John Fogerty

Déjà vu All Over Again

This ain’t swamp rock, but the songs on John Fogerty’s new album, a mixture of traditional folk and rock, have their own charms. Some are confections—literally: “Rhubarb Pie” and “Sugar, Sugar” could be nice campfire singalongs. One of the high points is “Nobody’s Here Anymore,” an indictment of our techno-savvy but inhumane culture, which has Mark Knopler joining Fogerty for a nifty two-lead-guitar sound. The title song is an incredible take on current events, with the trademark Fogerty sound. It’s the perfect bookend to “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” and “Fortunate Son,” his anthems from the last unpopular war. If there were any justice—and if radio stations didn’t have their playlists predetermined by corporate suits—we’d be hearing “Deja Vu (All Over Again)” every time we flipped the dial.