Long Live The Foot!

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Nearly a year has passed since rock supergroup Chickenfoot–Sammy Hagar (vocals), Michael Anthony (bass), Joe Satriani (guitar), Chad Smith (drums)–released its second full length studio album.  In the time since the release of “Chickenfoot III”, this band has continued to make as many waves as its album.  “Chickenfoot III” picks right up where the band’s debut album left off.  It wastes no time, kicking right into gear with the album’s opener, ‘Last Temptation.’  [Sammy] Hagar and company show that they’re in prime form on this new release.

There’s no letting up from the band after ‘Last Temptation’ as the band launches right into the equally up-tempo, ‘Alright Alright.’  The band is a fully cohesive unit, not missing a single beat with this album.  Who would have ever thought that the band singing one simple word over and over again would be so much fun.  Go figure.  Somehow though, the band manages to ame doing just that something so fun.  So fun in fact, that it makes this song, one of the album’s best tracks.

As much fun as the band’s new album is, it does have a more serious moment on ‘Three and a Half Letters.’  This track comes across almost as a sort of spoken word piece, with Hagar reading letters about people who have lost their jobs and singing.  While it’s not outright, being that the song is included in this album, and that the album was released when it was, this is a direct reflection of the current job market and economic state of the country.  It is easily the single most powerful piece on the entire album. 

‘Three and a Half Letters’ is a truly powerful song.  It’s one song taht will leave a lasting impression for any listener.  While it makes for a great addition to the overall sequencing, audiences are brought back from the seriousness of the world right after that in another of the album’s best songs in ‘Big Foot.’  It brings listeners back to the fun that opened the album in ‘Last Temptation.’  There’s never an easy way to transition from the serious issue of unemployment to something happier.  That’s even the case here.  But Chickenfoot is deserving of some credit for making the attempt.  That’s because along with ‘Dubai Blues’, ‘Big Foot’ helps to ease lisenters back to a more positive mindset.

“Chickenfoot III” offers fans so much great material.  But the music isn’t the only star of this album.  The inclusion of old school 3-D glasses to check out the pictures and “hidden” information on the included cards makes for a fun little experience in itself.  All said, Chickenfoot III is an excellent album from one of modern rock’s greatest supergroups.  One can only hope that with each members’ main projects, fans will still see another Chickenfoot album sooner rather than later, as great as this album and its predecessor are.

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New Feel Good Mixtape Will Make Listeners Feel Good

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Metal/Post-Hardcore and rap/hip-hop are two entirely separate entities in the music world.  So when one thinks of a rocker trying his hand at the rap world, the first thought would be that doing such likely wouldn’t be a good idea.  But on the new mixtape release from his rap/hip-hop project, Feel Good!,  former This Day Will Tell bassist Robby Tucker shows that it is possible for a rocker to enter a wholly different world and succeed.

“Weekend Life” is a surprisingly solid outing for Tucker, boasting more than enough material to please any basshead and beat lover.  Add in a largely positive lyrical vibe, and this release will be even more of a fan favorite.  It should be noted however, that there is more than enough foul language to qualify this release for a parental advisory sticker.  In other words, while it is a lyrically positive release, it’s not exactly kid friendly.  One of the more uplifting pieces on “Weekend Life” comes in the form of ‘Before The Show’.  Tucker writes here, “My life is constant celebration/Drinks are always pourin’/Yeah, you should hear it inside my heart/It sounds like lions roarin’/I couldn’t be happier/The sun even looks like it’s shining brighter/yeah, I’m so high on life/I don’t need smokes, like/here’s your lighter.”  The song continues on in this fashion.  And combined with the solid beats backing it, it stands out as one of the best tracks on the release.

‘Shiny and New’ is another high point to “Weekend Life.”  It’s a good opener, boasting a sound similar to the likes of Kanye West, Common, or even other rappers of that ilk.  The old school style music backing Tucker’s vocal stylings, along with the guest vocals would lead any casual listener to believe that Tucker’s a seasoned veteran to the rap game.  The album’s closer, ‘Something Like Jazz (Daydreamin’)’ is just a solid closer as ‘Shiny and New’ is an opener.  Just as ‘Shiny and New’ gives listeners an easygoing open, ‘Something Like Jazz (Daydreamin’)’ leaves listeners with an easy feeling after taking them on a musical and lyrical journey.  All combined this release proves that it is possible for an artist in one genre to try his hand at something entirely different.  And in those rare cases such as this, that attempt to branch out has proven successful.  It’s a record that both rap fans and fans of his former group, This Day Will Tell, will enjoy, too.

“Weekend Life” is available now.  It can be downloaded at http://www.mediafire.com/?1te84k5yh6qckkw.  And to get all the latest on Robby Tucker and Feel Good, go online to http://www.facebook.com/Feelgoodofficial.

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