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The Tiki Bar Is Open

John Hiatt Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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 (10 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marista
  • ASIN: B00005NHIJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Tiki Bar is Open, made on the cusp of John Hiatt's 50th birthday, is one of the most emphatic and compassionate albums of his career. Ever since he left his native Indianapolis for Nashville in 1970, John Hiatt has developed a formidable reputation as a songwriter, with Bob Dylan, The Neville Brothers and Roseanne Cash among those who have covered his compositions, but it's as a solo performer of his own material that Hiatt has really shone. Fearlessly autobiographical, he sings of current love in "Hangin' Round Here", past indiscretions in "Something Broken" and his sister's cancer battle on "Farther Stars". This is a great singer-songwriter writing from the heart; drawing from hard lessons of experience with the brilliant slide guitarist Sonny Landreth on hand to gild his vocals with tender longing on "My Old Friend" and stark fury on the murderous "I Know A Place". Age has undoubtedly strengthened rather than dimmed Hiatt's passion and acuity. --Gavin Martin

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tiki Bar Is Open! 13 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After the heart-rending melancholy of 2000's "Crossing Muddy Waters" John Hiatt returns with a much more up tempo album. Recorded with his old band The Goners, "The Tiki Bar Is Open" is a return to the style used to such great effect on previous albums such as "Walk On" and "Stolen Moments". Opening Track "Everybody Went Low" is Hiatt at his very best, powerful electric guitars and a soaring chorus, proving that the man is still a master in his field. As well as brilliant up-tempo rock songs, this album also includes a number of beautiful slower tracks, such as "Come Home to You" and "Something Broken" as well as a wonderful re-recording of "I'll Never Get Over You" (Previously released on 1993's "Perfectly Good Guitar"). The album ends with "Farther Stars", an epic which clocks in at over eight minutes long. Light, floating guitars seeming to levitate the song to somewhere in the stratosphere. Ragged and rocky in places, as well as being deep and beautiful, "The Tiki Bar Is Open" will not disappoint.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFULL ALBUM 3 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
John hiatt just seems to get better and better
Following his Crossing Muddy Waters Album,which
recieved outstanding reviews in the music press,
THE TIKA BAR IS OPEN is another diverse collection
of songs,in my opinion even better top marks all round.
Its a shame his record sales don't match the quality of his work
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to r 'n r 5 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had the chance to see John Hiatt live once and what struck was the ease, pleasure and craftsmanship with which he approached country from different angles: rock, blues, ballad, soul... He knows where he comes from and he knows how to incorporate tradition to take it further.
"The Tiki bar" is Hiatt's return to rock 'n roll. The opening track and "All the lilacs in Ohio" are my favourites: clever, straightforward, melodic, powerful rock songs. Then there's the dirty blues in "I know a place", and the soulful "Hanging around here" and "My old friend." "Farther stars" is a suprising last track, its ambient guitar layers stretching over 7 minutes, as if Mississippi got an hip update.
"Something broken" and his reprise of "I'll never get over you" simply do not appeal to me, they just sound a bit to slow, hence the 4 stars.
Still, this is a great Hiatt album. And if you are new to him and you like this one, check out the excellently rocking "Perfectly good guitar" as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hiatt back on rocking form! 17 April 2007
By 9ftneil VINE VOICE
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After the acoustic blues splendour of 'Crossing Muddy Waters' one of his finest albums Hiatt returns with a collection of wide open big hearted songs on 'Tiki Bar' that are guaranteed to blow your blues away. After so many years and so many albums it's wonderful to hear Hiatt still producing the kind of melodic rock and roll that thrilled us all back in the '80s with the likes of 'Tennessee Plates'. The production is huge with layers of acoustic guitars flooding across the rock solid rhythms and upfront electric guitars lending songs like 'Everybody Went Low' and 'My Old Friend' an epic immediacy that will have you up on your feet like a loon. As always with Hiatt there are some stellar ballads that drip with genuine emotion although the reworking of 'I'll Never Get Over You' doesn't really add much to the original take from 1993's 'Perfectly Good Guitar' and is somewhat of a curiosity. But for the main this is windows down wind in your hair driving music whether you hail from Wichita Falls or Catford and the sheer exuberance is infectious. Closing with the epic and beautiful 'Farther Stars' this is an accomplished effort from one of America's best kept secrets and an essential purchase for any Hiatt fan or any fan of Springsteen, Tom Petty or Giant Sand and Wilco.
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