First Appeared in The Music Box, May/June 1995, Volume 2, #5
Written by John Metzger
This latest collection from Tom Petty is a parade of songs that demonstrates the many influences he has had on his career. Instead of the usual hard-edged rock that is heavy on The Byrds, Petty turns up his Dylan influence a notch and really turns things inside-out on songs like the title track and You Don't Know How It Feels. A Jackson Browne influence is apparent on Time to Move On, Pink Floyd inspires Wake Up Time, and there are Moody Blues splatterings all over the place. (If you're wondering what it would sound like if the Moody Blues collaborated with the Byrds, check out A Higher Place!) Of course, for fans longing for those old Petty songs, there's always You Wreck Me. This may be Petty's best album to date, and it's definitely his most diverse!
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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