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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tiki Bar Is Open!, 13 Sept. 2001
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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
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P. Moore "P.J" (England) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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9ftneil "9ftneil" (UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend, 31 July 2013
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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John Hiatt is one of the finest songwriters on the planet, with one of the most distinctive, as well as most underrated, voices you`ll ever hear, a gruff, ironic singer who exudes a kind of laconic soulfulness. He wrote one of the loveliest and saddest break-up songs, The Way We Make a Broken Heart, covered to perfection by his friend and occasional band-mate Ry Cooder many years ago.
Here are eleven more reasons to love Hiatt.
This is a stunning set of songs, miles better than recent studio albums by Clapton, Springsteen, Neil Young, Eagles, Van Morrison...all artists I love, but this guy has them beat most of the time these days.
Of all the singer-songwriters around he has the least introspective of voices. He`s no James Taylor or Jackson Browne (much as I love both) but vocally and musically closer to someone like Bob Seger, Paul Weller, or the late Tim Rose. He sounds just great on these tracks, his growly baritone intact after all these years (and the requisite dalliance with drink and whatever else was his favoured tipple). Hiatt sounds as good as ever on a mixture of uptempo stormers, mid-tempo slow-burners such as Come Home To You, and slow ballads - he`s always been a dab hand at wringing the heartstrings, exemplified by Something Broken, a lovely song on this 2001 record.
Hiatt`s albums are all worth hearing, he writes such strong songs, sings and plays them to perfection, and is still somehow something of a well-kept secret, at least in the UK - I expect he`s fairly famous in the US, if hardly a household name.
The final song on this truly fine album is the nearly nine-minute Farther Stars, which is almost Beatles-ish, like a lost track from Revolver perhaps! It`s as superb as everything on this welcome addition to the Hiatt discography.
It`s good to have this man around, coming up with terrific records like this varied and beguiling beauty.
The first time I heard this, I loved it. It`s a grower, and now I can`t imagine living without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Hiatt cd, 22 Jun. 2013
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Again love John Hiatt and there are more which I would like to purchase in the future to enjoy listening to
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