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  • Summary: The first full-length release in four years for the singer-songwriter was produced by Kevin McKendree.
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  • Record Label: New West
  • Genre(s): Americana, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Roots Rock, Country-Rock
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  1. Oct 15, 2018
    80
    The Eclipse Sessions is, in many ways, exactly the kind of album we would expect from John Hiatt, but it's also, as he says, a pleasant surprise. There's plenty of the familiar rootsy musical stylings and sharp wit we expect from him, but unique arrangements also pop out of the woodwork, reaffirming what fans have known for many years--there's nobody quite like John Hiatt.
  2. Oct 15, 2018
    80
    Hiatt's band (Yates McKendree on guitar, Patrick O'Hearn on bass, Kenneth Blevins on drums, Kevin McKendree on keys) lays a lean but eloquent groove behind his performances, and the audio is rich and clear. One hopes for his sake that John Hiatt's life is happier than The Eclipse Sessions may suggest, but either way he's given us a dark night of the soul that's compelling and beautifully crafted.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 15, 2018
    80
    From dive-bar romps to plaintive reflection, this is his strongest collection for some time. [Nov 2018, p.30]
  4. Oct 15, 2018
    68
    If his latest album doesn’t quite rise to the level of Bring the Family or Slow Turning, well, that’s a high bar, and Hiatt is not the same person as he was in his mid-30s. But the past is past, and The Eclipse Sessions is strong enough to make an impression of its own.

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