing is the limited edition tour edition Day-Glo poster!
Rock enthusiasts, who are into AC DC, Bad Company, Van Halen, Chili Peppers, Joe Satriani, vintage Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and GNR, will see this album as the next best thing to Jesus Christ sporting shades, smoking a cigarette and holding a guitar.
This could be the best album Van Hagar never made.