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John Hiatt - Riding With the King Click here to see this CD at!

By Rob O'Connor

John Hiatt has had a long, schizophrenic career. He's been a singer-songwriter, a new waver, an AOR dinosaur, a country rocker, and an adult-contemporary powerhouse. Throughout, his songwriting has been admirable. The production here is sometimes tricky, a tad bombastic, a bit too mainstream and yearning for success. (Ah, the '80s!) It is also an album divided. Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack, and ex-Rumour guitarist Martin Belmont join the backing band for the Lowe-produced second half and it's here that the ensemble cooks. But it's really about the songs, and there's no denying songs as clever as "She Loves the Jerk," "Death by Misadventure," or "You May Already Be a Winner," which all feature Hiatt's humor hidden under a serious degree of healthy cynicism.

1. I Don't Even Try7. Riding With The King
2. Death By Misadventure8. You May Already Be A Winner
3. Girl On A String9. Love Like Blood
4. Lovers Will10. The Love That Harms
5. She Loves The Jerk11. Book Lovers
6. Say It With Flowers12. Falling Up


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"I was so fascinated with the term "Death By Misadventure" that I wrote a letter to the Los Angeles County Coronor asking if it was a term that they really used on a Death Certificate. I asked what would constitute "Death by Misadventure". A few weeks later the Sheriff's were at my door asking for me. My husband came and got me "Honey, the Sheriff is here, he wants to talk to you". It turns out that my letter had made it's way from the Coroner's office to the LA Mental Health Center, to the Arcadia Mental Health Center to the Walnut Sheriff's Station where they went to my Post Office and found out who owned my PO Box. They were concerned that I was suicidal. All I can say is that I'm very glad that I was in a good mood that day. I was able to joke them into going away! I still don't know what constitutes "Death By Misadventure"!"

--Miss Adventure

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Artist: John Hiatt

Released: April 18, 1983

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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