With this album not only have I crossed off the last one from 1970, but also listened to the band that Lily Allen makes reference to as being God’s favourite. I guess I’m going to have to disagree on that one as, to be honest, there was nothing in this album that made a lasting impression on me.
It’s incredibly impressive that CCR were able to release five albums in the space of two years and have their fifth be the most critically beloved. It’s equally impressive that on this album they serve a taste of a number of genres. Just to give the first three that come to the top of my head:
- There’s an obvious soul inspiration with their cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ which really should not have been over 11 minutes long.
- There’s country rock in tracks like ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’
- Closing track ‘Long As I See The Light’ really makes me think of the psychedelic rock of Procal Harum.
So what this album actually feels like is an interesting catalogue of the different musical styles that had hit the white mainstream at the end of the 1960s and would still be felt into the early 1970s. However, I heard better versions of all these things as I have been traversing the albums and songs lists.
There is no question that, in making Cosmo’s Factory, Creedence Clearwater Revival really showed their competency in a bunch of genres. However, at least for me, that’s pretty much where it ends. It’s an interesting and varied album, but there isn’t enough to keep me interested enough to go in for multiple listens.