Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked on Cosmo’s Factory – all of the songs bear the distinctive Creedence Clearwater Revival sound, but there’s just the right amount of diversity. ‘Up Around The Bend’ is arguably the heaviest song they recorded, ‘Who’ll Stop The Rain’ is jangly folk-rock, and the closing ‘As Long As I Can See The Light’ is beautiful and gentle, while they still retain their bluesy roots with material like ‘Before You Accuse Me’. It’s similar in feel to Willy and the Poor Boys, but there’s little throwaway material.
Indeed, Cosmo’s Factory is so packed with terrific songs that it feels like a greatest hits – you’ll probably know half of these songs from classic hits radio, like ‘Who’ll Stop The Rain’, ‘Up Around The Bend’, ‘Looking Out My Back Door’, ‘Run Through The Jungle’, and the epic cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The album tracks are all super solid as well – the opening ‘Ramble Tamble’ has a hypnotic groove, while ‘Ooby Dooby’ and ‘Travellin’ Band’ are propelled by raw energy.
Cosmo’s Factory was the peak that Creedence Clearwater Revival had been building towards. After this, it felt like group in-fighting took its toll and that John Fogerty’s wellspring of songs was depleted.