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Looking at life through the rearview mirror was the inspiration for John Hiatt's brand new album, The Open Road, due out March 2, 2010 via New West Records. The legendary songwriter's 19th studio album is classic Hiatt, picking up the tempo and returning to rock following his previous critically acclaimed Same Old Man. Backed by his touring band, (Kenny Blevins on drums, Patrick ... Read more in Amazon's John Hiatt Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NEW WEST
  • ASIN: B008SVS3FC
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Loose 2012 album ... hot on the heels of 2011's "Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns"! Captivating gospel-blues 'n' sad-eyed folk from the evergreen US songsmith, on New West.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2012
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Something happened (that's almost the title of one of his songs) to John Hiatt when he recorded his album of last year, 'Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns - the perfect matching of great songs to excellent production, with the result of being one of his finest albums of this decade. Well, Hiatt reprises the same production team and his regular road band to come up with another winner with Mystic Pinball. Hiatt is singing better than ever, even though his voice is arguably rougher than before, but it's what he's singing that counts - a uniformly high lyrical standard is maintained, with moments of intense rocking contrasting to sweet balladry. It shouldn't work like this - that an artist this far (four decades) into a career can still deliver the goods. One of the best albums of 2012.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo27 on 27 Sep 2012
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His fourth new album in under five years. The older John Hiatt gets the faster he seems to churn them out. And yet this is another quality release, in fact probably his most consistent and cohesive album since his eighties heyday.

And this one sounds like a proper band album, rather than just the main man with a backing group in tow. Credit producer Kevin Shirley for that, probably. Rockers "My Business", "We're Alright Now", "You're All The Reason I Need" and "Bite Marks" plus the shuffling blues stomp "One of Them Damn Days" give the record its real teeth - the meaty guitar solos were doubtless Shirley's idea too.

The countryish "Give It Up" and "I Know How To Lose You" sound like they escaped from "Slow Turning" or "Stolen Moments" when no-one was watching, whilst "Wood Chipper" is a kind of "Trudy and Dave" for the 21st century, a dark tale of shady characters and hidden menace.

And there's still room for a couple of Hiatt's tenderest ever songs - "No Wicked Grin" and "Blues Can't Even Find Me".

Impressive and enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Huxley on 23 Oct 2012
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John Hiatt has always been a slight under-appreciated song-writer, and in fairness some of his recent albums have not been as consistent as his earlier work. This is a fantastic return to form, however. The songs burst with melodies and fine lyrics. This is as good as Tempest - but without the hype.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Burt on 21 Oct 2012
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What really encouraged me to buy this was the reviews, that fact the i own all of Hiatt's albums helped. After the 2nd listen i can honestly say it's the strongest album since Slow Turning. There are some great rock out moments and some beautiful tender moments. All in all one of the strongest releases from a legendary singer songwriter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Domestic Goddess on 8 Oct 2012
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With something like 25 albums since his debut in the early 1970's John Hiatt took some time to find his writing voice and style, but since the sublime Bring The Family and Slow Turning in the late 1980's through a succession of strong releases through the 1990's and early 2000's, Hiatt continues to excel and churn out high quality music and songs of quite breathtaking beauty (take as examples 'Have A Little Faith In Me' and 'Lipstick Sunset' from Bring The Family right through to 'Down Around My Place' from 2011's beautiful Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. Mystic Pinball could simply be an extension of Dirty Jeans and continues Hiatt's catalogue of excellence. If you have never taken the time to listen and explore Hiatt's music I can assure you the investment will be truly worthwhile. The man is a treasure and I for one rank him as one of the all-time greats that so few people this side of the water have heard of.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Comlay on 26 Sep 2012
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I've been listening to John Hiatt since I lived in the US in the late 80's and confess to have been a collector of bargain price deletions and anthologies - both vinyl and CD. Seeing him live in London a couple of months - Under the Bridge - fulfilled a long ambition. I've just bought 'Dirty Jeans' and 'Pinball Wizard' at full price - how I owe that to the guy - I'm greatly enjoying them both before even getting into the second listening of each. Great songwriting, excellent musicianship from the Combo, and that marvellous voice. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Outsider on 5 Oct 2012
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The Hiatt revivial goes up a notch with this stunning album from the senior songwriter (or songwriting senior). Improving on 2011's Dirty Jeans, Hiatt uses the same producer and back up band to create his best album since Crossing Muddy Waters. He seems to have woken up, knows what to write about, how to play, who to play with and who to listen to. The album sounds handmade, and ooozes taste in song selection, ordering of the tracks and how much guts to put into each vocal.

No duff tracks - that's right, maybe a first for Hiatt - all of the songs are at least good. It kicks off with a rousing 'We're Allright Now', then a biting show stopper, 'Bite Marks', and a powerful 'It All Comes Back Someday.' The funny 'Wood Chipper is topped by one of my faves -'My Business' - a gruff blues of wit and style. Slowing the pace, but not the quality is 'I Just Don't Know What to Say', then the fabulous 'I Know How To Lose You'. Just when the pace drops for 'You're All The Reason I Need', he powers back with 'One of them Damn Days' - another standout. 'No Wicked Grin' is tense and witty, 'Give it Up' another rouser, and the end track 'Blues Can't Even Find Me' contains the special self deprecation that Hiatt has long mastered.

The playing is immaculate. Kenny Blevins on drums again, Doug Lancio fabulous lead and slide, and Patick O'Hearn on bass all deliver the goods. The additional musicians never dominate the core. Hiatt's voice is definitely back - as on Dirty Jeans, producer Kevin Shirley records him and the band brilliantly. This is best produced album since Slow Turning and Bring the Family.

It's that good -no, it's that great. Seriously kick ass from one of the elder statesmen.
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