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.