The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup (or coincidental music militia one could say) consisting of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and George Harrison; and Vol. 1 is their serendipitous debut album recorded in only 10 days, full of solid and exuberant tunes with mass appeal.
Released approximately five years after their formation, the debut album from British group Broadcast fuses 1960’s psychedelic sensibilities with nebulous electronic and a message that’s soft and longing.
Hypnotic Eye is built with heart and steel; the sound of a consummate roots rock band revisting their own roots, which became the highest charting release in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ storied career.
Nearly two decades removed from their supposed final studio album, A Tribe Called Quest covertly create their sixth which doesn’t falter or disappoint; a grab bag of uniquely crafted songs of black identity, social awareness, injustice, and an undying spirit of unity.
The twelth album from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is a stylistic detour which some people didn’t expect, being built on a sleek Chicago blues backbone and filled out with spacious jam sessions and showcasing Mike Cambells’s excellent guitar chops.
The group would call it quits one month before the release of The Love Movement, but the album captures a genial ATCQ in a exceptionally positive mindset and lighthearted mood at the turn of the century.
The Last DJ from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers has it’s stark and orchestrated moments, as well as a big bone to pick with the music industry’s lust for cash over creativity.
Couched in the inner tensions and outer hype of a follow-up from three consecutive classics, the Tribe’s fourth is a energy-lacking bust for some, but for others it’s a solid delivery of smooth and smokey hip hop, solemnly stated and lurking, but also transcending the hostility seen in the mainstream gangsta rap of the 90’s.
Tom Petty’s tenth album with the Heartbreakers is a set of finely tuned songs with spick and span production, all emanating from Petty wrestling with the reality of an ended marriage; a place of sincerity and often woeful contemplation.
Precise, bass heavy, and just right. Low End Theory’s next of kin is Midnight Maruaders, and along with A Tribe Called Quest’s debut, make a unmatched trifecta of 90’s alternative hip hop.
She’s the One is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ ninth album and the official soundtrack for the 1996 film of the same name, with production work (by Rick Rubin, Mike Campbell and Petty) that gives these songs a soft glow and loose and rickety feel.
A Tribe Called Quest’s sophomore release is markedly distinct from their debut, featuring a focus on bass-heavy tracks, more wordplay and added gravity, all the while paving a needed crosswalk between the jazz and rap aesthetics.