While the previous Creedence Clearwater Revival albums felt like a measured progression from a straightforward swamp boogie outfit to a classic rock hits machine, 1970’s Pendulum is markedly different from the band’s previous efforts. It’s much more sonically expansive – not surprising for an album where the songs weren’t written in advance, and the band spent more time in the studio than for any of their previous albums. The result of more studio time means the instrumental mixes are fuller – they use plenty of organ, which gives them a 1960s’ soul feel on songs like ‘Born To Move’
But song for song, Pendulum is weaker than any of their previous efforts. It does feature the well loved ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’, but the other single, the rocker’Hey Tonight’ feels a little perfunctory. The bluesy opener ‘Pagan Baby’ is one of the album’s best songs, and its one of the few songs from the albums that feels like it could have come from a previous Creedence Clearwater Revival record.
Tom Fogerty quit the band in frustration at not having his songs used after Pendulum, but the rest of the band held on for one more album.