Aug. 2, 2014

Petty Back With a Vengeance With "Hypnotic Eye"

"I love you more than the sins of my youth."
(from 'Sins of My Youth')


Let me cut to the chase. Tom Petty has just released one of his top five recordings in his very long Hall of Fame career with "Hypnotic Eye." To say Petty has "Returned" to his former great form is not fair, but would be accurate. This album deserves repeated listenings and I know will serve as the soundtrack of "My Summer" in 2014.

I have to admit that I am a real hardass about rock n roll. I RARELY revisit my heroes of my youth. Tom Petty has more than earned my attention with this release. There is not a filler track on the entire 11-song CD.

I'm not going to go into too much hype and song analysis. I do that on most reviews. This record is a complete and mature work of art.

Petty opens with "American Plan B," which is a declarative statement of "Fighting until I get it right." Petty got it right this time and the man is in his 60's. It is not fair to compare this man's 2014 work with the brilliant work he did as a younger man.

Take a few listens to "Forgotten Man." That is quite a statement in itself. Think about ANY rock fan over the last 35 years listing their influences. Tom Petty is often listed in the top 3-4 with The Beatles, Stones, Springsteen & Tom Petty.

The last and most important thing I'd like to bring up is the fact that his fine Heartbreakers truly shine on this effort. They were given a fantastic canvas to paint with and shine. Campbell and Tench especially make a grand showing.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are ALL in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a unit and this CD reconfirms that they are still great.

Please download "Hypnotic Eye" and play that sucker in your car for a week. It will make you happy.