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Warming Up to the Ice Age

John HiattAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  3. When We Ran 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. She Said The Same Things To Me 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Living A Little, Laughing A Little 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Zero House 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Warming Up To The Ice Age 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • ASIN: B000000OXT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hiatt Rocks Like a Real Man May 22, 2000
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John Hiatt wasn't well-known outside of select music industry circles at the time of this recording (1983?). Although a well-respected writer with at least 3 previous albums to his credit, Hiatt may still have been better known for his stint in Ry Cooder's band (& you've got to be a pretty dang good guitar player to get a paycheck from Ry). This album was probably an attempt by Geffen Records to get John into the mainstream with slick, punchy production emphasizing Hiatt's elastic vocals and considerable guitar skills. But the songs are what grabs you here. "The Usual" is an edgy driving twist off a mellow-down-easy groove. "She Said the Same Things to Me" was destined to be an unknown classic for Johnny Adams. "Living A Little" is a stirring duet with Elvis Costello. "I've Got a Gun" should be an anthem for abused women, but there's a little too much malevolence to vengence to make it to prime time. "Burning Down the Zero House" and "Warming Up to the Ice Age" may sound a little too early 80's for some folks, but Hiatt's passion and playing carry way too much weight to be lost in production values. This is a great, full-out rocking record by a top shelf songwriter who can also sing & play "Like a Real Man".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again: John Hiatt is GOD!!!! August 25, 1998
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My mom, dad, and brother had the pleasure of having dinner with John Hiatt, many years ago. When I was much younger, I went to one of his concerts, and i still remember it clearly. This man is perhaps the only artist that my family will all listen to without bickering over. He has a style all of his own, this album at this price is a steal, so is riding with the king, stolen moments, slow turning, any john hiatt cd that you don't have but find: BUY IT! I urge you to, and believe me, you won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'm one the few that love this record. I first saw Hiatt back in (dare I say it) 1976 (not sure how I got into the bar) anyway......and I will quote the Bard himself from a later record......"right now I need a Telecaster turned up to ten". This record has more balls (and better songs, for the most part, than all of his subsequent records combined).......with the notable exception of Bring the Family. I saw him on tour with Cooder back in the day and also with Lindley....he's a great artist, phenomenal lyricist....but once he went to the country twang.....all the records sound the same, I'm sorry to say....I will agree that Ice Age is over produced but......turn it up loud and enjoy Hiatt belting it out like he only did on this one record
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3.0 out of 5 stars You put the crush on me September 5, 2004
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Of the three albums Hiatt recorded for Geffen, this is the least interesting. The main culprit is Nashville producer Norbert Putnam, who used the kind of synth arrangements that carbon dated all the albums in the 80's that used them in an attempt to sound of the day. The highlights remain, as usual, the terrific songwriting. "The Usual" was covered by Bob Dylan, and "When We Ran" by Linda Ronstadt. Two other great compositions are here, the humorous "She Said The Same Things To Me" and the classic "The Crush." The "American Elvis Costello" tag finally comes with a payoff, as EC joins Hiatt on a soulful cover of the Spinners' "Living A Little, Laughing A Little." The overproduction here has often made me long for rerecorded versions of a few of the songs (I'd love to hear the title track or "I Got a Gun" stripped down). But as far as Hiatt albums go, "Warming Up To The Ice Age" is even less characteristic of the artist than the oft-slagged "All Of A Sudden."
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