Music: High Tide on the Green River

After nine years, a great new record from John Fogerty

Along time coming. Too long, by any reckoning, to wait for a new record by a man who has written some of the clearest, most enduring songs in all of rock. But Centerfield, John Fogerty's first album since 1975, sounds as if he has never been away: out of time but never out of touch. His music always seemed timeless anyhow, torn out of some imaginary territory in rock's persistent musical past, and it always seemed natural. It still does. Only it has all come very hard.

In 1969, as the seminal force in Creedence Clearwater Revival, he sang, "The man...

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