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John Hiatt, a songwriting virtuoso in the vein of Randy Newman or Warren Zevon, has been behind such classics as “Have a Little Faith in Me.” With more than 20 studio albums to his name, you’d expect him to have run out of ideas by now. But his latest album of rootsy rock, country and blues, Mystic Pinball, is full of the edgy, unhurried thrill of a master in the fourth decade of his career, totally in control of his craft. Where recent releases like his 2010 release The Open Road explored loss and loneliness, Mystic Pinball finds Hiatt in high spirits. His confidence is palpable and winning, making Hiatt a pleasure whether you’re an old fan or a new convert.

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