MUSIC REVIEW: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

Hypnotic Eye, the new album by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on Reprise Records.
Hypnotic Eye, the new album by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on Reprise Records.

Blue collar rock to stir the heart and soul

If all albums are as good as Hypnotic Eye, the first in four years from Florida rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, then heaven help us.

One of the leading singer-songwriters in the last thirty years, Petty has pulled off a musical miracle that only the likes of Dylan, Springsteen, Lennon and McCartney could have achieved

Hypnotic Eye is billed as a rock and roll record, but it is much more than that with its gripping commentary on US society in songs like American Dream Plan B, Power Drunk and Burnt Out Town.

Musical influences as diverse as The Rolling Sones, Genesis, Van Morrison and even Cliff Richard - just listen to All You Can Carry and you might think it is Devil Woman instead - merge together on a soft rock album from the gods.

Full Grown Boy, Forgotten Man (a cocktail of The Rolling Stones’ Not Fade Away and Jumpin’ Jack Flash) and climatic Shadow People are a reminder that pop albums used to be all like this.

The album ends with a nod to Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven as Petty concludes “Waiting for the sun to be straight overhead til we ain’t got no shadow at all”.

Dylan, Springsteen, Lennon and McCartney will be most impressed with Hypnotic Eye.

Music Review by Winston Brown.