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John Hiatt Rolls On With Another Gem,
This review is from: Terms Of My Surrender (Audio CD)
John Hiatt has made his way on the the short list of artists that I like where I absolutely salivate when I hear they have a new release coming. Hiatt's wit and songwriting talents make even his lesser received works essential listening. It is amazing to me that this is John Hiatt's 22nd studio album and he's still a relatively unknown artist in a lot of circles and it seems like he likes it that way. Hiatt is a true artist who releases music because it's what he does. He's not chasing money, he's not chasing fame, he's just a songwriter who can write on hell of a song.
Here on "Terms of My Surrender" we see Hiatt in fine form as he tracks through this heavily bluesy album. When I read that Hiatt said he was losing the top of his vocal register I was a bit concerned with the vocal quality we'd have on this release but Hiatt sounds more than fine keeping to the lower register.
Hiatt's longtime guitarist Doug Lancio produced this record and he puts Hiatt's vocals and lyrics up front and center which is exactly where they should be. From what I've read most of these tracks were recorded in one take which shows just how comfortable Hiatt is with his core group of road musicians which joined him in the studio to record this record.
There isn't a bad song on this disc, but some of the highlights for me are:
"Wind Don't Have to Hurry," reminds me a lot of something Springsteen could have put out in recent years with the Native American type chant throughout the song that talks about freedom and liberty.
"Face of God," is some great blues that could have been transmitted down from a time-period long ago and Hiatt sells the vocals, sounding at times to me like Tom Waits.
"Baby's Gonna Kick," is pure bliss with a bluesy track that mentions John Lee Hooker and desiring meat from a slow cooker as Hiatt sings that he knows his baby is going to kick him out someday.
"Old People," is a track that made me laugh out loud and Hiatt shows off his wit on this one. The fact that's he's 61 lets him get away with the lyrics here which just have to be heard to enjoy them fully.
Overall this is an excellent album from an artist that if you're not familiar with him you should get caught up in a hurry. Five stars all the way.