John Hiatt: The Tiki Bar Is Open
Label: NEW WEST
The Tiki Bar is Open, made on the cusp of John Hiatt's 50th birthday, is one of the most emphatic and compassionate albums of his career. Ever since he left his native Indianapolis for Nashville in 1970, John Hiatt has developed a formidable reputation as a songwriter, with Bob Dylan, The Neville Brothers and Roseanne Cash among those who have covered his compositions, but it's as a solo performer of his own material that Hiatt has really shone. Fearlessly autobiographical, he sings of current love in "Hangin' Round Here", past indiscretions in "Something Broken" and his sister's cancer battle on "Farther Stars". This is a great singer-songwriter writing from the heart; drawing from hard lessons of experience with the brilliant slide guitarist Sonny Landreth on hand to gild his vocals with tender longing on "My Old Friend" and stark fury on the murderous "I Know a Place". Age has undoubtedly strengthened rather than dimmed Hiatt's passion and acuity. --Gavin Martin Album Description Updated and repackaged digipak edition of this 2001 album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter, which has been out of print for years. New West.
1 Everybody Went Low - 3:21 2 Hangin' 'Round Here - 3:10 3 All the Lilacs in Ohio - 3:38 4 My Old Friend - 3:51 5 I Know a Place - 3:27 6 Something Broken - 3:13 7 Rock of Your Love - 3:16 8 I'll Never Get Over You - 3:39 9 The Tiki Bar Is Open - 4:41 10 Come Home to You - 3:53 11 Farther Stars - 8:49