Sunday, 3 August 2014

Review: Hypnotic Eye (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)

#746: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! First thing first: This LP is so good, I had to offer up an overview for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF)! The only tentative link with former producer and fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne for this the thirteenth (13th) album - "Hypnotic Eye" - by Tom Petty and his legendary Heartbreakers outfit is the input of co-producer Ryan Ulyate, who worked with Jeff for those ELO remasters and, of course, "Zoom" back in 2001. Although there are elements within the album that ooze with the production values of Jeff, this release is a real return to the early days of the band, particularly their eponymously entitled 1976 debut album and "You're Gonna Get It" (1978).

This is a strong record and a return to form for Tom and the gang with some cutting lyrics matched by the guitar artistry of Mike Campbell throughout. The record is announced by stomping lead single "American Dream Plan B" and it not only grabs your attention, it keeps your attention throughout with the familiar Petty storytelling of "Red River" contrasting with the jazzy "Full Grown Boy" and pensive "Sins Of My Youth". The R 'n' B of "Burnt Out Town" and "Power Drunk" is sheer class too. It is indeed difficult to select favourites from the eleven (11) tracks on show but, for me, the repeat button is pressed most often for "All You Can Carry" and final cut "Shadow People". These are simply magnificent creations on a release that not only rolls back the years, it rightly returns TP, literally a "21st Century Man", to the forefront of American (and world) rock. (9.5/10)
Trax: [1] "American Dream Plan B" (2:59); [2] "Fault Lines" (4:27); [3] "Red River" (3:59); [4] "Full Grown Boy" (3:26); [5] "All You Can Carry" (4:34); [6] "Power Drunk" (4:39); [7] "Forgotten Man" (2:48); [8] "Sins Of My Youth" (3:49); [9] "U Get Me High" (4:11); [10] "Burnt Out Town" (3:04); [11] "Shadow People" (6:43)

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Hypnotic Eye" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, The Traveling WilburysThe MoveRoy Wood, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 03-Aug-2014

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