Even John Hiatt's most ardent fans weren't ready for this masterpiece to be dropped in their laps in 1987. Hiatt had spent most of the 70's and 80's playing pick-a-style, bouncing from southern country rock to Elvis Costello redux and back again. With Family, though, he pared away every bit of excess and delivered his best set of songs with the understated, impossibly tasteful backing of Nick Lowe on bass, Ry Cooder on guitar and Jim Keltner on drums. Hiatt's sober, uncompromising examination of his previously drunken life was breathtaking; producing instant classics in "Have a Little Faith in Me" and "Thing Called Love." Family remains a landmark of adult album rock. --Michael Ruby
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Mark Nagely | Sabetha, KS United States | 03/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my first John Hiatt CD. I loved it so much that I've purchased several others since. This is still my favorite. In my opinion, John Hiatt is a great singer/songwriter that doesn't get the attention he deserves."