Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ first studio album in four years, hearkens back to Petty’s early years and classic, ‘60s-inspired sound. The bar is immediately set with the raw opening riffs of hopefully hopeless “American Dream Plan B,” followed swiftly by Petty’s still perfect signature drawl. Petty has always been a great storyteller and songwriter, and each of the 11 rock-solid tunes on Hypnotic Eye poetically captures a different aspect of the human experience and the uniquely American sound that he helped pioneer. Don’t expect any ballads, however. This album is pure rock and roll from a band that has only gotten better with age. Standout tracks include “Faultlines,” driven by Steve Ferrone’s rapid-fire drumbeats, melodic “Red River,” and catchy, guitar-laden “All You Can Carry,” with Petty advising, “Take what you can and leave the past behind.” On Hypnotic Eye, Petty and the Heartbreakers manage to honor their past while remaining firmly planted in the present.