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Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns
Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Hiatt, August 6, 2011
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This is a solid album by Hiatt, who will be 59 later this month and is as proficient as ever as a songwriter, even though his voice doesn't quite have the strength it did in year's past. I don't believe there are any truly "great" Hiatt singles here, cuts that will show up on any future greatest hits collection, but the majority of the songs are satisfying. Hiatt is from the demographic where artists made albums, not just a compilation of random singles, and I really feel the strength of Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns is the "whole," not necessarily the "individual." This is a collection that should be listened to starting at track 1 and ending at track 11. Those that devote the 51 minutes will be rewarded. Another good effort by Hiatt who looks like he still has the creative spark to continue as a recording artist into his 60's. Recommended.

Mr. Sad Clown
Mr. Sad Clown
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Last........., April 9, 2010
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This review is from: Mr. Sad Clown (Audio CD)
Mr. Sad Clown is a stronger album than their last release, Still; however, there is nothing here that is really new or pushing the envelope in terms of creativity (or greatness).

The album really does "sound" like a Bodeans album, which isn't a bad thing, and while there are some decent tracks, there is nothing here that can compare to the music they released earlier in their careers. 2004's Resolution still has to be considered the best of the three albums they have released in the last decade.

For all us Bodeans fans, I guess we should feel grateful the band found a way to survive, even as a local touring band, much less releasing new albums at this point in their careers.

The legal issues with their label and the 3+ year hiatus from the studio took a toll on the band - even though they have been quoted as saying that coming out the other end of that whole situation has re-energized their creative juices.

Losing Bobby G. was also a big hit - maybe not so much in terms of creativity - but more so with chemistry.

All in all though, for 50 year old musicians, Kurt and Sammy can still consistently entertain better than the majority of musicians half their age.

The Open Road
The Open Road
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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
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This review is from: The Open Road (Audio CD)
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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Cannon: Season 1, Vol. 1
Cannon: Season 1, Vol. 1
DVD ~ William Conrad
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series....But First Release A Work In Progress, August 24, 2008
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This review is from: Cannon: Season 1, Vol. 1 (DVD)
Cannon was a solid TV detective series that ran for 5 years on CBS. With most TV shows, the first year is a work in progress; defining the characters, getting creative scripts that take advantage of the character's personalities and nuances, etc. Seinfeld's first half dozen episodes were terrible; Kramer wasn't defined yet and no Newman. Homer Simpson was not defined well until Season 3 of The Simpsons. Both were great shows with very slow starts. Cannon was no different. The pilot and first part of Season 1 start out a little less than stellar, but by the middle of Season 1 we see Conrad's Cannon starting to become better defined into the character that carried the show for 5 seasons. I hope Paramount follows through with the entire series because the series gets better over time; although, in my opinion, it probably hit its peak in the 1973-1974 season (Season 3). The video is not what you might call 21st century DVD quality, but I had no issue with it at all when watching the episodes. I actually prefer watching the episodes like I originally saw them or as they appeared in early syndication. This was an early 70's show, so I like the fact that it seems like I am watching an early 70's show when I re-watch the episodes on the DVD. No real bonus features to this DVD, but I am fine with that too. After all, almost everyone associated with this series left us many years ago, so what can really be provided. I don't need Vince Van Patton providing commentary about how great it was to work with an actor like Conrad when he was just a child.... I am only giving Season 1 - 4 stars - but I anticipate that if Season 2 and 3 make it to the market I will be upping my rating to the maximum 5 stars.

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