John Hiatt - The Eclipse Sessions (2018) [New West Records NW 6452]
Cry To Me 3:56
All The Way To The River 4:30
Aces Up Your Sleeve 3:22
Poor Imitation Of God 2:57
Nothing In My Heart 4:04
Over The Hill 4:21
Outrunning My Soul 3:41
Hide Your Tears 3:15
The Odds Of Loving You 4:06
One Stiff Breeze 3:41
Robber’s Highway 4:24
Release Date: October 12, 2018
All songs written by John Hiatt
So Not That Music (BMI)
Produced and Mixed by Kevin McKendree
Engineered by Yates McKendree
Recorded at The Rock House in Franklin, TN
Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master Studios in Nashville, TN
Cover Design: Jordan Fann, Vector Management
Photo of Earth taken August 21, 2017 by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and used courtesy of NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University
Package Design: Jeremy Fetzer
Photography: David McClister
Management: Vector Management, Ken Levitan
Thanks to my wife Nance and my family. Thanks to all at Vector Management. Thanks to all at ICM. Thanks to all at FBMM. Thanks to everyone for listening.
For my sister Susie Wagner
The Eclipse Sessions, John Hiatt’s newest album, offers up his strongest set of songs in years.
Long celebrated as a skilled storyteller and keen observer of life’s twists and turns, Hiatt can get at the heart of a knotty emotion or a moment in time with just a sharp, incisive lyric or witty turn of phrase.
The 11 tracks presented in The Eclipse Sessions, from the breezy opener "Cry To Me," to the stark "Nothing In My Heart," the lost-love lamentation "Aces Up Your Sleeve" to the rollicking "Poor Imitation Of God," demonstrate that the singer-songwriter, now 66, is only getting better with age, his guitar playing more rugged and rootsy, his words wiser and more wry.
Hiatt goes all in with The Eclipse Sessions. There’s a grit to these songs—a craggy, perfectly-imperfect quality that colors every aspect of the performances, right down to Hiatt’s vocals, which are quite possibly his most raw and expressive to date.
"They ain’t pretty, that’s for sure," he says about the creaks and cracks that punctuate his phrases in songs like "Poor Imitation Of God" and "One Stiff Breeze."
"But I don’t mind a bit. All the catches and the glitches and the gruffness, that sounds right to me. That sounds like who I am." The Eclipse Sessions is the sound of an artist not only living in but also capturing the moment.