16 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With his last solo album, 2006’s Highway Companion, Tom Petty began feeling his age, reflecting on how much of his life was now past. Now at 60, he again teams up with his Heartbreakers and re-finds his, well, “mojo” with this compelling modern version of the blues. The Heartbreakers have always been a solid rock for Petty, and their playing has always served the songs to the point where their musicianship’s often been overlooked. But Mike Campbell is among the best second men in rock, and his lead guitar playing has defined Petty’s sound for years. Here, it comes out blistering, as if the band have spent their entire career studying Chicago blues. There’s the slow creep of “Takin’ My Time,” the full-on highway attack of “U.S. 41,” and the heartbreak shuffle of “Let Yourself Go,” where Petty takes his FM-radio croon and his classic rock stature and applies it to the music that influenced his influences. “Don’t Pull Me Over” sparkles with a touch of country honky-tonk in its visions of falling stars on moonlit nights. It’s an unexpected and welcomed move from a guy more often likened to folk-rock and the jangle of The Byrds.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

With his last solo album, 2006’s Highway Companion, Tom Petty began feeling his age, reflecting on how much of his life was now past. Now at 60, he again teams up with his Heartbreakers and re-finds his, well, “mojo” with this compelling modern version of the blues. The Heartbreakers have always been a solid rock for Petty, and their playing has always served the songs to the point where their musicianship’s often been overlooked. But Mike Campbell is among the best second men in rock, and his lead guitar playing has defined Petty’s sound for years. Here, it comes out blistering, as if the band have spent their entire career studying Chicago blues. There’s the slow creep of “Takin’ My Time,” the full-on highway attack of “U.S. 41,” and the heartbreak shuffle of “Let Yourself Go,” where Petty takes his FM-radio croon and his classic rock stature and applies it to the music that influenced his influences. “Don’t Pull Me Over” sparkles with a touch of country honky-tonk in its visions of falling stars on moonlit nights. It’s an unexpected and welcomed move from a guy more often likened to folk-rock and the jangle of The Byrds.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings
23 Ratings
Imarockinron ,

mojo

This may not be the Tom Petty you listened to in your younger days, but its blues based music deserves a listen, especially if your a fan

NYMatt ,

Petty reinvented

These guys are playing like they are still young. This album rocks at times, and mellows out at times. I listen to it all summer, because it seems to have a beach theme to it.

Ironhillsdan ,

TP & the boys done lost their Mojo

Somebody please find a ju ju hand and a black cat bone for the dudes from Fla., cause they need an energy boost, big time. Album name is ironic, as the band's mojo is missing in action. This is the most dissapointing album of Petty's storied career. I have the entire Petty library in my collection and consider him and his band one of the best in history of rock, but was so bored with this that I traded it in. I love the blues, but not this.

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