The Tiki Bar Is Open CD
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John Hiatt - Tiki Bar Is Open - Cd
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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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
"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.
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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