November 22, 1994
Pop/Rock, Heartland Rock, Rock & Roll

Album Review

John Hiatt's first live album was recorded during a 1994 winter-spring tour of the U.S. (the title is a joke) and finds the singer/songwriter backed by the Guilty Dogs, a guitar-bass-drums trio. He doesn't need any more ammunition than that, not when he's got a set of 15 songs drawn from his last four critically acclaimed albums, including "Thing Called Love" and "Tennessee Plates." Hiatt gives his songs a rougher treatment than some of those who have covered them, his throaty voice giving even love songs like "Angel Eyes" an unsentimental force. In the absence of an A&M best-of, Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan? makes a good sampler of his work, 1987-1993.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Through Your Hands
  2. Real Fine Love
  3. Memphis in the Meantime
  4. Icy Blue Heart
  5. Paper Thin
  6. Angel Eyes
  7. Your Dad Did
  8. Have a Little Faith in Me
  9. Drive South
  10. Thing Called Love
  11. Perfectly Good Guitar
  12. Feels Like Rain
  13. Tennessee Plates
  14. Lipstick Sunset
  15. Slow Turning
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