11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are considered a raw, no-nonsense rock ’n’ roll band, they’ve also always understood the value of smart production. They love to rock—make no mistake—but they also love to make records. 2014’s Hypnotic Eye makes that obvious with the timely “American Dream Plan B,” where the band’s textures alter from verse to chorus with ease. It's the result of Petty, his right-hand man Mike Campbell (a multi-instrumentalist), and coproducer Ryan Ulyate knowing intuitively how to make basic rock sound multidimensional in the studio—and hopefully on the radio. “Full Grown Boy” provides a light, swinging touch from Benmont Tench’s jazzy piano hands, making the return of Campbell’s electric guitar riffs on “All You Can Carry” a powerful left hook. The sound is often aggressive, as if the guys were hammering things out in the garage out back (“Red River,” “Power Drunk,” “Forgotten Man”). Yet three years in the making suggests that great care and thought went into the emotional immediacy of another powerful and heartfelt Heartbreakers album.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are considered a raw, no-nonsense rock ’n’ roll band, they’ve also always understood the value of smart production. They love to rock—make no mistake—but they also love to make records. 2014’s Hypnotic Eye makes that obvious with the timely “American Dream Plan B,” where the band’s textures alter from verse to chorus with ease. It's the result of Petty, his right-hand man Mike Campbell (a multi-instrumentalist), and coproducer Ryan Ulyate knowing intuitively how to make basic rock sound multidimensional in the studio—and hopefully on the radio. “Full Grown Boy” provides a light, swinging touch from Benmont Tench’s jazzy piano hands, making the return of Campbell’s electric guitar riffs on “All You Can Carry” a powerful left hook. The sound is often aggressive, as if the guys were hammering things out in the garage out back (“Red River,” “Power Drunk,” “Forgotten Man”). Yet three years in the making suggests that great care and thought went into the emotional immediacy of another powerful and heartfelt Heartbreakers album.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
744 Ratings

744 Ratings

Pettyphile9 ,

The hits just keep comin'

Not surprised it's this good... the sound is familiar and, at the same time, fresh and exciting. But... isn't that the way it always is with Heartbreakers albums? Tom Petty is and always has been at the forefront of this country's (or, any other country) songwriting talent. "American Dream Plan B" rocks!!! Hoping the balance of this album will achieve the high regard I have for favourite Heartbreakers' albums... Hard Promises, Echo, Wildflowers, Mojo, and the Last DJ

bellabomb ,

Yaay!

Waiting a long time to hear them rock like this. I’ve down loaded what I can.
July 29 should be a good day.

LizardKing72 ,

Not Sure

I don’t know, maybe it will grow on ya, but I am not into it first pass.

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