The Tiki Bar is Open (2001) by John Hiatt

Categories: 2001 and Music.

I can’t remember where I heard of Hiatt. Maybe somebody covered one of his songs and I liked it. Maybe I saw him on Treme. I think that was it.

The band has a lot of energy, which is good. But I am a little wary of the songs. A couple of them remind me of better songs by other songwriters. It’s not that they’re bad, it’s that they’re not amazing, and it’s hard for me to get super excited about this when the songs aren’t great.

The biggest problem is the final track, which sees them attempting (and failing at) psychedelia. It’s completely out of character for the album, at least to my ears.

But though it may sound like I’m being negative, I’d still rather listen to this than the radio.

6/10

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