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Dangerous thing, supergroups. Either wild success or abject failure. Strangely, Chickenfoot are neither. Comprising ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar (vocals) and Michael Anthony (bass), guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers/Glenn Hughes drummer Chad Smith, one could be forgiven for expecting layers of groove, stellar guitar playing and wailing vocals. No one (except maybe the RHCP fans who don't know who the other three are) is likely to be 100% disappointed with the outcome, but not entirely satisfied either. The band is everything hoped for on grooving rockers like Soap On A Rope, Get It Up and Turnin' Left and Future In The Past, but elsewhere My Kinda Girl is very ordinary AOR, Learning To Fall is average ballad with an excellent Satriani solo and one or two other standard rockers are largely forgettable (Sexy Little Thing, Runnin' Out). Lead track Oh Yeah and opener Avenida Revolucion are a little of both, with more straight-forward riffs and catchy choruses. The stand-out performance on the disc is Satriani's, who lights up even the most boring songs with the kind of playing fans would expect, and probably 60% of the album is good, fun rock 'n' roll, only let down in three or four cases. Pick the best, throw some classic rock covers in, and between these four veterans the live show is sure to be a treat, though. Look out for the unique heat-sensitive packaging too.
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