Hypnotic Eye (CD)


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

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Amoeba Review

07/28/2014

On their lucky No. 13 album, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers stay vital instead of moving off to pasture. With terrific swagger, cool riffs but his Petty’s ultimately easygoing vibe, “American Dream Plan B” makes for an immediately appealing album opener, as Petty sings, “got a dream, gonna fight till I get it right.” On “Red River,” Petty grabs you right off the bat with his attention to detail (“She’s got a 3D Jesus in a picture frame/Got a child that she never named”). The Heartbreakers keep things propulsive yet dynamic throughout, swaying through “Full Grown Boy” before unleashing the rollicking “All You Carry.” Hypnotic Eye is also incredibly solid, as the later songs on the album are just as strong and make it worth listening through. The mournful, nostalgic “Sins of My Youth” sees Petty singing “I love you more than the sins of my youth,” like a man willfully resigned to give up past vices. “Forgotten Man” has the feel of Petty’s jauntiest hits like “American Girl,” yet its spacey tremoloed guitars and Petty’s purposefully warped vocals give it a kind of acute desperation. And “U Get Me High” doesn’t just sound like a Prince song title, with its pulsing bassline, lovestruck lyrics and gnarly licks. By the time we get to starkly beautiful closer “Shadow People,” it’s clear Petty and the Heartbreakers haven’t lost an ounce of vigor over the years as Hypnotic Eye is among their most enticing later-era releases.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
American Dream Plan B
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 02:59
2.
Fault Lines
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 04:27
3.
Red River
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 03:59
4.
Full Grown Boy
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 03:26
5.
All You Can Carry
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 04:34
6.
Power Drunk
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 04:39
7.
Forgotten Man
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 02:48
8.
Sins Of My Youth
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 03:49
9.
U Get Me High
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 04:11
10.
Burnt Out Town
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 03:04
11.
Shadow People
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 06:43

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