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This is where John Hiatt traded in his angry-young-man status, finding new hope in sobriety and salvation in love and family. If that sounds boring, then you haven't heard songs like the Stonesy rocker "Thank You Girl" or the rollicking road-tripper "Memphis in the Meantime." It didn't hurt that Hiatt put together a world-class band with Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner, and Ry Cooder, then got them all to play like garage rockers. The ballad "Stood Up" wraps his deepest confessions into six intense minutes.

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Small subjects. Big insights.

While his contemporaries (Spingsteen, Mellencamp, Petty) go for big statements about broad themes (social insjustices, war, racism) John Hiatt makes the little things (relationships, self-image) matter most. Just like real life. Don't hesitate to buy this whole album as it is packed with devastatingly personal, confessional and tuneful songs written from an adult perspective rarely heard from in popular music.

Best of the best

If you are looking for a songwriter with heart, search no further. This is the best album of one of the best writers of our lifetimes. Whether it's struggling with his alcoholism, berating his own impulsiveness, or wistfully pondering love, Hiatt is honest and poetic. I dare you to say "Lipstick Sunset" is not one the most beautiful songs ever written. I urge anyone who has become a parent to deny the everyday truthfulness of "Your Dad Did." How much has his music touched my soul? My wife and I danced to "Have a Little Faith in Me" when we were married. We're still singing that tune.

An overlooked classic

A deep record. A man being honest with himself. Hiatt is one of the most overlooked singer-songwriters out there, and this is a record that should've been a lot bigger than it was. Had it been bigger, it may have spoiled. At $5.99, this is a steal! This is the kind of record you'd pay $15.99 for.


Born: 1952 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

John Hiatt's sales have never quite matched his reputation. Hiatt's songs were covered successfully by everyone from Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, and Dr. Feelgood to Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night, and the Neville Brothers, yet it took him 13 years to reach the charts himself. Of course, it took him nearly that long to find his own style. Hiatt began his solo career in 1974, and over the next decade he ran through a number of different styles, from rock & roll to new wave pop, before he finally settled...
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