John Fogerty ‘Wrote a Song for Everyone' (Vanguard)
John Fogerty truly “Wrote a Song for Everyone,” which becomes brilliantly evident on his album of the same name. Whether he's matching rocking riffs with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl on a roaring rendition of “Fortunate Son,” or revving up the country twang with Brad Paisley on “Hot Rod Heart,” the tunes sound well-suited to either musical style.
Keith Urban brings the rural ring of banjo and some fancy guitar licks to the party on the upbeat and celebrative “Almost Saturday Night,” and Kid Rock helps Fogerty make the swamp water roll on a steamy, midtempo reading of “Born On the Bayou.”
California-based, Laurel Canyon-style roots-rockers Dawes join Fogerty in recreating the plaintive beauty of “Someday Never Comes,” and Bob Seger's throaty vocals blend handsomely with Fogerty's sad growl on the equally melancholy “Who'll Stop the Rain.”
The sweet sorrow keeps falling like a country shower when the former Creedence frontman teams with Alan Jackson on the fiddle- and steel guitar-laced “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” and Fogerty creates magnificently moody, folky cosmic blues with My Morning Jacket on the soul-searching “Long as I Can See the Light.”
Finally, Fogerty brings the best of both worlds together on the title song, an autobiographical weeper about a failing marriage, sharing lead vocals and harmonizing with Texas-bred, Oklahoma-based country belle Miranda Lambert, while indie-rocker Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) contributes a soaring, arena-size electric guitar solo in the middle of it all.
With a little help from this diverse crowd of friends, Fogerty has revisited, reworked and successfully recharged some of his best songs from the Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog and his independent work, in the process creating his best solo album since parting ways with CCR in 1972.
— Gene Triplett