Album review: John Fogerty, Wrote a Song for Everyone (Columbia)


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Wrote a Song for Everyone finds John Fogerty revisiting his Creedence songbook in the company of rock and country guests, with a final nod to his imagined bayou roots on a "Proud Mary" bristling with cajun raunch and second-line New Orleans funk, courtesy of Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band.

It's one of the best things here, along with The Foo Fighters' rousing run through anti-privilege anthem "Fortunate Son", and Alan Jackson's wistful "Have You Ever Seen the Rain". Elsewhere, Kid Rock taps into the swamp-rock heart of "Born on the Bayou", Zac Brown Band bring a bluegrass hoedown spring to "Bad Moon Rising". But what's most intriguing is how raw, visceral and furious Fogerty sounds these days.

Download: Fortunate Son; Proud Mary; Have You Ever Seen the Rain