Revival review by John Fogerty

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  • Released: Oct 2, 2007
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (15 votes)
John Fogerty: Revival

Sound — 8
John Fogerty, best known for his unique singing voice and rhythm guitar playing for the band CCR, released Revival in October 2007. The record stays true to that swampy, boogie-style rock that made CCR so famous in the 1960s and early 1970s. There are plenty of great lead lines punctuating Fogerty's singing (Creedence Song is a tour de force of blues guitar fury) and the drums and bass stick to that tight rock n' roll niche that his fans expect.

Lyrics — 9
Fogerty really outdid himself on the lyrics for this album. The first single, "Don't You Wish It Was True", is packed with social commentary and personal memories. A master of the protest song, John Fogerty revisits the powerful anti-war song-style perfected with the days of "Fortunate Son" with the tunes "Long Dark Night" and I Can't Take it No More". My favourite set of lyrics comes from "Creedence Song," the way that the words come out sound like he's pissed off at people only caring about his CCR songs/years! John's a fabulous singer, his gritty tenor outline all his lyrical ideas from start to finish. He still writes and plays like no time has passed in his career, giving his original fans (like myself) the wonderful oppurtunity to enjoy the past but live in the present.

Overall Impression — 8
Revival was my favourite record of 2007. Key tracks are "Gunslinger", "Don't You Wish it Was True", and "Long Dark Night", but skip over "It Ain't Right". I love the record, but I really dislike the packaging. I can't stand the flimsy cardboard case that they chose to use, it always seemed to me that maybe the cover could rip off too easy or something. If anybody stole this album, I buy it again for sure. It's a great buy, especially because summer is coming up and you can't get anymore summer than John Fogerty/CCR!

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    If it's true that he's pissed off at people stuck on his work with the Mighty CCR, why would he name his new piece of work "REVIVAL"?
    damskippy wrote: If it's true that he's pissed off at people stuck on his work with the Mighty CCR, why would he name his new piece of work "REVIVAL"?
    He was actually just annoyed with his earlier work because he got ripped off by his record company which was why his solo work was not very CCR-like. He actually likes his swampy sounds better, he just says that he "had a little guy in his head that popped up whenever something sounded like CCR and said, 'Don't do that!' but fortunately he got rid of that".
    Savage Animal
    this cd is pretty good but i don't think anything he does now can compare with what he did in CCR