Wrote a Song for Everyone
Sony MOST people’s voices get rougher as they get older but John Fogerty seems to have lost, or at least temporarily misplaced, some of the gravel edge of his Creedence Clearwater Revival days. However, his distinctive voice remains a powerful instrument and the change in no way detracts from this enjoyable romp through his back catalogue with a few mates, including Australia’s Keith Urban. It lacks the rawness and energy of CCR but the more mellow treatments are for the most part interesting and, of course, benefit from superior recording quality. The first track is an exception to the energy rule with a brilliant, fiery version of
Fortunate Son with Foo Fighters. It is aptly followed by an inspired duet with Urban on Almost Saturday
Night that highlights the vocal abilities of both singers. Fogerty produces some nice guitar licks on Mystic Highway and puts in another fine solo effort on Train of Fools. There’s a nice countrified version of Bad Moon Rising with the Zac Brown Band as well as a good, rolling rendition of Born on the Bayou with Kid Rock. An insipid version of
Long as I Can I See the Light with My Morning Jacket is the weakest track on the album, while a fascinating meeting of styles with Bob Seger on
Who’ll Stop the Rain is more Silver Bullet Band than CCR. The album ends with a combination of Louisiana gospel and brass as Fogerty teams with Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band on a version of Proud Mary that is enjoyable but still leaves Ike and Tina Turner reigning supreme.