is the new solo album by former Creedance Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, and his first on Fantasy Records since he left the band three decades ago. Those who don’t like CCR’s music or Fogerty’s previous solo material probably won’t like this either. Which indicates a questionable taste in music, but to each his own. Being the country gal that I am, I grew up listening to and loving CCR. Though I would have liked Revival
even more with a few more rockers, the ones that it does have blister plenty enough to elevate the rest.
“Don’t You Wish It Was True” starts thing off in a laid back, albeit wistful, mood with a steady strum and beat. The song is a kind of country cousin to “Imagine”, with the lyrics contemplating a dreamy peaceful world. But I prefer the Old West metaphors of “Gunslinger” and “Broken Down Cowboy”, which seem a much more comfortable fit for Fogerty.
“Long Dark Night” and “I Can’t Take It No More” are not only the best tracks on this album, they are probably the best rock songs I’ve heard all year. Fogerty’s voice has always been at its best in a growl or full wail, and nothing can thump a swamp like his guitar (with the possible exception of Reverend Peyton). The lyrics of both songs are the most overtly political of the album – the former calling out several members of the Bush administration with the kind of wry and snarky musings rarely heard in modern protest songs, and the latter aiming its wrath squarely at Dubya. Fogerty’s strength seems to lie in attacking warmongers, and these songs are the descendants of CCR’s “Fortunate Son”.
“It Ain’t Right” fires it up again, skewering the revolving rehab doors and endless parties of the current media princesses. Songs like “Summer Of Love”, “Somebody Help Me”, and Longshot” keep crunchin’ the rock to the end. I always love when an album goes out with a bang rather than a whimper.
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