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Little Head

John HiattAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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Forty years into his recording career, John Hiatt has chosen to title his 22nd studio album, Terms of My Surrender. Surrender? Is that as in Cheap Trick? Or Appomattox? Hiatt laughs, tentatively, at the choice.

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol/Emi/Sbk/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000002UJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Head
2. Pirate Radio
3. My Sweet Girl
4. Feelin' Again
5. Graduated
6. Sure Pinocchio
7. Runaway
8. Woman Sawed In Half
9. Far As We Go
10. After All This Time

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Track Listings 1. Little Head 2. Pirate Radio 3. My Sweet Girl 4. Feelin' Again 5. Graduated 6. Sure Pinocchio 7. Runaway 8. Woman Sawed In Half 9. Far As We Go 10. After All This Time

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is Very Good, Good Enough? July 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Little Head spawned some air play for the title track, but the best songs never saw the light of day. The song "Little Head" is a clever, though overused, joke and the song seems to parody itself with phrasing like, "when my instincts start stinkin'". Still, this is not a bad song and it does have some clever lyrics.
This does not diminish the song that should have been the single release, "Pirate Radio," which is a blazing broadside into the souless corporate radio world. OK, that's why it wasn't the single, but this is a crank-it-up, sing-along rock and roll anthem and how can you go wrong mentioning Otis Redding and Marvin gaye in the same song?
"My Sweet Girl" is a laid back, slightly bluesy tune with just enough sweetness to hold it together while not being overdone. Hiatt's sincerity comes through and this is the perfect music for this tender sentiment.
"Feeling Again" and "Graduated" are both listenable, but not overwhelming. "Feeling Again" is upbeat and will stick in your head for a couple of days (in a good way). "Graduated" does have something to say by way of reflection.
"Sure Pinocchio" is the second best cut on the album, with some great lines. Remember when that certain someone broke your heart and tried to make up later? "Sure Pinocchio" is full of what you wish you HAD said.
"Woman Sawn in Half" is better-than-average, but overshadowed by the really good stuff here.
The last song, "After All This Time" is touching and an above average song. The remaining cuts are forgettable, but not bad.
I'm giving this four stars because the strong songs I've mentioned and the tight band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one grows on you November 26, 1999
By Androo
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record when it was released and thought at first that it was a bit lightweight (especially after Walk On). BUT, a few years down the road and I now rate it as one of his very best. There really isn't a bad song on here, and there are several great ones. Sure Pinnocchio is superb, and, well, so are the rest. Buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still better than the rest! February 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hard-core Hiatt fans seem to consider this disk something of a throwaway - not getting near the emotional depth of Bring the Family or Walk On. This disk is fun, mostly upbeat, and showcases, once again, the remarkable raw talent of John Hiatt. (Several of the cuts, too, seemed to foreshadow our President's problems - Little Head and Sure Pinocchio). This guy has matured through his music and only seems to get better. He's as clever with the phrase as Elvis Costello and can really touch your heart like Van Morrison. Stand-out cuts include Woman Sawed in Half, Runaway, and Pirate Radio (a real sing-along, if there ever was one). Buy this - but don't make it your only Hiatt!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired September 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
John Hiatt's strength lies in his songwriting, and it is here that "Little Head" is lacking. Most of this album is bland, to the point that it fails to inspire in me any desire for repeat listening. Unfortunately, even the strong musicianship of the backing band, most notably David Immergluck whose guitar work is stellar throughout, cannot save these songs. The title track and "Sure Pinocchio", for example, attempt to be witty but can't escape cliché. Even these are preferable to "Runaway", "My Sweet Girl" and "Feelin' Again" which are uninspired to the point of vapidity. This is not to say that "Little Head" lacks high points. Both "Graduated", which features sly lyrics and a great arrangement, and "Woman Sawed In Half", which carries its metaphor to sublime lengths whilst being driven by a searing slide guitar, are quite good. However, taken as a whole, "Little Head" pales in comparison with its much better predecessors "Walk On" and "Perfectly Good Guitar".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Higher and Hiatt May 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well, well, well, after reading some of the previous reviews it becomes obvious that some people just have no idea. They listen to an album a couple of times and discard it if they don't immeadiately like it.

I will admit this one took a few good listens, then all of a sudden (sic) I started to really appreciate it more and more, now I just love it like all my JH albums.

Most reviewers make the mistake of comparing albums - NEVER do that!!! I can't state this strongly enough. This is unlike any other JH album, it very nearly comes close to POP. Having said that it is still totally Hiatt, chockers with wit and charm in equal portions. This is JH having a bit of fun and experimentation, I think. JH likes to have a little laugh at the world occasionally and this album does it brilliantly. Worth it for 'Little Head' and 'Sure Pinocchio' alone. You'll still find the classic JH ballads in 'Far as we go', 'After All This Time' and 'My Sweet Girl'.

Have a little fun with this one, I think you'll like it.

P.S. - To all the detractors out there I just like to say "Yeh, Sure Pinocchio"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's Simply the Best...... April 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Thanks to an on-line friend in Chicago, I discovered John Hiatt this year and I haven't been the same since!! I've never listened to the lyrics of anyone's music like I do his -- his songs contain some of the most memorable lyrics I've ever heard. They're romantic, sad, witty, insightful and just plain awesome. I just purchased Little Head and I've been playing it like crazy -- it's lots of fun. I love the title track (while in the car my 14 yr old daughter commented "mom is he talking about what I think he's talking about..." (she was right). Pirate Radio is a great sing-a-long tune and Sure Pinocchio cracks me up. I may not have listened to him for long but I'm making up for it now!!! The only thing better would be to see him live and I can hardly wait for that day.......
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, clever, and bluesy
John Hiatt weaves a bluesy mix of funny, clever, and gentle lyrics with just the right chords and beats. Don't miss it!
Published 4 months ago by musicluva
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best but still darned good
I've followed John Hiatt from the beginning and since fellow and talented Hoosier songwriters are far and few between (basically Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, and John Hiatt are... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kelly K. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars I tried my best to hate this cd.
Well, I tried to hate John Hiatt`s Little Head cd. I read the bad reviews and learned that Capital dropped John after this cd.
I really tried to hate this cd. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Janice
3.0 out of 5 stars Not John's best work
Although this album is not John's best work it does contain some fine songs. reminds me of the old days when you'd be lucky to get 3-4 great songs on an album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Glenn A. Bodnar
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hiatt's Best
This disc is awesome. I love John Hiatt's music. It's a great mixture of rock, country, ballad combined. Some of his words are very profound.
Published on January 9, 2011 by Bone
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Hiatt's Best Work
The best song on this album is Pirate Radio, other than than, most of the songs seem a bit uninspired. Not my favorite Hiatt album by long shot. Read more
Published on May 10, 2008 by TrailsEndWild
3.0 out of 5 stars not his best, but still fun
hiatt's had some great albums (bring the family, slow turning, walk on among the best) and this one isn't too far behind, but is without the style that made his finest outings what... Read more
Published on February 7, 2005 by Sam Owens
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but still some fun
This is a fun, highly listenable CD. It may not be on par with my favorites 'Bring the Family', 'Slow Turning', or his more recent 'Beneath This Gruff Exterior' and 'The Tiki Bar... Read more
Published on May 9, 2003 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the detractors
I've dug Hiatt since Riding with the King, and let me tell you: Regardless of what anybody sez, Little Head is a rip-roaring good time. Read more
Published on July 8, 2002 by Marvin O. Gardens
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Hiatt's best efforts
After the brilliant Walk On, this record was a letdown. The songs are just weak. Not up to John's usual standards. The lyrics are rather generic and musically, it's kind of dull. Read more
Published on January 3, 2002
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