Juan Gabriel is one of the most prolific and celebrated songwriters in Mexican history, so that might have something to do with how weird it is to hear him take on a country rock classic in a style he’s not very used to performing.
Juanga has decided to cover Creedence Clearwater Revival’s perennial hit “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” in his characteristic grandiose style. But he doesn’t make it his own; rather, he adds his signature to the established sound of Creedence. Translated to “Gracias Al Sol,” the song hilariously becomes a ditty about mild weather (he remains on brand, though; these lyrics reflect one of his favorite topics), and he really belts it even if he can no longer reach high notes. It also features some lofty string arrangements that would make Marco Antonio Solis proud. Overall it’s strange, funny, and a little life-affirming, so we’re confused.
The song will be featured on a forthcoming Latin tribute to CCR called Quiero Creedence, set to drop on July 29. The tribute album will also feature El Tri, Los Lobos, Enjambre, Bunbury, Juanes, Los Lonely Boys, and more (are they still taking suggestions for who should appear on the album? We might have some).