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Open Road

John HiattVinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (January 31, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B004EFN6OE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Postcard From the Road March 2, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Unlike the previous two reviewers I didn't have any issues with static or other noise on my downloaded copy of the Open Road by John Hiatt. The sound quality isn't as crisp as on some of John's earlier outings from the "Slow Turning" era but I think the rugged sound of this album is intentional. Everything sounds okay to my ears. Hiatt recorded this album in his garage studio with his current touring band, guitarist Doug Lancio, bassist Patrick O' Hearn and drummer Kenneth Blevins. Lancio's stellar guitar playing deserves special notice.

John Hiatt has one of the meatiest song books of any American musician. John is in the rarified class of songwriters with Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine who are prolific in the number of time tested songs of enduring quality they've given to the world. At the age of 57, John's voice is showing well earned signs of wear but those great songs keep on coming.

John Hiatt had his demons and his return to the land of the living is well documented on his middle period albums. Over the 20 years since, Hiatt has produced consistently good albums with suprisingly few falls from artistic grace. Hiatt's best songs are sublime and even his less inspired music qualifies to be somebody else's "great album." John's music will always be judged against the impossibly perfect standards he set for himself on "Bring the Family" (1987) and "Slow Turning" (1988) which were forerunners of the Americana, No-Depression (or whatever you want to call it) revival of roots music in the 90s. Hiatt had a big impact on the younger vanguard roots rock bands like Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown and the Blood Oranges.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geez I love This Disc March 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I tend to only write a review if I am annoyed by the lack of value in a product. This is not the case here. I put this CD into my car player and have been spinning it for two weeks(I have a 80 minute ride each day). It's a 6 disk player and every time another artist comes up I push the button to return to this disk. I have been a John Hiatt since ~1988-89 when I saw him on SNL with the Goners. His albums are certainly not of consistent great quality but they always are good. This CD stands out for me as one of his best since before Tiki Bar. Great songs, guitar, voice...what's not to love. He is an American classic and I hope he keeps cranking out his unique sound for many more years. One of your best John. Thanks once again man.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Average Hiatt Still Better Than Most March 10, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While The Open Road can really only be considered an average Hiatt album, I would still rather listen to average Hiatt over most other artists.

Hiatt was at his musical peak in the early-mid 90s, and while he has produced quite good to quite average albums over the past decade or so, he still is capable of writing some very solid songs.

At age 57, no long-time prolific artist/songwriter is creating their best stuff, nor is their voice as strong as it was when they were 20 years younger. Hiatt is no exception, but the fact that he is still around and still writing decent music after nearly 20 studio albums says something about his talent.

Hiatt's strength as an artist has never really been his studio work anyway. He is a storyteller who particularly shines in concert, in front of an audience, where his combination of narrative and folksy humor provides context to his music.

I look forward to seeing Hiatt live in concert yet again when he tours the US in support of this new album, and even though I believe only a handful of songs off of The Open Road are worthy of playing live, I am eager to hear the concert versions of the songs he does choose to play, as they always provide his fans a new/unique experience of the studio versions they listened to in the car on the way to the show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hiatt not high May 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love John Hiatt, but this one sounded a mite tired - something that had also come across on his last one, Same Old Man. Still good stuff, but....well...the spark seems to have dimmed a bit. Whatever, it's still a quality ride though, but don't expect fireworks.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A 3-star album from Mr Hiatt March 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sometimes in these reviews I criticize artists for continuing to put out the same old stuff year after year with no variation. But with Mr Hiatt I can't do that. I can't conceive of him ever varying from this Americana thing he's been doing for decades now. (He was Americana before there was a named genre.) So on Open Road we get more of the same from John, that familiar mix of rockabilly, blues, C&W, and rock, all sung in his distinctive throaty vocal style. The backing band is in superb form throughout the album. Having said all of that, though, I enjoyed some parts of this album more than others. A weak song such as "Homeland" makes me think he's tired of the whole business, but then it's followed up by two pretty good tunes, "Wonder of Love" and "What Kind of Man." On occasion the great musicianship almost redeems a lesser song, as with the excellent guitar work on "Movin' On." Overall, though, this is a workmanlike but middling effort from Mr Hiatt.

By the way, I did not hear any hiss problems with the download.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Good
I really like JH. As with everyone doing music, some songs really are great, and some less so. This disc has some of each. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Douglas W. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars John Hiatt-The Open Road
Disappointing compared to his other albums and the classic songs he has written in the past. Do better next time.
Published on February 27, 2012 by William Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Have always loved John Hiatt's music (how could one not?) & this is a winner all the way. All but about 2 tracks are great, have taken it out of my car so I won't get tired of it!
Published on October 30, 2011 by A. Berman
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe John's Best
I have listened to many of John Hiatt's albums in the past, and was wondering what he still had to say. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by John R Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Will stay in your CD player for weeks
Like other reviewers, I have been playing this disc for weeks on my morning commute. It's good on the first listen and gets better. Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by CRPadgett
4.0 out of 5 stars I heard Open Road on KPIG and really liked so I bought the album. Not...
I heard Open Road on KPIG (Santa Cruz)and enjoyed the song so I purchased the CD. While not a great album by my musical tastes, I found it to be very enjoyable. Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by BigWaterBob
5.0 out of 5 stars open road
Bought this CD after seeing live performance. Heard "My Baby"on radio and fell in love with the song. After listening to the CD a few times there isn't one song I don't like. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by esther
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong album from a strong decade of music by John Hiatt
John Hiatt is a marvel. It took him a long time to find his voice--at first he was seen as a growling guitar based Randy Newman, then an American Elvis Costello but in the mid-80's... Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hiatt - Great Album
This is an album that I find myself leaving in the CD player, and playing over and over again. I have been a Hiatt fan for over 30 years, and this is right up there with his best. Read more
Published on July 5, 2010 by Jahn Bjork
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention: Cockburn, Springsteen, Bodeans, and all older artists who...
Please learn from John Hiatt!! This guy has been around the business since the 60's and can still write good songs. So why can't you guys? Read more
Published on July 3, 2010 by Loretta Sonia Godo
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