- Audio CD (4 Sept. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: New West Records
- ASIN: B0033XKVHI
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Excellent album with new material. His usual blend of (sometimes) bluesy rockers and country-soaked ballads. Lyrics are re-printed in the 12-page booklet. JOHN HIATT - gtr/voc, DOUG LANCIO -gtr, PATRICK O'HEARN - bass, KENNETH BLEVINS - drums.
The Open Road
Go Down Swingin'
Like a Freight Train
Wonder Of Love
What Kind A Man
Carry You Back Home
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I've got used to only really liking about half the tracks of John's recent albums. Well, liking them enough to put them on my iPod anyway. The Open Road is no different in this respect, but none of the tracks are bad. Some are just a bit too heavy for me.
The title track is a fairly generic JH song that I found a little dull. The second track has a good bass line but is a bit long. For me the album doesn't really get going until Like a Freight Train, which is probably my favourite track. This is a very sparse bluesy track that's John Hiatt at his best. As always, the lyrics are just great (he never has let us down in this respect) and it amazes me he continues to come up with fresh phrases after all these years. Some of his lyrics still take you by surprise.
I like most of the other songs well enough. The ones going on my iPod are 'My Baby' (terrific lyrics on this especially), Homeland, Wonder of Love, and Movin' On. Movin' On deserves mention as a classic example of why JH is such a great songwriter.
Others have mentioned that the production on the album isn't great and it isn't. Having said that, if you put it on a good hi-fi and crank up the volume you can kind of see why it sounds the way it does. And it sounds fine, oddly enough, through phones on my iPod. Still, would it have done any harm to record this to at least the standard of his albums from the eighties? Perhaps it's down to money. What I can't excuse is the horrible crackling distortion on track three that renders it impossible to listen to. A bad pressing perhaps?
Well, one day John Hiatt will stop giving us this annual gift and we'll be sorry. So I can forgive many things and I'm happy that his voice is still mostly up to the task of howling out these songs. He must have vocal chords of steel.
Hiatt's 'warts 'n' all' devotion to lo-fi production means that in quality-control terms there's nowhere to hide. With no studio gimmickry to paper over any cracks, everything stands or falls on the strength of the songs and the performances themselves. Such is Hiatt's consummate skill as a songwriter that, more often than not, the quality does shine through. But one of the consequences of this kind of raw, stripped-down, approach is that the songs do often have to be really special to avoid the feeling that he's merely retreading old ground. His last album was something of a curate's egg, tellingly entitled `Same Old Man'.
Whilst for sure there's a warm familiarity about this latest offering, the good news is that `The Open Road' marks something of a return to the spirit, and even the themes, of `Slow Turning' in much the same way as `Drive South', `Ride Along', `Trudy and Dave' `Tennessee Plates' and the title track reflected the restlessness of the narrator and the lure of the road more than twenty years ago.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a John Hiatt fan from the beginning I have continued to buy his records but this one stays on the shelf more than others. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S W BENSON
Stumbled into the amazing and imaginative talent of J Hiatt by accident listening to Bonnie raitt ,am now collecting his work bit by bit and this album is as addictive as the rest... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2014 by Jag fell
5 stars seems a little high, but 'I like it' is not enough...it's worth at least four and a half.
I think, surprisingly, this is the best album yet, with good tracks one after... Read more
Having been a long time fan of John Hiatt I am biased but have to admit this is not his best album. But it does point to the future, and a promising one, and the songs are on an... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2010 by Lennart Kirchheiner
After many years of mediocre albums John Hiatt has produced an album which may not quite be a return to his best but is certainly a really good attempt to recapture his past... Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2010 by I. Hampton
This is not an outing that takes one by storm: on first listening there are maybe three or four tracks that stand out, and it's in the nature of these things that what works for... Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2010 by F. M. Muse
It's my favourite root album of the year.
It contains songs that'll be hits in Hiatt's career.
I am relatively new to John Hiatt, I always knew his name but got into his music seriously just a few months ago. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2010 by Ramses