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Album Review: John Fogerty – Wrote A Song For Everyone

on June 12, 2013, 12:00am
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Released on John Fogerty’s 68th birthday, Wrote A Song For Everyone is a fresh spin on a dozen tunes from the Californian’s Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo days, plus two new tracks. Fogerty brings in the great and good from rock and country music for a series of cameo duets and string-driven duels. It’s an ambitious collection with its moments of excess, but overall the roots veteran pulls it off.

New song “Mystic Highway” sounds mined from almost any era of Fogerty’s long career. Its tale of a journey being uncertain but worthwhile in the end is a familiar theme, conveyed simply and directly with the small indulgence of an expansive instrumental midway. Vocally, Fogerty is at his best when he’s not trying to outperform the likes of Dave Grohl on the Foo’s supercharged rendition of “Fortunate Son” or Kid Rock on “Born On The Bayou”. He’s much more at ease paired with country crooner Miranda Lambert on The Band-like title track, enlivened by a searing  guitar solo by Rage Against The Machine axe-man, Tom Morello or when jamming with his two sons on the road-trip classic, “Lodi”.

The guitar playing is immaculate throughout, most notably when Fogerty trades licks with Brad Paisley on “Hot Rod Heart”. Elsewhere, Keith Urban adds his smooth vocal and banjo to a celebratory “Almost Saturday Night”. There’s one blot on the Fogerty landscape, the woefully construed Cajun-meets-gospel treatment of “Proud Mary” won’t go down as Jennifer Hudson or Allen Toussaint’s finest hour. Other than that, there’s plenty to simply appreciate about this record and some to love.

Essential Tracks:  “Mystic Highway”, “Almost Saturday Night”, and “Wrote A Song For Everyone”

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Rob Fusco
June 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

I agree with most of this review. I disagree, however, on your opinion of their take on Proud Mary. I love this version. Was never a big fan of the Tina and Ike Turner version. In fact, I’ve always hated it. This new version has a great vamp-y groove to it and, I think, warrants repeated listenings. There is something on this album to satisfy everyone, though. Fogerty’s still got it.

Rob Fusco
June 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

I wish someone had done a new version of “Down on the Corner”, though. A childhood favorite. I have a feeling there will be a “volume II”, however, as many great Creedence and Fogerty tracks were left off: Centerfield, Rock and Roll Girls, the aforementioned Down on the Corner, The Old Man Down the Road (a great track despite the stigma of the lawsuit), etc.