No Depression (11-12/01, p.115) - "...The best of John Hiatt is well and truly represented on this collection..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/21-8/28/98, p.126) - "The title is a misnomber since Hiatt's been with Capitol only since '95 and this classiest of roots-pop singer-songwriters has been recording since the '70s....Suggested title: SOME OF THE BEST OF JOHN HIATT." - Rating: BQ (10/00, p.144) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[His] songs nearly always find love going very bad indeed....tracks such as 'Angel Eyes' are just the kind of songs you're doomed to hear on the radio just after your lover has disappeared with the VCR and the cat..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/27/95, p.94) - "...Hiatt has a genuine knack for upending stock images. Instead of fawning over an old dog that reminds him of lost happiness ('Dust Down A Country Road'), he'd love to shoot the damn thing." - Rating: AQ (1/96, pp.130-132) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...highly conversational works, fragmentary, less stylised and more restless..."Musician (11/95, p.90) - "...the songs...reflect his peripatetic life....They burst with romantic longing, and with the dislocation and darkness encountered by a soul adrift on the road....While a somberly introspective mood prevails, he has maintained his singularly loopy sense of humor..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums of '95 - "...As romance goes wrong and couples drift apart, Mr. Hiatt observes all the details of pain, lonliness and resignation..."
"[B]acked by a roadhouse band who deliver cracking roots-rock on a set drawn from his first two decades, delivered with his customary energy and passion." Uncut
Dirty Linen (p.90) - "Hiatt mixes old and new in proportion so that you get a good dose of the material that made you buy a ticket to the show, and also a look at the newest body of work he is on the road supporting."
Uncut (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "MONEY MUSIC roars along like early Replacements hitched to Texan country-rockers the Old 97s."No Depression (p.77) - "The album continues his evolution from country-blues toward steady rolling pop-soul that rests in a comfortable pocket alongside John Hiatt and Marc Cohn..."
Rolling Stone (p.72) - "The pileup of country, norteo and R&B that is Texas music would not exist without border radio."Uncut (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Here country, soul and blues get a mariachi flavoring and everything rocks fabulously."Dirty Linen (p.45) - "Banjo player Gregory Liszt is a crisply precise picker who seems to draw inspiration from every banjo innovator from Earl Scruggs to Bela Fleck."Living Blues (p.60) - "The music is eclectic - highlights include Ely doing a Bobby Fuller song, John Hiatt doing one by Sir Doug, Rodney Crowell doing a Buddy Holly, and Lyle Lovett doing a Bob Wills..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.64) - Ranked #4 in Mojo's "2005 Americana Albums Of The Year."
Rolling Stone (10/28/93, p.78) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...there is rock after 40....John Hiatt touts craft and class...secure in the knowledge that he's a man who's already got soul..."Entertainment Weekly (10/1/93, p.56) - "...a decidedly edgier offering than his last solo effort, 1990's STOLEN MOMENTS....Lucky for us, Hiatt hasn't forsaken his aching, bluesy, balladic side..." - Rating: B+Q (1/94, p.86) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...there's a youthful exuberance to the album that places it closer to the pop mainstream than anything this accomplished songsmith has done before...."Q (10/93, p.106) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[PERFECTLY GOOD GUITAR] pits Hiatt's turbulent vocal style and hard-edged writing...against a band who sound as if they're getting the hang of the material for the first time..."Musician (10/93, p.87) - "...[John] Hiatt's PERFECTLY GOOD GUITAR eschews the contented, balladic approach in favor of a guitar-driven, band-fueled album that's mostly about turning out to be restless after all...Hiatt's most fun album in ages..."Village Voice (3/1/94, p.5) - Ranked #38 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Rolling Stone (7/5/01, p.138) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...An affectionate and agreeable collection....going down as easily as Southern Comfort..."Entertainment Weekly (8/17/01, p.73) - "...A quasi-star-studded, rich salute to the blues..." - Rating: B+CMJ (8/01, p.76) - "...Populated by artists who learned directly under the guiding hand of the honoree..."Down Beat (8/01, pp.65-6) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The bedrock simplicity at the heart of Hurt's tunes is what makes this 15-song hat-tip such a successful venture..."Living Blues (9-10/01, pp.70-1) - "...Those intrigued by the possibilities offered by Hurt's music in a variety of settings will find this a fitting tribute..."No Depression (7-8/01, p.129) - "...The best of these performances make you fall in love with Hurt like it was the first time..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.69) - Included in Mojo's "Best Americana of 2001".Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.97) - "...No showcasing, just understated, and 'right'..."
Dirty Linen (4/04, p.53) - "[T]his one was well worth it, and provides interesting and challenging listening."