Picks and Pans Review: Little Head
One of a dying breed—the prolific song craftsman—Hiatt gets neither the radio play nor the retail sales enjoyed by many of the artists who have covered his tunes. While he is best known for writing Bonnie Raitt's career resuscitator, "Thing Called Love," he has turned out songs for the likes of Ricky Nelson, Dave Edmunds and Three Dog Night as well during his nearly 25-year recording career. But Hiatt is also a funky, soulful singer who consistently generates solid, good-time, bass-drums-and-guitar-driven pop as well as searing ballads that—depending on your age—are either timeless or Jurassic.
Hiatt here serves up a new batch of tuneful chronicles about liars, babes and other passions. Peppered with horn blasts and sitar strains, as well as lewd puns and goofy rhymes ("...red sweater...Eddie Vedder"), Little Head, his 14th album, brims with great pleasures. (Capitol)