12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tom Petty’s adventures with the Traveling Wilburys informed Full Moon Fever, his first solo album and his loosest, most fun-loving since his debut with the Heartbreakers 13 years before. As nicely calibrated as you’d expect of a Jeff Lynne co-production, the record offers track after track of California studio-rock perfection; “Free Fallin’” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” two of the radio staples on display here, nailed their respective moods of regret and euphoria in dramatic, hook-filled settings. At the same time, Petty lived up to a liner-note thanks to Roger Miller with the likes of “The Apartment Song” and “A Mind With a Heart of Its Own,” which could’ve come from the King of the Road’s songbook or from some half-forgotten one-shot 45. They’re a reminder that perfection can come more than one way.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tom Petty’s adventures with the Traveling Wilburys informed Full Moon Fever, his first solo album and his loosest, most fun-loving since his debut with the Heartbreakers 13 years before. As nicely calibrated as you’d expect of a Jeff Lynne co-production, the record offers track after track of California studio-rock perfection; “Free Fallin’” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” two of the radio staples on display here, nailed their respective moods of regret and euphoria in dramatic, hook-filled settings. At the same time, Petty lived up to a liner-note thanks to Roger Miller with the likes of “The Apartment Song” and “A Mind With a Heart of Its Own,” which could’ve come from the King of the Road’s songbook or from some half-forgotten one-shot 45. They’re a reminder that perfection can come more than one way.

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