Deja Vu All Over Again

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
John Fogerty has never been one of rock's fastest workers, but as this long-awaited disc proves, he's certainly got a handle on timeliness. That's amply evident in the unsparing message and cutting melody of the disc's title track, a chillingly precise piece that parallels the current situation in Iraq with that of Vietnam in the '60s, as Fogerty draws on the same sort of workingman's ethos that he conveyed so well during his days with Creedence Clearwater Revival. The ten-song disc isn't purely a political screed, however, and Fogerty allows himself to indulge in both sociological commentary as he does on the garage-styled "She's Got Baggage" and homespun ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
John Fogerty has never been one of rock's fastest workers, but as this long-awaited disc proves, he's certainly got a handle on timeliness. That's amply evident in the unsparing message and cutting melody of the disc's title track, a chillingly precise piece that parallels the current situation in Iraq with that of Vietnam in the '60s, as Fogerty draws on the same sort of workingman's ethos that he conveyed so well during his days with Creedence Clearwater Revival. The ten-song disc isn't purely a political screed, however, and Fogerty allows himself to indulge in both sociological commentary as he does on the garage-styled "She's Got Baggage" and homespun philosophizing like the aw-shucks reel "Rhubarb Pie". The bulk of the tunes are marked by a stark simplicity; there's little if any studio sheen on tracks like "I Will Walk with You" -- featuring guest guitarist Mark Knopfler -- and this serves to heighten the material's immediacy. It's also telling that, despite the immediately recognizable tone of Fogerty's voice, there's less overtly Creedence-inflected material here than on any of his previous solo albums, which lends a tinge of irony to the disc's title. There's nothing remotely ironic, or otherwise detached, about the contents, however, making it one of the more bracing classic rock listens of the season.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Fogerty is many things, but predictable is not one of them. His solo career has proceeded in fits and starts, with waits as long as a decade separating solo albums, and when the records did arrive, they could be as brilliant as Centerfield or as bewilderingly misdirected as Eye of the Zombie. There was no telling what a new Fogerty record would bring, but perhaps the strangest thing about his sixth studio album, 2004's Deja Vu All Over Again, is that it's the closest thing to an average, by-the-books John Fogerty album that he's released in his solo career. Unlike its immediate predecessor, the Southern-obsessed Blue Moon Swamp, there is no unifying lyrical or musical theme, nor was it released with the comeback fanfare of that 1997 affair. Instead, Deja Vu slipped into stores in September of 2004, and its sound was as low-key as its release. Fogerty handled the arrangements and production, and while it was recorded in a professional studio in L.A. with studio veterans like drummer Kenny Aronoff and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, the album retains a homemade feel, largely because the songs are so simple and modest. Deja Vu has a little bit of everything that fits into Fogerty's signature style -- revamped rockabilly "Honey Do," "Rhubarb Pie", swamp rock "Wicked Old Witch", old-fashioned rock & roll "Sugar-Sugar In My Life", choogling minor-key jams "In the Garden", sweet country-tinged acoustic tunes "I Will Walk With You", even a protest song in the vein of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" the title track, a truly effective effort in drawing parallels between Vietnam and the Iraq war. While the sound on these is a little too polished, these are enjoyable songs which are somewhat undercut by a handful of cuts that recall the flailing cluelessness of Eye of the Zombie: the empty hard rocker "She's Got Baggage," the odd disco
ew wave vibe of "Radar," and "Nobody's Here Anymore," where Fogerty sounds like an old fogy as he despairs about disconnected computer geeks with "a stash of Twinkies" and a bored kid in a classroom "listenin' to the rock star on a CD," when he'd be more likely to listen to rap on his iPod. These songs amount to minor bumps on a record that's otherwise pretty smooth sailing -- a relaxed, friendly collection of songs that reside comfortably within Fogerty's signature sound. At its core, it's more of a collection of songs than a unified album, and these songs are enjoyable, but modest. Apart from the title track, there are no major statements here, but there's enough craft and spirit to ensure that most Fogerty fans are bound to find several songs to actively enjoy on Deja Vu All Over Again.
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
A quick energizing ride.... While John Fogerty may leave you wanting more, that doesn't mean you're not satisfied.

A quick energizing ride.... While John Fogerty may leave you wanting more, that doesn't mean you're not satisfied.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498634684
  • Catalog Number: 000325702
  • Sales rank: 74,976

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Fogerty Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Pump Organ
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Billy Burnette Background Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion
Bob Applebaum Mandolin
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Benmont Tench Organ
Bob Britt Slide Guitar
Paul Bushnell Bass, Bass Guitar
Michael DeTemple Mandolin
George Hawkins Background Vocals
Mark Knopfler Guitar
Viktor Krauss Bass, Bass Guitar
Joel O'Brian Drums
Dean Parks Guitar, Slide Guitar
David Santo Bass, Bass Guitar
Aaron Plunkett Percussion, Spoons
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Arranger, Composer, Producer, Contributor, Art Direction, Audio Production
Jay Baumgardner Engineer
Ross Hogarth Engineer
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Joel O'Brian Programming
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Sergio Chavez Engineer
Bob Fogerty Cover Photo
Ken Takahashi Engineer
Andy Brauer Guitar Techician
Christine Sirois Engineer
Chuck Reed Mixing Coordinator
Mark Kiczula Engineer
Dan Certa Engineer
Julie Fogerty Art Direction
David Colvin Engineer
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