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John Hiatt marks the 40th anniversary of his first album with a set of gruff Americana songs, from the blues of “Here to Stay” to the banjo-led “Wind Don’t Have to Hurry”.

The LA singer-songwriter’s grizzled voice suits the material well, rumbling through the tracks like a vintage saloon bumping along a dusty road, humour leavening the hard-luck tales (“Sometimes love can be so wrong/Like a fat man in a thong”).

John Hiatt

Terms of My Surrender

(New West)

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