Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Hypnotic Eye

Reprise

Sep 23, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J Bookmark and Share


"Take what you can and leave the past behind," sings Tom Petty on "All You Can Carry." "We gotta run."

Petty and company don't exactly shed their skin for their new album, but Hypnotic Eye is otherwise all forward motion. Where the band may have long ago settled in as an established, familiar presence, it's striking to hear a nearly 40-year-old outfit present one of their best albums yet.

"American Dream Plan B" is born for the radio, while the fevered "Faultlines" is a real jewel, like high-tension Tex-Mex throwing showers of guitar sparks. And with "I love you more than the sins of my youth," from "Sins of My Youth," Petty offers a new declaration of affection that's weightier and far more colorful than any Hallmark card. www.tompetty.com

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