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Crossing Muddy Waters

John HiattAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vector Recordings
  • ASIN: B00004X03W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Crossing Muddy Waters by John Hiatt

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Two and a half decades into a career that's never delivered the stardom forecast by legions of champions, John Hiatt has settled into a niche that's about as comfortable as a maturing singer-songwriter could ask for. No longer a major-label priority, Hiatt has hooked up with the stalwart folk label Vanguard for his 15th release. Crossing Muddy Waters adroitly captures Hiatt's comfort and confidence. Not so much blues as blusey, Crossing Muddy Waters features 11 new Hiatt compositions, half of which feel instantly familiar. The rambunctious "Lift Up Every Stone" sounds a little like some of Tom Waits's more accessible recent efforts, while "Take It Down" is a love-lost lament that's as heavy as a foggy evening. Crossing Muddy Waters was cut in three days and features only two accompanists--the uncommonly sympathetic Davey Faragher and David Immerglück. Just goes to show that Hiatt moves just fine when he's not dragging a lot of added weight and heavy expectations behind him. --Steven Stolder

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music's best kept secret just might be leaked September 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
John Hiatt is simply one of the greatest singer-songwriters alive, and unlike his previous album "Little Head," "Crossing Muddy Waters" is a stellar example of his great talent.
This album is definitely Folksy and Blues... the instrumentation is sparce, but each song is deceptively simple. Like the Recovery Trilogy, the lyrics here seem to come from Hiatt's personal experience, and listening to them is like having a deep heart-to-heart with a great friend.
Those who most liked Hiatt's Perfectly Good Guitar and Warming Up to the Ice Age may not be thrilled with this one, because you definitely notice the absence of drums and other instrumentation, but the three-piece sound definitely works for me!
This album could easily win a place in fans hearts right next to the three masterpieces of Bring the Family, Slow Turning, and Stolent Moments... It reminds me of why I fell in love with John's music in the first place: because it makes you think, it makes you feel, it makes you tap your foot, and it makes you sing along.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots and Form January 12, 2001
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This is not just Mr. Hiatt's best album, it is one of those stunning masterpieces of musical authenticity that are bestowed upon us once or twice a year. Crossing Muddy Waters eclipses the so-called "masterpieces" of his earlier career, such as 1987's "Bring The Family," because it is the kind of tutorial on the origin's of American music that John Hiatt had been working towards for over a decade. This is Hiatt's only no nonsense, stripped bare, down to business collection of songs, on which jangling acoustic guitars pervade every song and craft the album's sound. Yes, you'll here some spare percussion, a few blues guitars here and there, and even a Tom Waits-ish banging on the heroically brilliant and instantly addictive "Lift Up Every Stone," which sounds like Tom Waits took Hiatt to the junk yard in search of new musical weaponry. Despite that song's success, Hiatt shines most luminously on the bare folk tracks, which drive the final nail through any lingering doubts as to Hiatt's importance in America's contemporary songwriting scene. Brilliant folk songs like "Take It Down," "Lincoln Town," "What Do We Do Now," and "Only The Song Survives" all designate Hiatt as one of the country's best contemporary songwriters. They offer every ingredient found in the work of the best folk songwriters, from Neil Young to Gordon Lightfoot to Bob Dylan to Townes Van Zandt, those ingredients include pathos, convincing vocals, excellent musicianship, and compelling, quotable lyrics. You bet your last dime that this album deserves to win the "Best Contemporary Folk Album" Grammy for which is was recently nominated.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Style change with STYLE! August 5, 2003
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Disagree with just about everybody here. Hiatt's bluegrass turn is just fine and even includes a couple of good rockers (Lincoln Town--which has plenty of sass & Lift Up Every Stone--featuring excited gospel stylings). Crossing Muddy Waters is a great slow song (and I love the pun in the title) and Gone is a jaunty little divorce number that Emmylou Harris would have been happy to have recorded in her prime. I love Slow Turning & Bring The Family but I hate to think that Hiatt should have to keep recording in that vein forever. The best since Walk On. Hope you enjoy it too.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courage January 30, 2006
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John Hiatt's title song is the bravest work of art I've ever experienced. He uses the title as a metaphor for his first wife's suicide: she's crossed the waters, leaving him and an infant daughter to struggle alone on the other side.
At night when the wind blows he hears her moans of remorse in the trees. But the waters have widened and there's no crossing back.
Hiatt's simple arrangement makes the song even more evocative by providing a haunting melody that doesn't drown his words in molasses.
It took amazing courage for Hiatt to express this achingly sad experience in song and share it with the world. "Crossing Muddy Waters'' also highlights his artistry: in less talented hands the song would sound mawkish, i.e., Nashville mainstream.
That Hiatt, a recovering alcoholic, has lived on some of life's highest peaks and in its deepest valleys makes his music so much more meaningful than the canned crap rolling out of the Acme Music Factory that Nashville has become.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hiatt Surprise November 9, 2000
By Manig
Format:Audio CD
The awesome thing about John Hiatt is he really doesnt care if his music is a mass appeal chart topper. One listen to his latest folk release and it's obvious. What's also obvious is that Hiatt shows more talent in one folk recording than most artists show in a career of music.
If you're looking for "Smashing A Perfecty Good Guitar 2" or "Slow Turning dos" you're looking in the wrong place. The closest recording you can compare "Crossing.." to is "Walk ON". This recording is less country and more folk than that 1995 release.
The annoying thing about Hiatt is every recording seems to be so different than the last. The awesome thing about Hiatt is every recording seems to be so different than the last. With Hiatts career it's hard to compare his recordings... they are all so varied but always as solid as can be. The One constant is that each of Hiatts recordings are going to contain some songs with lyrics that will blow you away.
Are there better voices out there than Hiatt? Of Course. Are there better writers out there than Hiatt? Of Course NOT.
"Crossing.." is a wonderful folk album from the chugging 1st tune "Lincoln Town" right to the up tempo but gentle "Before I Go".
Simply put...if you're a Hiatt fan you love this recording...if you're a folk music fan you'll love this cd....if youre a radio obsessed..mass appeal..big production..fluffy lyric better stay away.
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Published 1 month ago by David Leach
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album of rootsy rock
I would not describe myself as a John Hiatt fan but I was very impressed with this album, which is full of catchy tunes, memorable lyrics, and intense and heartfelt performances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DJP
5.0 out of 5 stars doing great acoustic bluesy music
John Hiatt, doing great acoustic bluesy music, what more do you need?
Published 2 months ago by Mikey likes it
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this CD, one of his best
More of a folk/bluegrass than I've heard from him on a lot of albums, but well written and performed and produced in my opinion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sheephead Slayer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of John Hiatt
This is by far John Hiatt's best album. Include every song on this album, and add another five or six other tracks from his career, and you have The Best of John Hiatt. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from the Man
This is another solid Cd from his middle to late period. It's got something for everyone, so don't hesitate to but it as you won't be disappointed.
Published 9 months ago by michael d.
5.0 out of 5 stars singer/songwriter
John Hiatt has that unique voice witch reaches out to your soul to tell a story. Something that you want to hear.
Published 12 months ago by Denver B. Cornett
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