David Cooper | Vancouver, Canada | 09/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was CCR's final album with all four guys before Tom left. While it is not up there with Green River and Cosmos Factory, it still is a good album to listen to. Here is a breakdown of all the songs:
1) Pagan Baby - 6.5/10 - a ok rocker. Not one of their best for it is quite repetitive & a bit long, but still ok to listen to.
2) Sailor's Lament - 8/10 - John Fogerty always tried new things and this song is one. It is not a classic song, but still it is catchy & enjoyable to listen to.
3) Chameleon - 8/10 - I've heard this song is about Tom Fogerty. It is a hard-driving rocker and a bit better than Sailor's Lament.
4) Have You Ever Seen the Rain - 9.5/10 - The best song on the album. This is John Fogerty at his best and the band makes it a classic.
5) Wish I Could Hide Away - 8/10 - Another very underrated song. It seems Fogerty was feeling the strain of a band breaking apart and he delivers an emotional performance in singing this song.
6) Born To Move - 6.5/10 - Another subpar rocker. I felt the instrumental at the end too long and the song though catchy, lacks something. Maybe just too simple lyrically.
7) Hey Tonight - 8.5/10 - Another classic song. There is a reason this was a hit song; it is very good and still sounds great all these years later.
8) It's Just a Thought - 8.5/10 - A very reflective song that works very well.
9) Molina - 9/10 - I love this song. It is so catchy and has some great sax playing in it.
10) Rude Awakening #2 - 4/10 - It is too bad this album ends on such a poor song. One of the worst Fogery has written. It starts out ok, but then turns into a very tedious instrumental.
Despite the last song, this album is worth having. On a final note, the sound quality is wonderful. The remastering of the CCR albums blows away those old vinyl records & early CD versions."
(3.5 stars) CCR's oddity
finulanu | Here, there, and everywhere | 03/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is not anywhere near Cosmo's Factory, but it's still a dang enjoyable album when it's in the mood. It's also experimental - who'd have thought Creedence would go weird? There are plenty of horns and keyboards here, which is a rarity for a group who usually just went with standard four-piece rock. It doesn't always succeed, but the horns merge perfectly on a few tracks ("Chameleon"), and there's some pleasant jazzy organ soloing ("Born to Move") and lovelorn ballads ("(Wish I Could) Hideaway"; "It's Just a Thought") in addition to the two major singles. The one you definitely know is the touching "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?", a powerful social statement which I feel is the group's greatest song, while "Hey Tonight" is a great rocker, though it's a bit of an "Up Around the Bend" copy. Some of the experiment does get a bit overbearing, however. "Sailor's Lament" is pure suckage, ruined by too much of the horn section and two much of the backing vocals. "Rude Awakening #2" is one of the few inadequate moments in Creedence's canon, a psychedelic jam/sound collage that is just beyond the reach of this group. And while "Pagan Baby" wants to be a triumph of no-holds-barred rock, it's far too slow to be so, meaning it just comes off as a turgid, stomping disaster. These three songs are all big disgraces, and there is one generic rocker ("Molina"), but I enjoy a large part of this album."
When the music's loud, I can't get enough.
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 08/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At its time, this album seemed weaker than previous CCR albums. Maybe--but any record that encompasses the nearly punk starkness of "Molina" and the gorgeous yearning of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" is none too shaby."