12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tom Petty's records always sound like they were made by the Valedictorian of Rock n' Roll 101, as if he listened to the old records and figured out how to create his own classic rock based on elemental rock n' roll truths. He's never tried to do too much; much like Neil Young, he's found the direct path is the most convincing. For this third solo album, Petty keeps it simple, reigning in the usual plush textures of producer Jeff Lynne for something closer to the stripped down folksy approach of his 1994 Wildflowers release. Father Time clearly weighs on his mind. Though the album's title gives the clue that Petty hears these songs as ones for the road, the mileage is wracking up. ("If you don't run, you rust," he sings, echoing Neil Young in "Big Weekend"). It all adds up to one of Petty's most poignant albums. "Saving Grace" begins things with an excited shuffle, but the undertow is there ("And it's hard to say/ who you are these days / but you run on anyway") and is most effective on the quietest numbers ("Square One," "Damaged by Love").

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Tom Petty's records always sound like they were made by the Valedictorian of Rock n' Roll 101, as if he listened to the old records and figured out how to create his own classic rock based on elemental rock n' roll truths. He's never tried to do too much; much like Neil Young, he's found the direct path is the most convincing. For this third solo album, Petty keeps it simple, reigning in the usual plush textures of producer Jeff Lynne for something closer to the stripped down folksy approach of his 1994 Wildflowers release. Father Time clearly weighs on his mind. Though the album's title gives the clue that Petty hears these songs as ones for the road, the mileage is wracking up. ("If you don't run, you rust," he sings, echoing Neil Young in "Big Weekend"). It all adds up to one of Petty's most poignant albums. "Saving Grace" begins things with an excited shuffle, but the undertow is there ("And it's hard to say/ who you are these days / but you run on anyway") and is most effective on the quietest numbers ("Square One," "Damaged by Love").

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

portlin ,

highway companion

this is unquestionably one of the finest albums to emerge in the last decade. i’ve been listening to it since it was released in 2006 and haven’t tired of it. the songs and melodies just keep on keeping’ on.

Coach Lonster XVIII ,

The Boring Phase of Petty's Career

2002-2006 marked the boring phase of Tom Petty's career, which peaked in 1994 with the release of Wildflowers. Laid-back mid tempo tracks with a country flavor was the dominant musical theme of snooze phase. Night Driver makes me want to fall asleep at the wheel. His career resumed at full-speed with the release of Mojo in 2010 and he has been at his best ever since.

Lorso ,

Complete My Album Please?

Bad rating for iTunes, not for Petty. But Buyer Beware:

This am, I bought a few tracks. Then I hit Complete My Album... and immediately received a “Being Modified, Try Again Later” error message.

When I reopen iTunes just a min later, the option to Complete My Album is gone. Itunes shows I purchased 7 tracks l.

I can buy the remaining 5 for $1.29 each.

So now this album costs me $15.48?

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