Same Old Man - John Hiatt
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It finds Hiatt's country-tinged songwriting and mordant sense of humor in top form. [6 June 2008, p.119]
  2. Same Old Man shows he's learned a lot since then, and you can hear the lessons shining through in this music.
  3. On his 19th studio album, John Hiatt has rediscovered his muse--more wrinkled and greyer than before, but central to a musically unvarnished song cycle tracing the ups and downs of a long-term relationship.... Two of these songs rank with Hiatt’s best work.
  4. His latest is one of his best in recent years.
  5. Some of those changes have been for good, and some haven't, but the former wins out on Hiatt's 20th album.
  6. Same Old Men could use more wry rockers like "Old Days" and fewer love songs that veer uncomfortably into the middle of the road, but otherwise, Hiatt threatens to give growing old a good name.
  7. Hiatt’s Same Old Man says it all in the title--he’s the same songwriter he’s been for years, and his formula is tried and true. The only thing is, his formula becomes closer to perfect with each and every test.
  8. 60
    Same Old Man won't upend the form-book, but it's an agreeably unpretentious addition to the Indiana-born veteran's canon. [June 2008, p.93]
  9. Same Old Man isn’t Hiatt’s finest hour but it’s still far from his worst.

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