Hiatt tells how he finally stood up to his own lost life after walking away from too many confrontations. As he says about alcohol, "I couldn't stand up after one, no, 'til twenty had me down on the floor; Now the first one doesn't get me even though I'm the last one out the door.
But Bring the Family is steeped in blood ties; it's what American music is all about. Ry Cooder's last solo album, The Slide Areacame out in late ' Its overbearing machismo, the final development of a trend begun in Bop Till You Drop and continued in The Borderlineevidently proved as unpopular with the marketplace as it was with me; Cooder put out nothing under his own name for five years.
But, in the end, they're not Ry Cooder albums, and must serve the films for which they were written. One of The Slide Area 's problems was that Cooder wrote half the material himself soundtracks excepted, he seems incapable of writing a decent song for an album of his own.
Cooder's committed performances of them were all the more impressive. I'm happy to say he's back on track here, having written only one song, "Going Back to Okinawa," which sounds like a remake of Alamo Bay 's "Gooks on Main Street" and is the least interesting song on the album.
Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm" couldn't Album) any more if it tried; the tight, funky, bursting-at-the-seams arrangement was, I'm sure, a revelation to Cash himself. The arrangement, for all its brilliance, is so fresh it sounds as if made up on the spot. This is big-beat music stomping around in seven-league boots.
It's unconvincing, and ultimately condescending. He's much more believable in such ballads as "Across the Border Line," on which he's joined by a liquidly crooning Harry Dean Stanton, encoring here his Paris, Texas soundtrack cameo, LP.
And, as has been his custom on his preceding four albums, the closing song is a showcase for his quartet of backup singers, all gospel-trained. In this day of synthesizers, rhythm boxes, and vacuous videos, I'm happy to report that Ry Cooder is back in a big way. You'll wear this one out. Get Get Rhythm 's rhythm. I have always admired the arc of both John Hiatt and Ry Cooder's careers, not to mention their integrity as artists and musicians.
Both of them together with the like of keltner and Lowe has the makings of a fine Creole. Bring the Family is one of those titles that is so familiar, I wore though the PVC groove Album) had to buy another copy. Search form Search. Show Munich More Reports. Recording of the Month.
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