Legendary singer-songwriter John Hiatt follows-up his critically acclaimed Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns with a new effort that is sure to please (the link will take you to my review of that album).
Mystic Pinball sees Hiatt picking up where he left off, although the album rocks a little harder and the material a little bluesier than the prior album.
The production is excellent, as the Shirley/Hiatt partnership continues to flourish-solid songwriting compositions combined with a backdrop of mature musicianship and supern in-studio execution makes for a powerful recipe.
Hiatt's ability to tell stories within his songs is virtually unparallelled. Songs about love and relationships abound, with the usual cast of ornery characters who make reference to just how tough love and relationships can be, especially those that endure the passage of time.
Hiatt's gruff, sandpaper-tinged voice is a little more subdued here than on past releases, but his lyrical word-play and wit are evident, making this album easy to play from start to finish.
Overall, John Hiatt usually does not disappoint and this new CD is no exception to the rule.
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