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The Tiki Bar Is Open

John HiattAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 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.

“It’s my Appomattox,” he says, wryly. “Really I don’t know where it came from, that idea of trying to arrange the terms of my surrender. I ... Read more in Amazon's John Hiatt Store

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B00005NG1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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1. Everybody Went Low
2. Hangin' Round Here
3. All The Lilacs In Ohio
4. My Old Friend
5. I Know A Place
6. Something Broken
7. Rock Of Your Love
8. I'll Never Get Over You
9. The Tiki Bar Is Open
10. Come Home To You
11. Farther Stars

Editorial Reviews

For much of this album, his 16th in 26 years, Hiatt reunites with his best band, the Goners, and takes a giant leap back to his still-hungry days as a jag-edged, Costello-esque rocker while hewing to the soulful, blues-based songwriting he perfected on 1987's Bring the Family. The withering pub rock of 1979's Slug Line--as well as a nod to fallen hero Dale Earnhardt--seeps into the title track, while the roaring guitar, courtesy of the brilliant Sonny Landreth, and tight rhymes of "All the Lilacs in Ohio" suggest the streetwise edge of 1983's Riding with the King. But it's with ballads such as "Something Broken" and "Come Home to You" that Hiatt's musicianship, songwriting, and deeply soulful vocals truly convince and offer the most moving moments on this, his most memorable album in many years. --Roy Kasten

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. October 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Last year, I fell in love with "Crossing Muddy Waters". It was a very different John Hiatt album with a very simple, stripped down feel to it. It made for great listening while enjoying my coffee every morning and it was great to drink too on those lazy evenings. In that one, he came across sounding more like George Jones than the John Hiatt that all his long-time fans had come to know and love. It was a nice change of pace, but I'm so glad that he made a "return to form".
From the opening of "Everybody Went Low", we know we're in for something great, then the song kicks in with almost a garage-rock sound and the band is rocking out. I bought "The Tiki Bar is Open" about five hours ago, and it's all i've been listening too. Every single track on here is great. There are no highlights here. The whole damn thing shines. It's really hard to believe how good it is. I know, right now, I'm barely scratching the surface. There is a lot of structure to songs like "Hangin' Round Here", "Rock of Your Love", and "My Old Friend".
I almost don't want to go to work tonight. I just want to stay home and listen to this all night. Up until a year ago, I was only a casual John Hiatt fan, but after picking up "Crossing Muddy Waters" on a reccomendation, I began to dig a little deeper and explore a lot of his other stuff. It's amazing to me that he is so underrated. He's got a voice that is all his own and fans of Steve Earle, Tom Waits, and Neil Young should really check into him.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Hour at Hiatt's Tiki Bar September 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Following on the heels of "Crossing Muddy Waters," "Tiki Bar" signals John Hiatt's return to the electric guitar. Recorded with The Goners (his old band), Hiatt's new album is joyfully noisy and genuinely peremeated with bluesy soul. From the boisterous opener, "Everybody Went Low" to the thoughtful closer, "Farther Stars," it is clear that Hiatt has crossed his muddy waters and landed on the shore of straight ahead rock. Featuring his usual quirky, yet brilliant, lyrics, "Tiki" shows that Hiatt is having a helluva lot of fun as he grows older. Solid from top to bottom, this album ranks up there with Hiatt's best work ("Bring The Family," "Stolen Moments," "Slow Turning," and "Walk On), and it should garner the maestro quite a few new fans. It's about time Hiatt got the recognition he deserved. There is no filler here; Hiatt delivers the goods just like he has always done.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hiatt is Simple Rock With a Complex Heart September 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a John Hiatt record that sounds like much less on first listen than it really is. You think the man has just reverted to solid, simple rock to grab back the audience lost to his last acoustic outing, "Crossing Muddy Waters." But there is so much more to "The Tiki Bar is Open." Take, for example, this classically revealing and gut-wrenching Hiatt follow up lyric to the description of a child left alone by drug wasted parents in "Come Home to You": And I've been that kid, yeah it's true. . .and I've been both those parents, too." There are so few songwriters like Hiatt capable of capturing the dichotomies and ironies in life so well. It is a record filled not only with Hiatt's effortlessly complex and clever lyrics, but also beautiful guitar work by both Hiatt and the masterful Sonny Landreth. Hiatt harkens back to his musical roots with Dylanesque cuts like the harmonica driven "My Old Friend" and the startling "Farther Stars," a George Harrison meets Ravi Shankar jam worthy of "Revolver". Finally, as always with Hiatt, there are beautiful melodies and the scorched heart depths of his ballads, as in "I'll Never Get Over You." While not Hiatt at his zenith, "The Tiki Bar Is Open" is filled with musical pleasures.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH MORE THAN "MORE OF THE SAME" January 10, 2002
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For this release, John Hiatt has reunited with the Goners, his road band in the 80's who featured on one of his finest albums, Slow Turning. The Tiki Bar Is Open finds Hiatt having abandoned the mostly acoustic experiment of Crossing Muddy Waters and the slick commercial production of his Capitol albums in favor of the simple 2 guitars, bass, drums (and occasional keyboard) that marked his best efforts. The Goners are in fine form here, especially Sonny Landreth's virtuoso slide guitar that NEVER overpowers the song while still adding immeasurably to it.
And the songs themselves! From the opening rocker "Everybody Went Low" to the mournful "Something Broken" through the title track (the Tiki Bar as an attitude more than a place), this album takes the listener on a twang-rock ride (ok, I guess it could be called, or roots-rock...lots of acoustic and slide guitars, tasteful arrangements and tons of energy) that can't be beat. As Hiatt himself says on the album, "I'm proud of my mistakes/And all the love and the trouble that I ever did make/I never meant to hurt no one/And when I did, well it wasn't any fun." No apologies, just explanation...but I can't find any mistakes on this album. Buy, listen, enjoy!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Sin and Salvation October 3, 2001
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The latest effort from John Hiatt is deceptive. Upon first listen, one may be apt to conclude that it is another fine effort, yet ultimately underestimate the craftmanship of the songs, the superb musical arrangements, and the continued lyrical poetry of JH. Several more listening sessions with "The Tiki Bar is Open" will cure one of this initial underestimation. The back up musicians are, once again, the estimable "Goners" (Sonny Landreth, Ken Blevins, and Dave Ranson), last heard with JH on "Slow Turning" some dozen years ago. The sound is evocative of that album. The producer on this effort is Jay Joyce who has handled his duties in a workman-like manner. The sound is reasonable (certainly better than on some past JH efforts such as "Stolen Moments").
This record compares favorably with anything from Hiatt since his superb 1995 release,"Walk On." That album was produced by Don Smith with another excellent group of backing musicians (Dave Immergluck, Davey Farragher, and Mike Urbano).
This record essentially underscores the fact that John Hiatt is brilliant to the point of genius in his ability to craft songs with meaningful lyrics that display raw emotion, hard fought redemption, and surpassing musicianship. The opening cut (Everbody Went Low)is a hard rocking tune that would have been at home on his 1993 release "Perfectly Good Guitar" (his most slashing rock album since 1979's "Slug Line"). However, the follow-up song (Hangin' Round Here) dials the aural attack down several notches, though it is far from a "ballad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
You just can't go wrong with John Hiatt. Tracks like "Everybody went low" and "My Old Friend" are real gems.
Published 10 months ago by Jeffrey T. Portwood
5.0 out of 5 stars singer/songwriter
John Hiatt has that unique sound, which is good, but what makes his songs are the stories and sounds. Good stuff.
Published 12 months ago by Denver B. Cornett
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep this bar open
Good time rock and roll with some thoughtful ballads thrown in.
Hiatt can write play and sing Go John go
Published 12 months ago by Brad D Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
What's not to love about a John Hiatt CD? While I don't, and never have drank an umbrella drink, and my time in a Tiki Bar is very, very limited, John almost convinces me to try... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Neil L. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharing great music!
I've been a big John Hiatt fan for a while. Bought this CD for a friend, now she's a John Hiatt fan.
Published 20 months ago by Ken Kosovich
5.0 out of 5 stars 101.5
Heard Tiki Shack on the radio, came home & "Googled" it. Bought it that night. Wonderful artist and a joy.
Published 21 months ago by holly wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars tikki bar
like john hiatt. jimmy buffett covers the tikki bar is open so wanted the writers version and so i got this cause i couldn't find it on itunes. good stuff
Published 21 months ago by jim curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiki Bar
Excellent music by one of the most under rated artists of our time..Great John Hiatt music
Published on November 9, 2009 by Kari M. Hering
3.0 out of 5 stars The Tiki Bar Is Open
The Tiki Bar Is Open being Hiatt's 16th studio album and it was released 2001 and was his last record with Vanguard records. Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and Chilling
John Hiatt has reunited with one of his old backup bands, the Goners (featuring Sonny Landreth on guitar) to produce what is probably his best work since that wonderful trilogy of... Read more
Published on July 17, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
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