11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tom Petty's second LP with his pre-Heartbreakers band is his loosest in years. 2 charts Petty’s personal history of rock ’n’ roll with top-down ease, from Buddy Holly to the Byrds, with shades of country (“The Other Side of the Mountain”), psychedelic soul (“Hope”), and Petty’s own big-sky balladry (“Dreams of Flying”) in between. Most impressive is how high the quality is given how low the stakes—it takes confidence to sound this casual.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tom Petty's second LP with his pre-Heartbreakers band is his loosest in years. 2 charts Petty’s personal history of rock ’n’ roll with top-down ease, from Buddy Holly to the Byrds, with shades of country (“The Other Side of the Mountain”), psychedelic soul (“Hope”), and Petty’s own big-sky balladry (“Dreams of Flying”) in between. Most impressive is how high the quality is given how low the stakes—it takes confidence to sound this casual.

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