Tuesday, November 19, 2013
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: JOHN HIATT - HERE TO STAY: BEST OF 2000 - 2012
Since many have neglected him, they should know Hiatt has never neglected his craft and drive. For all those who just know Have A Little Faith In Me, this set is a great place to reconnect, as it finely cherry-picks rockers and a couple of ballads from his eight albums in this period. Master Of Disaster is classic Hiatt, with rich rhymes and a dark, comic take on rockers aging less than gracefully. What Kind of Man, from The Open Road, is nasty country, the kind of stuff the Stones were doing with Tumbling Dice, another mean character that might have been Hiatt at one point in his life: "I cheated on my love, I cheated on my taxes/Burned bridges, ground axes." Blues Can't Even Find Me, from his most recent disc, Mystic Pinball, is about being down and feeling nothing, and nobody can describe that kind of lonesome like Hiatt.
Look, I'm as guilty as everyone else, I didn't even get the last two albums, but with handy reminder, I'll remedy that soon. There's no drop in quality from his heyday, and his only sin is consistency, as in consistently excellent.