John Hiatt: Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns

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John Hiatt: Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns

John Hiatt

Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns

Label: New West
Media: CD
Genre: Rock/pop

John Hiatt’s songs are a rich tapestry of stories and moods, alternately tough and tender. The opening track, “Damn This Town,” is a gritty tale of a lost soul trapped by the circumstances of birth and decrying his foul fate. But this album also delivers such plaintive mudslide hymns as “All the Way Under” in a breezy, swaying manner that calls for a dance. And then there’s the upbeat pop of “I Love That Girl” and the righteous country of the day-late, dollar-short lament “Don’t Want to Leave You Now,” which could fit comfortably on Hiatt’s 1987 breakthrough album Bring the Family. The high-octane blue-collar country-rocker “Detroit Made” keeps the mood rolling along at a brisk pace. By the time you get to the closing track, Hiatt’s unexpected and emotionally fraught 9/11 tribute “When New York Had Her Heart Broke,” you’ve experienced both soaring emotional peaks and somber valleys. Sonically, the production ranges from the thundering dread of the opening track’s ace rhythm section to the acoustic guitars and delicate ambiance of “Down Around My Place.” Another gem from this master of Americana

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  • primary artist, John Hiatt
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