15 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though its songs were featured in the Ed Burns film She’s the One, this album stands as the ninth studio album by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. (It’s been noted, however, that the album isn't mentioned in Peter Bogdanovich’s four-hour documentary Runnin’ Down a Dream, suggesting the doc needed a fifth hour to fully tell its story.) Producer Rick Rubin makes his presence felt among Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell, who produced the album together. They instituted a tight, airless sound that gives songs like “Hope You Never” and “Walls (Circus)” a powerful and direct essence. (Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham provided background vocals on “Walls.”) Interestingly, two of the album’s best tracks are modern covers. Lucinda Williams’ “Change the Locks” is perfect for Petty’s contemptuous sneer, as is Beck’s “A*****e.” “Grew Up Fast” is an atmospheric creep. “Zero from Outer Space” allows for a harmonica-driven and guitar-heavy blues jam. The drum seat was up for grabs, with Curt Bisquera, Steve Ferrone, and Ringo Starr (!) (on “Hung Up and Overdue") all present on different tracks. Ferrone would land the job

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though its songs were featured in the Ed Burns film She’s the One, this album stands as the ninth studio album by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. (It’s been noted, however, that the album isn't mentioned in Peter Bogdanovich’s four-hour documentary Runnin’ Down a Dream, suggesting the doc needed a fifth hour to fully tell its story.) Producer Rick Rubin makes his presence felt among Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell, who produced the album together. They instituted a tight, airless sound that gives songs like “Hope You Never” and “Walls (Circus)” a powerful and direct essence. (Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham provided background vocals on “Walls.”) Interestingly, two of the album’s best tracks are modern covers. Lucinda Williams’ “Change the Locks” is perfect for Petty’s contemptuous sneer, as is Beck’s “A*****e.” “Grew Up Fast” is an atmospheric creep. “Zero from Outer Space” allows for a harmonica-driven and guitar-heavy blues jam. The drum seat was up for grabs, with Curt Bisquera, Steve Ferrone, and Ringo Starr (!) (on “Hung Up and Overdue") all present on different tracks. Ferrone would land the job

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings
J Crowe ,

Don't be fooled. High quality and better than soundtrack might suggest

Really excellent stuff here. Good harmony great guitar and varied style. Two cuts recorded during Tom's excellent Wildflowers album. Underrated by many

TP💗 ,

Walls #3

Best singer/songwriter perhaps ever

Skippaulson ,

Check this one out!

I was never a huge Tom Petty fan, but this album is one of the best kept secrets around. One of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish and not get bored. It is out of the normal realm of Petty and the Heartbreakers, but has great tracks and keeps your interest. As I said before, this is one of my favorites- but seems to be hidden away from the world for some reason.

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