Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Everyone's favorite dinosaur rock supergroup returns with their second meaty offering, cheekily titled Chickenfoot III. It's a slight improvement over their shaky debut, which certainly had its moments, but suffered from too many "songs" comprised mostly of riff-laden jams with lazy lyrics thrown on top. This time there seems to be a more conscious effort to step up the songwriting, as evidenced by tracks like "Different Devil" and "Come Closer", which both manage to take the band in new and refreshing directions. Though lead single "Big Foot" is nearly a rewrite of the previous album's "Oh Yeah", much of III makes for a surprising successor, when it could have been a mere retread. However not all change is welcome, as proven by "Three And A Half Letters", which consists of Sammy Hagar reading letters written by unemployed fans, before bottoming out with a chorus consisting of him shouting "I need a job!" over and over again. It's surely an odd moment and the album's biggest misfire, perhaps proving that Chickenfoot are much better at throwing a party than clumsy attempts at social and political commentary.