I knew that I am a winner by buying this CD when my wife, 2 children and I saw it coming with 3D glasses that can be used to see 3D postcards of the band members and the front and back photographs on the CD itself. What a great concept this has been. All of us have enjoyed watching 3D pictures many many times already.
As regards the music, I have no qualms in saying that all the 4 guys have gelled in neatly. I was never a Van Halen fan. Never listened to Sammy and Mickey back then. I listened to only few select songs of Red Hot Chilly Peppers. However, Joe Satrani was an all time favorite guitarist and I listened to all his solo albums. I bought Chickenfoot only because of Joe and have not been disappointed. This has given me an opportunity to find out how talented Sammy, Michael, and Chad are who I had missed listening to before.
In this CD, Sammy reminds one of vocals of the 70s and 80s, Satriani, who sounded more subdued in the first offering, is much more expressive, Chad Smith is at his best, and Anthony is simply superb contributing his gruff back-ups several times. The hard rock numbers and ballads are all very impressive.
I wasn't expecting a CD from these guys that soon. Therefore, it has been a pleasant surprise.
My favorite songs, some of which are very unusual in delivery, are as follows:
4. Up Next: A groovey chord combinations by Satriani and great bridge with vocals from Anthoni.
5. Lighten Up
6. Come Closer: This is a ballad and makes your heart feel hurt a little. Satriani makes his guitar weep and whisper, Sammy's vocals with Micheals harmonies in the bridge stand out.
7. Three And A Half Letters: Very unusual song reflecting on current state of economy in the world. Sammy talks the verses but the verses are poetic indeed. He then thrashes out the chorus and reminds one of Slayer and Megadeath.
9. Dubal Blues: Great riffs and solos from Satriani. Michael's backing vocals are an additional treat.
10. Something Gone Wrong: Another slow / ballad song just before another poilitical number
11. No Change: It is a hidden tune and a hidden gem. It is extremely political, controvertial, and may raise few eyebrows, but is surely worth listening and pondering.