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John Fogerty
"Deja Vu All Over Again"

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Year of Release: 2004

track listing
  • Deja Vu
    (All Over Again)
  • Sugar-Sugar
    (In My Life)
  • She's Got Baggage
  • Radar
  • Honey Do
  • Nobody's Here
  • I Will Walk With You
  • Rhubarb Pie
  • Wicked Old Witch
  • In The Garden

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    "Deja Vu All Over Again"

    John Fogerty has been brilliant with the band that made him famous, Creedence Clearwater Revival, yet every one of his solo albums has also been superb and outstanding. His latest release in 2004, Deja Vu All Over Again may not easily be compared in sound to the Creedence years, as this album does stand out as a pure solo album.

    The title track could be a fit for his "comeback" solo release, Centerfield, most compared to the song "I Saw It On TV." "Sugar-Sugar (In My Life)" has a different approach, compared to both his CCR music and previous solo works. "She's Got Baggage" is a rocking song, but not necessarily compared to the CCR rockers; it does have somewhat punk fast rhythms (The Ramones' Rock n Roll Radio), yet it is John Fogerty Rock. "Radar" has a different atmosphere as well, as it has a mixture of Greg Kihn Pop and a slight reggae approach on the main verses.

    "Honey Do" does bring back a country hillbilly style, yet if Fogerty were to update to today's Americana style, "Nobody's Here Anymore" has the styles as artists such as John Mellencamp and John Hiatt. Fogerty's guitar style can also be compared to Mark Knoffler and Dire Straits. "I Will Walk With You" has a very mellow laid-back country bluegrass style. Bluegrass is also the style for "Rhubarb Pie," and could fit on his all bluegrass/country solo release Blue Ridge Rangers.

    If there is any resemblence to a CCR song, it would probably be heard on "Wicked Old Witch." The last song may be the least to listen to, as it seems to lose direction in trying to piece out the song.

    With the tile of Deja Vu All Over Again, it was hopeful that this solo release would be a return to Fogerty's CCR roots in sound and quality. Instead, it was a whole different approach, compared to the common sounds of CCR and his earlier solo albums. Although Deja Vu All Over Again is a good album, there are other Fogerty solo releases that are better, likewise the CCR studio releases. Fogerty's music has always been exceptional, except this album could have been just slightly better.

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