JOHN HI­ATT

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The Eclipse Ses­sions NEW WEST 8/10 The vet­eran’s ro­bust re­turn

Re­garded by Hi­att as com­plet­ing a loose tril­ogy that be­gan with 1987’s Bring The Fam­ily and con­tin­ued with 2000’s Cross­ing Muddy Wa­ters, The Eclipse Ses­sions emerged from a pe­riod of sta­sis. “Rob­ber’s High­way” is soaked with mor­tal dread and cre­ative tur­moil (“I had words, chords and strings/Now I don’t have any of these things”), but these songs of­fer a ro­bust cor­rec­tive to any no­tion of Hi­att as a spent force. The driv­ing “All The Way To The River” nods to “dirty Nashville”, an apt de­scrip­tion of the al­bum’s gnarly blend of blues, coun­try, rock and soul. From dive-bar romps to plain­tive re­flec­tion, this is his strong­est col­lec­tion for some time.

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