The debut solo album from Tom Petty is a pure, chilled-out rock record that’s soaked in summer rays, tapping into the power of rhythm guitar and journeying through Petty’s influences from the 50’s and 60’s.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ eighth release travels in the same lane as Petty’s sucessful solo debut album Full Moon Fever, with the meticulous Jeff Lynne returning as producer and cowriter, creating a clean-cut collection of shimmering, succinct rock songs.
Soon after touring as the backing band for Bob Dylan in 1986, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their seventh LP, an album designed to sound ‘live’, which they delivered to some degree, with lighter musical tones and heavier subject matter.
Southern Accents aimed at being a concept album about the band’s origins (they’re from Gainseville, Florida), but the project was too ambitious to stay in Dixieland.
The aptly titled Damn the Torpedoes arose from navigating contractural mines with their label; a record of hardened confidence yet vulnerable sincerity which harkened their heroes like the Stones and Byrds with part muscle and part jangle.