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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

1976

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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3.36

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Not particularly exciting. Definitely listenable, but pretty forgettable rock that doesn't feel like it pushes the boundaries of what I'm now used to.

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Pretty good, little blah through the middle. Like Breakdown.

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I once met Tom Petty (without The Heartbreakers) in a greasey spoon just off Camden highstreet. He was tucking into a full English and unbeknown to him got a bit of egg was stuck on his face for about 35 mins. I smugly waited until I had finished my mug of coffee, stood up and announced to everyone in earshot that Tom Petty was an egg-faced sausage-lover and ran out. I watched from the window as he wiped the egg from his embarrassed red face and as he did I banged on the window and let out a fart so thunderous that the single glazed window shuddered. He looked on in horror. What a fuckin' loser Tom Petty was that day.

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For a debut, it's not bad but there sure is a whole lot of Springsteen-esque garbage in here. Not enough to tank the album but enough to take the score down significantly. I'm really glad Petty and his boys figured out their own thing and got better from here. "Breakdown" and "American Girl" are both great tracks, though.

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Cet album V pour Vendetta ne m'a fait ni chaud ni froid. Je trouve neammoins très sympa l'annonce d'une nouvelle saison de la Ferme Célébrité en fin d'album.

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Qui aurait cru que Mickaël Vendetta avait sorti des albums de rock avec les Heartbreakers ? Certainement pas moi. Et pourtant j'ai beaucoup apprécié, tout au long de l'album, les nombreux moments où David Charvet lui demande d'arrêter de l'importuner ainsi que ceux au cours desquels Francky Vincent tente de le canaliser sous l'œil attentif de Greg le Millionnaire.

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3

Surprisingly average. The known songs are absolute classics but the remainder of the album is just filler. Would never put on to listen to full album. 3/5

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One of the most unhateable figures of classic rock and I love him. The only good thing to come out of Gainesville FL

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Nearly perfect, and breakdown and American girl are huge. American girl is one of the best songs of all time. But the rest of the album hasn’t lasted in perpetuity in the same way.

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Steady from beginning to end, definitely loved the back half of the album with Mystery man and Luna being favorites.

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Tom finding his own voice. Great heartland album, closer to Springsteen than what Tom was to later become. Great rock album.

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It’s one of those LPs that just seems pure and uncomplicated. Really loved this record. (8/10) Favourite Tracks: Breakdown, Hometown Blues, American Girl

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Saw the Heartbreakers at Leeds University - touring this album. Fan ever since.

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OK so under no pretences, this is a very straightforward rock and roll album. Petty and his band aren't aiming to re-invent the wheel here, but try and escape the positive energy, the enjoyment and enthusiasm that seems to spill over from these songs. One of the records greatest strengths is its pacing- none of it outstays its welcome. The songs are incredibly lean, straight to the point and the whole thing is over in 30 minutes. Finishing with "American Girl" is a masterstroke, because it immediately redeems the record's most forgettable tracks ("Mystery Man", "Luna") which come directly before it. It meant that when the album ended, all it left in its wake was me still tapping along, humming that irresistible refrain, salivating over playing it again. Of course that's the highlight, but I also found a lot to love in the forward propulsion of "Rockin' Around (With You)", those harmonies in "Hometown Blues", and the chugging guitars and chorus melody in "Anything That's Rock n Roll." An immensely enjoyable, tight album.

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Sometimes a debut sounds like a debut. Full of promise with flashes of genius. Whilst there are quite a few tracks on here that are forgettable run of the mill rock n roll songs, the great tracks (Breakdown, Strangered in the Night, and American girl elevate this to well above average album. 4/5

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Hahaha he looks like such a dickhead. If it was a snooker player, it'd be Paul Hunter (RIP).

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I'm a fan of Tom Petty's brand of no-frills heartland rockers, but there aren't too many bangers on here, except for the grand daddy of all Petty bangers at the end. And maybe Breakdown.

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Not really my cup of tea

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Not terrible, I just don’t think I’m ever gonna be a Tom Petty fan. 4/10

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On 'Fooled Again', Petty sounds like he's doing an impression of Keith Richards doing an impression of Mick Jagger. The rest of the album is similarly ersatz, or nostalgic, depending on how amenable you are to watered down r'n'r.

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I ruddy love Tom Petty, he's wonderful. This is a fantastic album with some of his best.

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Perfect in its simplicity

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R.I.P. Great album

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I'm now listening to the debut album of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from the year 1976. All I can think is how much I miss Tom Petty and everything about him. I'm not sure I can ever get tired of listening to Tom Petty. The songs sound fresh and it's a joy to hear these legendary hit songs within the context of the album as a whole. Listening to his voice, it's unique and I'm wondering how in the world it should work. I don't know what I'm trying to say. Sometimes you can look at something on paper and wonder how it could possibly work in real life. If I was building a rock star out of clay, I feel like I would end up with something very far away from Tom Petty. It doesn't make any sense the more I think about it. But it's all here to start in the first album. I'm enjoying this immensely. As we all know Tom became a legend, and one of the greatest rock musicians ever, he looms large even though he has passed. It's very simple and awesome. I'm very fucking excited to hear American Girl in it's original context at the end of the album.

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Feel good tunes!!!

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LOVE THIS ALBUM!! And the reminder to listen to more tom petty :-)

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I. Love. Tom. Petty.

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TP and the Hb will never not be great.

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Amazing album

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A fantastic album can’t believe I’ve never heard it before.

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Love Tom petty and the heartbreakers! love american girl! and breakdown!

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I was surprised by how much I liked this. Only knew a few of his songs before but I keep replaying this album.

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what an album, a stone cold classic

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FIVE

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Easy

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I've got plenty of Tom Patty's songs in a playllist, but ive never ever listen to whole album

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5

Ah. A classic. And I know it's basic to say American Girl is my favorite track, but it is. My only gripe is that the album is so short. Easily could have listened to Tom Petty for another half hour.

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Duh.

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5

I enjoyed every single song on the album, but none of them are giving me strong emotions just yet. I don't think this will ever reach 5 territory, but it is so solid I can't give it anything below a 4.

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Outstanding first album!

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Sensational 70’s guitar rock. 5 stars

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this is SO GOOD...please break my heart tom petty

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The frickin' best

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good solid album, history to the ears

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This is an American classic from a man who is an American classic. What a debut album for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers… What can I say. This is one of the great rock records of the 70s. Fantastic!

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I never think of Tom Petty. I don't dislike him but I never feel the need to listen to a whole album. Seems I've been depriving myself. I knew the singles Breakdown and American Girl (the latter of which I love...except when I'm driving alone at night and it comes on the radio and I start to sing along and then I realize I've seen someone sing along to this song driving alone at night and I don't want to put the lotion in the basket and so I turn it off real quick) but I didn't know any of the others. From the first drum beat, I loved this great mix of songs. And at a scant 30 minutes, this album goes down super easy and is never boring.

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I generally like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but I didn’t know that I would love this album. So good, track after track!!

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a really great album. it has what a call a southern USA rock sound

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I already know 5 and it's a damn shame this is his only entry on this list

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Got better toward the end. This is a very raw Tom petty. I liked it.

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RIP to legend. Songwriting doesn’t get much better than this

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Tom Petty’s debut album! It’s a little all over the place, some songs aren’t my favorite, but some songs just hit me like a ton of bricks. I fuckin’ miss you Tom. Super short, never overstays its welcome.

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I won’t back dow!

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Really enjoyed this.

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Great album

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Fun stuff

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I’m out of town and didn’t have a chance to listen to this, but am just going to assume it’s at least 4 stars because of the Silence of the Lambs connection.

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solid record

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false

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Nett

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i mean its TP, what's not to like. some filler in an already short album though

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I'm too used to American Girl being the start of an album that it feels really weird to have it be the end of the this album.

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Leuk rock 'n roll-album, af en toe wat te traag naar mijn smaak

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Great Album....brings back memories of high school days

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Guitar.

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8 out of 10 very chill would listen again minus 2 points cuz hes white

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A great collection of tight pop rock.

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Had only casually listened to Petty before...whatever was top 40 playlist stuff. Really liked the Wildflowers album that came up... Will listen again

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This is a pretty great listen with a lot of variety for the genre. There’s some great songs on here and while I don’t love all of them this is still a great album!

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The songs that are quicker in beat are killer. Some of the slower songs just sound like a whiny skinny white guy.

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Good pop rock.

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Pretty enjoyable album, fun tunes even though it probably won't change my life

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I liked this album . I already have four or five Tom Petty albums but never heard his first until today. 4 🌟

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I miss Tom Petty !

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Classic. American Girl.

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Great runtime, easy listening, just good basic rock and

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Really enjoyable album

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Not sure I ever listened to this cover to cover with decent headphones. Obviously, a lot of great material here but I'm loving the sounds and production too.

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Grunnurinn að amerísku rokki. Skemmtilegt stöff!

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Went down a Tom Petty rabbit hole with this one.

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Pretty cool!!

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Fun stuff

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liked this album . I already have four or five Tom Petty albums but never heard his first until today. 4 🌟

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Good and simple debut!

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Tom Petty is one of the greatest. I think some of the later heartbreakers stuff beats this album but it still rocks.

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I already knew I loved this album, but I found a few new solid hits. Mystery Man was a surprise for me.

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Muy buen disco

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Solid album. Had only heard the singles.

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I love Tom Petty, but honestly this album isn't one that I know that well aside from Breakdown and American Girl. Enjoyed this a lot, this album sounds a little more energetic and rambunctious than much of the material that would come out later, but is unmistakably Tom Petty. It's a fun listen!

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I was looking forward to listening this one, but it turned out to be quite a mixed bag. Some of the songs are really quite good, while others are pretty miserable, such as the opening track. Special mention goes to American Girl which is the sole reason I was looking forward to listening to this album. That one alone is an amazing classic of a song and lifts this album from a 3 to a 4.

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Solid album. Not my favourite Petty album but surely has a lot of great songs that showed he really hit the ground running Fave tracks: “American Girl” “Breakdown” “Fooled Around (I Don’t Like It)”

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I've always liked Tom Petty and this is a good album. It's not my favorite of his, though, but it's very good.

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Wasn't super familiar with this album, but it's Tom Petty. It's great.

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Am I the only one who misses short albums? I mean...ok, 30 minutes is a bit *too* short but there was something about a shorter overall statement that of course made you want more. Probably anything around 45 minutes is ideal - I know the CD age allowed and then encouraged longer-playing albums so things started changing in the late 80s. Anyways back to this one - I wasn't a big Tom Petty fan growing up probably a little because of his voice and also because of my prog/arena-rock preferences but he's really grown on me over the years. This is my first pass through his debut album, although I was definitely familiar with Breakdown and American Girl - two staples of rock radio over the decades (although American Girl never got played back in the day - I like to think that "Silence of the Lambs" gave that song new life ~15 years after its release). Nothing incredibly unique or special in this collection but at the same time it's direct rock that just sounds great and clean and yet with minimal production tricks. Excellent guitar-based melodic short rock tunes (nothing even hitting the 4 minute mark). "The Wild One, Forever" and "Fooled Again" were songs I'd not heard before that stood out for me. A strong debut album - would recommend. 7/10 4 stars.

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his this was a really fun one i loved american girl 🥸 it was nice and short but rocky

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Not bad. Nothing too exciting on here though.

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Pretty great

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A lot of goodies on here.

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Really solid album. Short songs

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,,rocking around witch you" catchy, i even started half dancing, positive vibe ,,breakdown" good vibe starting with nice guitar sounds that kept playing, i undersyand why its the second most listened track in this album ,,hometown blues" good vibe, catchy and positive like the first one there ,,the wild one, forever" difereny vibe this time, calmer music line but its getting more energetic at some points ,,anything thats rock`n`roll" good rock`n`roll vibe, energetic ,,strangered in the night" started with good guitar i liked it ,,fooled again (i don`t like)" simple, easy to remember text. nice vocal that raise at some times ,,mystery man" difereny. calmer I more mistery (?) vibe. good beat. kinda steady and chill ,,luna" starts with nice drumps, also good beat ,,american girl" catchy, instruments give a vibe, good vocal and backing vocals (at some moments) OMG i really liked this album and literally every song in it (definitely better than the previous one). i have a problem in choosing the best one. songs has a good vibe 70`s. nice rock`n`roll without unecessery screaming that hurt my ears. i liked the music line and the guitar solos(i didn`t focused on the lyrics bc it wasn`t at spotify, so u know). the most known from it it`s ,,american girl" that`s not my favourite i kinda liked more other tracks, ,,breakdown", ,,anything that`s rock`n`roll" or ,,mystery man". i really recomend this album and i will definitely listen to it again but still i didn`t found that song WAAY better than other that would literally HIT me. maybe not that strong 8/10 i think i`ll give it four stars

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solid album

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Não conhecia. me aprece uma semente que de um lado frutifica no hard rock 80 e outra no pop 90.

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Love it. The album has some of my favorites from Petty.

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American Girl is a 10 out of 5. The album as a whole for me wanting to hear more of his his. Tom Petty is a legend!

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4

Short sweet & classic. Good album, RIP Tom Petty!

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Classic timeless rock.

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3.5/5 Listened to a bunch of songs, never a complete album until now. Not disappointed. Good guitar riffs and easy to listen to. Favourite songs: - Rockin’ around (with you) - American girl

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4

Good album but Tom Petty had a formula and used it.

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The album is good and it solid. I had heard several of the songs previously.

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I wasn't sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, but I'm going with 4 just because of how great "American Girl" is...and also so I don't anger my mother, who loves Tom Petty more than anyone I know. Anyway, this album was alright. Not bad at all, and "American Girl" is incredible, but mostly just kind of okay.

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I was never sure how much I liked Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This definitely brought it up a few notches. Hearing their début album was very informative AND enjoyable in this endeavor.

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Great voice, tunes and all round fab album!

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Hi-Breakdown, Fooled Again (I Don't Like It) What a great album, Tom Petty just never gets old. Breakdown is just a smooth funky, jazzy song that you can't help to sway to. Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)...Well, I like it a lot!

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When I listen to the rock and roll music on this record I say “classic”

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Short, concise, sweet and precise: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers makes their mark upon the music world with this all killer, no filler collection of songs that uses its strengths to the best of their ability. Thirty minutes was all they needed to get their point across and they didn't waste any second of it. Delightful stuff, wonderful.

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this was an enjoyable listen! very southern rock and roll. i enjoy listening to artists' first album, because sometimes they had their sound down pat and other times it's interesting to see how they evolved. tom petty and the heartbreakers were pretty solid in their sound, for that matter! i don't think i was imagining it, but i got a small sense of punk in this album. very small, but makes sense for 1976.

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Note this is a completely bias review ;) One of my favorite bands. One of the things I love about them is that you always know one of their songs when you hear it. All the music they released after you can tell was rooted in this record. And who can go wrong with Breakdown? Albeit not my favorite album by them, I give 4 stars for the impact and legacy factor.

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I liked it

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You could play me just about any Tom Petty song and ask me to guess what year it came out - and I might be off by as much as 15 years in either direction. This dude basically stayed true to his "vibe" and rode it for 4+ decades. These songs would have been hits whether they were released in the 60s or the early 2000's. They're timeless (most of them). Still, you could hear TP and the HB figuring it out a little bit in this debut album (which isn't a bad thing). It's more eclectic than I remember some of his other albums being. Great stuff.

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S0L1D AL8UM

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Great album. Haven't listened to this one all the way through in a while and forgot how different they sounded here - definitely more Springsteen than their later albums. Some classic tracks too.

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I'm not a countryfan, but this is chill !

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Mid 3

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Two massive hits and a whole lot of what feels like incomplete demos. A pretty good debut. Best track: American Girl

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Cool album, some nice songs to listen but not something that can be considered masterpiece

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5/10

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Signs of greatness to come and American Girl is awesome!

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Still not a huge fan, but “Breakdown” and “American Girl” are classic...

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Dad rock of the finest order. Pairs nicely with Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen.

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I like tom petty. Though some of his songs seem to blend together. This album was pretty good overall. o overarching theme.

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American Girl is a great song but the rest of the album didn't knock my socks off on the first listen through.

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American Girl was great - the rest was average rock - imagine it would be good if you were doing a road trip across USA

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Not my fave petty

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Honestly, I've never gotten the hype and Tom Petty's voice annoys me. I did like this album better than I thought I would, Rockin Around With You and Breakdown particularly, but towards the end his shouty voice was grating on my nerves again.

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Overall it's not one of my favorite albums, but it has some great songs. American Girl is a total classic. Petty got better as his career went on. I'm not sure this album totally belongs on this list, but it's pretty good.

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The album was fine, but goddamn there's not a lot of Tom Petty that I vibe with.

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I like Tom Petty. He makes real music

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Fine. Strong first track, but sorta petered out.

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It's fine! But Breakdown is perfection.

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After listening to almost half a century's of music since this album was released, 'Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' doesn't offer anything unique or particularly interesting.

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A little country twang in a couple songs there. Didn't know ol' Tommy had that in him, but I should have. Was really nice to listen to this record.

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Tom Petty's voice has always been hit or miss for me. Of course, the classics on this album are Breakdown and America Girl, which I love. Some songs that caught my attention immediately on this album are "Fooled Again" (kind of reminds me of the Eagles) and "Anything That's Rock and Roll."

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Clearly a couple of strong tracks on the album, but a lot of other "meh" tracks. Nothing too rough, but also nothing that begs for additional listens. Certainly better Tom Petty albums to listen to.

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I can see the appeal but not really my kind of music style.

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Well, American Girl is a certified banger surely. I enjoyed the rest of the album - probs great driving music. Dare I say Dad music?

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Not bad!

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Pretty good!

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Sounds pretty generic. Some nice riffs I guess. Emotionless.

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Meh, it was ok

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Love Tom Petty, but this album didn’t have a whole lot for me. “Breakdown” is a big hit, but many others on here I didn’t know. It seems this was early in his career exploring different rock and even country/blues styles. Still, a good listen. Hope we get more from Tom. Favorite tracks: Breakdown, Mystery Man, Fooled Again. Album art: I really like this, it’s a classic classic rock cover style. Great logo, great photo. No complaints. 3.5/5

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Man. Tom Petty sure listened to a lot of the Eagles before he made his debut. "Breakdown" could be a middle track on "The Long Run". But boy, he's here on display. This has some of his biggest hits (American Girl and the aforementioned Breakdown) but it also has a lot of his influences on his sleeve. Solid listen. It's tight, concise. Just what a debut should be. But a lot of the non singles just wash over you.

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Fun sprint. Classic rock, with a touch of southern and some punk elements.

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The song I enjoyed the most was actually the song that played after the album finished when I didn’t realize it was only 30 minutes

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It’s a fun classic rock album. A good time, but nothing too notable. Favorite tracks: “Breakdown” and “American Girl”

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I'd never really listened to the difference between Tom Petty's solo albums and the Heartbreakers albums. Listening to this one I think I like his solo stuff better though there isn't a substantial difference. The only song on this album I really liked was American Girl.

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Enjoyable, will have to check out other Tom Petty stuff

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A few good songs to tempt. Toys around with some fun tracks

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It's alright if you love this album, it's alright if you don't. I'm not afraid of listening to it again.

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I think I was more of a fan of Tom Petty than the entire heartbreaker ensemble. This album reminded me of other old rock albums which makes sense with this coming out in 1976 but it felt like it was missing that spark from songs like Free Fallin and Running Down and Dream.

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creepy as fuck album cover but good fun american rock album.

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Better than I expected. 2nd half better than the 1st.

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Listened to this @6 am on the way to the airport

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Decent

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Niet verkeerd maar niet heel bijzonder om echt naar te luisteren

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Pretty good, especially the songs that I knew. 2RS

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Tom Petty never did much for me but I'll admit that "The Heartbreakers" are carrying the weight here. Simple well-produced pop rock is all that's here, and it's good! Won't go back to it, but it was nice enough at the time.

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Basic 70' rock, it will always sound good

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A pretty solid album that has one foot in rock n'roll history and another in the punk revolution to come. The 1-2 opener of raggedy hoedown "Rockin' around (with you)" with the sleek "Breakdown" are superb but most of the album is serviceable but not amazing. A lot of songs or styles here that Petty and co. would perfect on later albums. It does close with "American Girl" though, an absolute 24 carat gold power pop classic.

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Pure rock, pleasant to the ear. :) I can imagine listening to these songs, while sitting at a bar, drinking a beer. Not sure if I'd ever fallen in love with them, though.

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Inoffensive

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Can’t believe I hadn’t listened to this album before.

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Album court qui s'écoute bien. Mélange rock/country sur certains titres que j'ai beaucoup apprécié (Hometown Blues) et qui donne envie de se trémousser en santiags. Bonne découverte, artiste à creuser un peu plus.

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bit boring idk i like the vibe

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They aren't all hits, but I get from Breakdown to American Girl mainly just on the enthusiasm of the whole thing.

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Rockin' Around: Beh dai me aspettavo na cosa molto più trash, l'inizio potrebbe esse decisamente peggio Breakdown: Divertente, la chitarra in certi punti è sfiziosa. Mystery Man: Carina, m'è piaciuta Luna: Carina pure questa In conclusione: Pensavo peggio, a tratti è un po' Iggy Poppiano, comunque divertente, sicuramente un po' sopra le righe ma piacevole.

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It was alright. Nothing really stood out. Never been a massive fan of Petty, anyway.

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An ok listen, haven't heard about this group before, but it was a decent rock'n'roll album. Best: Anything that's Rock'n'Roll, Breakdown Worst: Fooled Again (I Don't Like It), Strangered in the night 2.5 Stars

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Surprised American Girl wasn't the first hit on this album, let alone it was the last song on the list. Obviously his early work and he got really good at writing hits. This is middle of the road for me. Not great. Certainly not bad.

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The hits bring the score up to a 3/5

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Solid Rock N' Roll album from Tom Petty in his debut. I was only familiar with Breakdown and American Girl prior to this listening. While the rest of the album is fine to good, if you've already heard those two tracks you're not missing much on the rest of the album. This gets three stars on the strength of those two songs, otherwise it's probably a two

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ok i guess

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CONTESTO: 1976, Florida. - 1976: Nelle hit parade americane di quell'anno se la spadroneggiano gli Wings (Paul McCartney e la moglie), Elton John, Johnny Taylor (non so chi sia), gli Eagles e Stevie Wonder. In quelle italiane spiccano Lucio Battisti, Bruno Lauzi e Riccardo Cocciante, ma anche Ricchi e Poveri, Abba e Pink Floyd. - Florida: penso subito a Miami, ai "macchinoni", a Tony Montana, alla cocaina, alla pena di morte (che secondo wikipedia, viene ripristinata proprio in questo stato proprio nel 1976). *Edited* Comunque Tom Petty e gli Heartbreakers sono di Gainesville, città nel centro della Florida, quindi forse un contesto diverso dall'idea che mi ero fatto. COPERTINA ALBUM: Sfondo nero. Nuvola luminescente sfocata che potrebbe rappresentare il fumo di un'esplosione, una montagna di cocaina fotografata dall'alto (lui è morto di overdose nel 2017) oppure l'uscita della grotta nella quale si è fotografato. Lui prova a fare il figo con una cartucciera a tracollo, chiodo ed espressione assonnata e strafottente. Infine, c'è una chitarra che trapassa un cuore tipo "freccia di cupido", perché loro sono gli "Spaccacuori". SONORITÀ: Southern/Rock/Blues da sogno americano. Mi ricorda quei film anni '80/90 in cui i protagonisti fuggono da qualcosa e durante il viaggio in autostrada sulla Cadillac, c'è il momento il cui si dimenticano di tutto, mettono una cassetta e si fomentano, cantando a squarcia gola. Comunque nessuna traccia mi ha colpito particolarmente, se non la prima quando a 01.00 sembra che dica "eh ma che stai a di!". GIUDIZIO FINALE: 3 Sebbene non penso che lo ascolterò di nuovo (a meno che non stia scappando da qualcuno in una Cadillac su un'autostrada americana), non mi sento di dare un voto troppo basso. Alla fine è un genere che a me non coinvolge, ma non per questo meno valido. Infine, penso che questo sound abbia influenzato molte band più moderne che ho ascoltato ed apprezzato da adolescente, quindi: "grazie Tom!"

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Cool intro, had a slow but good feel to it.

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Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. A lot of these tracks sound like they would be a blast to learn on guitar. I also love that Petty looks like the softest member of Sodom on this album cover.

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Some classics on here, Breakdown & American Girl. The rest are very same-ish.

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Interestingly enough I didn't know this band at all before listening. I quite enjoyed the whole album, and particularly the songs Strangered in the night, Anything that's rock 'n roll, American Girl.

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Reminds me kinda of Springsteen. Great songs but he still had a lot of growth after this record

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My first time listening to a Petty record from start to finish. Isn’t exactly my brand of rock but I imagine it was very popular in the 70’s. I appreciate all the dance grooves.

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Started to like this more after a second listen.

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medium burn 70s classic rock

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smug looking mf

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Maybe top 3 Heartbreakers albums. Maybe top 5 if we include solo Tom Petty.

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Pretty solid album. Tom pettys guitar skills is far better than his singing. This album has some hits and some of the other songs aren’t that special. It flows well and started the stardom of Tom petty. Overall it was good. 7.2/10

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It's Tom Petty. New wave punk rock with swagger and attitude. Of course, he never forgot to include tunes too. Best Tracks: Breakdown; Fooled Again (I Don't Like It); American Girl

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Nice Album with American Girl as obvious classic.

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Mooie naam voor een album 🙂. Leuk om eens te horen.

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American Girl is op zichzelf 5 sterren waard, en de 2 andere bekende nummer zijn ook boven gemiddeld. Ik hou echt van de Tom Petty-sound maar de overige nummers op dit album zou ik toch vaker moeten luisteren willen ze ooit boven het gemiddelde uitkomen.

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Över förväntan.

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mehh

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70lerde yasasaydim fav albumlerimden biri olabilirdi

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American Girl at the very end of the album was by far the best song on the album. Never really cared for Tom Petty but the album's respectable and easy to listen to. Breakdown also isn't bad. 7/10.

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Was good easybto listen to

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Fred makes a convincing argument

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Breakdown is still a great song, but Tom hadn't found his iconic vocal style on this album. I like the hammond organ on Luna. American Girl batts last on the record and is a perennial favorite of mine.

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to bland

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Pretty standard rock 'n' roll.

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This is a bit disappointing. I know Tom Petty mainly from his early nineties hits and I was looking forward to exploring his, presumably even better, earlier material, but this is a bit boring and unispiring. American Girl is a banger but the rest is quite forgettable seventies rock. 6/10

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American Girl is a great song but most of this doesn't really stand out to me. Sort of middle of the road roots rock. It's funny, some of the critical reviews talk about how this was almost underground at the time and compare to the Ramones but to my ear it has none of the bite or aggression of 70's underground punk music. I suppose in the 70's era of big, over the top Zeppelin rip-offs this probably felt more revolutionary but in 2020 it just sounds a bit too tame for me. It's not bad, but not very interesting either. Just fine.

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Fooled Again was a nice surprise. Other than Breakdown, and American Girl, the rest of this album is pretty meh. However, you can definitely hear a lot of what was to come from this band. The songs that they included the keyboards more prominently were definitely better than the others.

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Meh, It's ok I guess

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51.Top Petty & Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & Heartbreakers 10 tracks Before l started listening I didn't think I liked Tom Petty, despite absolutely loving Free Falling and not being able to name another track. Do I just not like the name? Breakdown made me stop what I was doing and start to pay more attention. This was startlingly good. The rest of the album is ok, (not special), but I now know that I do like Tom Petty & can appreciate that I bet this was pretty influential at the time. Fooled Again is amazing, (play it loud and sing along!) Americal Girl is such a good finish to the album. 3/5

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Meh 🤷

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middling - American Girl only song I really enjoyed. almost rounded down to 2 on this one.

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I'm familiar with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, There is some of their songs that I do have on high rotation but not from this album. Personally this album just isn't for me.

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I see you, Tom. You’re getting there.

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Not his best work but pretty good

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Holds up. Solid album.

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One star off for the album cover. OK Brit rock but not quite distiguished.

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I'm not sure how this really stands out from other similar albums.

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Forgettable but not bad

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Honestly prefer his work as Lucky on King of the Hill

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While this album was alright, I've never been the biggest fan of Tom Petty in general. He has some good songs and was great with the Wilbury's but I've never enjoyed most of his music. Objectively though, this wasn't an awful album and had some good songs. Fav: Rockin Around, American Girl

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solid sound, didn't blow my mind.

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Album nije revolucionaran, ali je zabavan. To mi se sviđa. Sigurno cu neke pjesme ubacit u plejlistu 70ih, a isto tako me više zanima njegova diskografija, tak da je to sve win win. Neloš album, ali cover je zato loš.

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Dobar za taj dir, nisam ga prije slusao. Pustio bi album ko radiostatic, onak u pozadini

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Album je stvarno solidan. Sredina je malo dosadna, pogotovo 4. i 5. pjesma ali ovo ostalo je baš dinamično. Ima puno jako dobrih riffova i pjesma American Girl je s razlogom klasik.

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I already know breakdown & american girl, but the rest of the album is pretty good too. Those 2 songs are the best ones though.

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Much more suitable fory beleaguered soul.

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3.5/5. American girl is the biggest banger here, rest I could take or leave

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Sunny, pleasant rock. Particularly liked Fooled Again

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Was never a big fan, but I do have a lot of respect for the dude and like a handful of his songs. This album has two of them (American Girl and Breakdown). The rest was ok but I'm still more of a selective listener.

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A solid album with a few excellent songs hinting at something more promising.

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Never listened to this album. Have heard the track American Girl, but that's all. I know Tom Petty is critically acclaimed by the music press.

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I'm a big Tom Petty fan but this wasn't a great example of his work I don't think. A couple of good songs that I've heard a million times (Breakdown & American Girl) but besides that it was pretty forgettable. Mystery Man had a Van Morrison feel that I wasn't expecting.

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It's definitely not his best and at times it veered a bit too much into the Springsteen aesthetic for me to take seriously, but it's also not the worst I've ever heard.

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A classic but not my favorite

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average

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highlight american girl zum schluss, davor solide aber für mich bissl fad

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Straightforward rock music, with enough rise and fall in the tracklist to keep things interesting. Comes to a more or less skillful landing. My concern with the lyrics was not even secondary this time around. The opener is engaging enough to draw one in, though, and there was nothing that made me want to exit the ride. Worth the time.

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A good 3 though

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Lekkere pop-muziek. Niks mis mee.

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nada de especial, classic rock médio

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Nothing to hate, nothing to love, simple as that. But "American Girl" is a classic. 2.5/5

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I really liked this. 3.5/5

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Jangly guitars make way for Americana music. Petty is going and sounds it. He’s got so much to say and SAYS IT.

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Ok. Some nice tunes on there

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Okay.

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It's fine, but it's not Damn the Torpedoes.

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Average

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Average

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I could see how this is a timeless album, but a little cheesy for my liking.

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American Girl is worth waiting for and adds a point.

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I miss Tom Petty. And, I will add, I tend to prefer the extra sophistication that came with later albums (most notably Into the Great Wide Open).

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Absolute bangers on here, but some absolute filler songs too.

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Без комментариев

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A soild American rock album. Special mention to American girl the song the strokes ripped off when writing last night.

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Already listened to it

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The epitome of (white) US boomer nostalgia rock…?

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Solid rock n roll album

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Stand out track - Breakdown

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Pretty good. Not sure why they left the best song for last.

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Found it to be a bit of boring dad rock. It's consistent but I wasn't really into it.

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Surprised I like it more than I thought I would. Still not overly into this type of Tom Petty sound but in a certain bar or setting I can get down with this. Almost gave it a 4 but it's still a 3 since I don't see myself going to the songs on my own.

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I've never been able to get into Tom Petty for some reason. That smirk on the album cover might have something to do with it. He sounds like he's literally finding his voice here. Like he's some kind of A.I. generated rock star, created in a secret lab by the other members of The Traveling Wilburys and sent back in time to defeat Bruce Springsteen. Unfortunately, they had to rush the process and sent him back through the timegate before he was complete, so he ended up being kind of unstable and ultimately failing his mission. Just look at that face on the cover: that's not the overconfident young face of a rock star at the outset of his career, it's the face of a lab created monster acknowledging that he failed.

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I have enjoyed many a Tom Petty song over the years, so I was actually pretty surprised by how average this album was. It was certainly easy enough to listen to, and a couple of the tracks are Tom Petty classics, but I personally didn't find the entire album's offering to be anything significant enough to warrant a spot in this project. A decent first album, though!

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Obviously 'American Girl' is the big single from this album, and I've also heard 'Breakdown'. However, this album seemed like fairly generic boomer dad rock. I feel like Petty is the Great Value brand version of Springsteen.

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it's ok

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Genre: Heartland Rock 3/5 Tom Petty, a name almost more recognizable than any of the songs he's played or written, released his debut album along with his backing band, The Heartbreakers, in 1976. His particular brand of "American" rock was not quite so new, even for '76, as Springsteen was already beginning to hone the sound all his own. While this sound would be a mega hit with the people who lived in the country at the time, it's certainly not very exciting or very interesting anymore, at least to me. Tom Petty and co. give us 9 totally average rock songs, and one good-ass single, American Girl. The run of tracks, from #3 Hometown Blues to #9 Luna, are absolutely unremarkable. I listened to this album just a few days ago, and I couldn't tell you how any of them sound. The first two tracks, Rockin' Around (With You) and Breakdown, were both pretty good, well-produced pop rock songs, but the rest of the album reeked of filler. As I said earlier, American Girl is a classic, and one of Tom Petty's gems, but that doesn't make up for the rest of the album's mediocrity. Stale, bland, but listenable.

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I wish that the deep tracks had the incredible spark that the singles do. Some great songs, but just a decent album.

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Tom petty is a hit maker, that's for sure. Not sure I need to listen to a full album though. Happy to let the greatest hits be my gatekeeper for this one.

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Tom Petty just looks fucking annoying on this album cover hey. Music is average 70s rock. I'm sure someone cared about it at some point (obviously the author cause it's one of the 2349023840238432094 albums on this list released in the late 70s) but tbh it's just boring. 2/5.

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Kinda just what it is lol. Like, it’s just that typa rock n roll ig

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Fügt dem Oeuvre Pettys, den ich nur aus den 90ern kenne (Learning to Fly, Last Dance…, und die Sachen mit den Travelling Willburys) eine … Note hinzu. Erinnert hier fast ein bisschen an Springsteen, an dem ich in letzter Zeit ja auch nur noch wenig gute Haare lassen konnte. „Interessante“ habe ich mir verkniffen, denn interessant ist DAS hier in den seltensten Fällen. Wagnisloser Gitarrenrock-Pop.

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Eh. TP, on the whole, is essential, but that does not mean I enjoy it. The guys is definitely a-rocking and a-rolling, but why is he doing that? Some solid riffs. Brought some good energy now and again, but really no continuity through the album. Just riffin'... fade out... riff it up again. Over and over. By the time the last song came on, American Girl, which is probably his biggest hit and I've even enjoyed this song in the past, i simply could not be bothered. I was ready to be done, just as I am ready to be done with TP for quite some time. 5/10. Points because it's a classic, or so I'm told. Actually, all points awarded for the riff and chorus on Breakdown, which is a great song. No points awarded for any other reason.

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Tom petty kinda BORING LOL

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-i hear "last nite" in more than just american girl -strangered in the night sounds like stuck in the middle w u -i see why american girl is the hit overall not my cup of tea

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lame

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"Breakdown" Released: November 1976 "American Girl" Released: February 1977 "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" Released: April 1977 (UK only) "Rockin' Around (With You)" Released: August 1977 (Germany only)

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Reminded me of high school. Petty was a big deal back then. To hard to compare him to all that has come sine then, but he is definitely one of the great American rock n roller’s. Best of album is much better than this 2 hit one.

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Not bothered

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Meh

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I couldn't stomach it. I take my medicine, but this pill was too bitter.

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dull

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La cosa che mi stupisce è come questo album in alcuni pezzi suoni molto anni 80 e invece è del 76. Precursore della merda! La copertina è talmente trash che me lo fa stare simpatico ma finisce lì.

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// Favs: — Score: Decent 2

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Has that kind of sound i really associate with the 70s. It's definitely not my favorite. The only 2 songs that really stand out to me are the 2 that I've heard before, Breakdown and American Girl

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What’s up with that voice??

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Can't stand dad rock that's about "rocking".

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Hard not to like a bit of Tom Petty but this record lacks any real memorable tunes

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Bland.

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Невыносимо скучный, пресный, репетативный, устаревший альбом. Без понятия, что он может делать в 1001. Единственный вменяемый трек - завершающий, он неплох. Остальное просто унылое. Даже само наименование коллектива подразумевает нечто унылое. Не могу припомнить ни один балдёжный коллектив с названием по формуле "Фронтмен+подсосы". Да она сама по себе ущербная. Мол вы или группа, или часть сольного проекта, третьего не дано. А в названиях по формуле читается что-то типа: "Не, ну у нас фронтмен всё тащит, да, но и мы порой пару нот свои вставляем, да, имеем право хоть как-то упоминаться, а то подумают, что мы сессионные музыканты какие!" Ну и мерзость. К слову, первый раз когда увидел это Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers в сет-листе Guitar Hero, то подумал, что это коллаборация какая-то вроде Queen & David Bowie. Ан нет, это всего лишь бездарно названный коллектив. С унылой архаичной музыкой. Даже интересно, как этот пиндосский проходняк британцы схавали ещё до самих пиндоссов. У них же вроде к тем годам уже придумали нормальную музыку.

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Тот самый альбом, да бля, ну прям череда унылого говна. Ну опять пресный роцкешник, растиражированный только за счет ебабельного вокалиста. Песни ни о чем, музыка банальна до охуения, пение раздражение вызывает. нельзя пытать людей такой хуйнёй из раза в раз, они от этого забивают на музыку.

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2 great songs… idk about the rest. It’s criminal that this is the only Tom petty on the list

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american girl is a tune, especially a fan of the heavy breathing on the breakdown. the rest of the album is just a bit wet though.

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-Enjoyable but a little too "Dad rock" for me -Kinda Boring and inconsistent -Favourite songs are Strangered In The Night, American Girl

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He’s got lovely shiny hair and he’s looking “wry.”

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more boring than expected

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Bland, repetitive rock. There are flashes of intrigue here and there with good hooks, but they're greatly outweighed by the bland crooners and lack of genuine energy on any of the uptempo tracks.

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Inoffensive yet ultimately uninspired. Background music at best.

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idk about this one

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Inoffensive but listenable. Bit boring though. Breakdown, Fooled Again, and American Girl were good tracks but I'm not going to listen to this one again

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I really like a lot of Tom Petty songs but there is so much filler on this album

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"Its fucking bland" -Gordon

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Not the worst thing in the world, just really not feeling any of it and subsequently struggled to get through the entire album (even though it's only 30 mins?). 'American Girl' stood out from the rest of the album but everything else is super bland. Wasn't keen on Tom Pettys voice either. Alright for background music I suppose.

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Amerikansk 70’er rock, traditionelt

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han er sgu ok ham tom

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This is about as average as it gets for me. Not bad, but nothing stands out. American Girl is pretty much the only stand-out track for me.

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proggy MOR

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I honestly didn't really listen it was so boring.

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A singular song on an otherwise forgettable record. HOW IS IT THE LAST TRACK

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Not for me

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Its like a Pink Floyd album with worse vocals

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Well, it's an American rock album from 1976, isn't it? Not sure what else to say about it, other than its brevity (under 31 minutes) isn't really a virtue, cos several of the songs (particularly on side 1) tend to sound underdeveloped as if they're missing a verse or something (apparently "Breakdown" was edited to under three minutes from seven or eight). Better things were to come.

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I found this so boring. Absolutely nothing interesting in any of the songs. American Girl just about saved it from a 1

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Music your dad listened to while cleaning the boat and drinking bad beer.

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I don't know what I was expecting but at least the songs are short.

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More Tom Petty

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Debut albums often go one of two ways: either they are so good that they’re difficult to repeat or, as in the case of 'Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,' they’re so bad you wonder how a second one was ever recorded. Look, I’m not the world’s biggest Tom Petty fan, but neither am I a hater. I think Tom Petty’s solo LP, 'Wildflowers,' is a fine piece of work. Thankfully, his music matured well. This debut album, though, is a young 26 year old Petty putting his foot in the door. And I enjoyed the two hit toes that stuck out, what would become that signature, catchy Tom Petty sound: ‘Breakdown,’ and ‘American Girl.’ But quick, shut that door before the remainder of the eight get through! I was surprisingly disappointed right off the bat with the odd Everly Brothers harmonies on ‘Rockin’ Around’ and a quick two minutes of a song that never really developed. ‘Mystery Man’ is perhaps the only country/reggae hybrid I’ve ever heard, and I don’t want to hear it again. And ‘Luna,’ was, honest to God, a taste of prog Petty. Thank goodness he never tried this move again. ‘Hometown Blues’ was hokey, all the way around. ‘Fooled Again’ sounded like Petty trying his best to sound like Petty, all rock ‘n roll aloof; and, those one, high note synth fills in the background were further irritating. In fact, the entire band seemed to be struggling to find their place, their groove together, and instead came across playing rather stiff. First time studio nerves, perhaps? Mike Campbell is one of the finest lead guitarists around, but he’s nearly silent on this LP. Too bad the lyrics weren’t. By contrast, Aerosmith’s lyricist, Stephen Tyler, reads like Leonard Cohen. ‘Don’t need (Mama), don’t need school,’ Petty sings on ‘Anything That’s Rock n’ Roll’ (a tired, stereotypical title/them if there ever was one.) 'You don’t like your Daddy, and you don’t like rules.’ Rock n’ roll to the rescue! And perhaps it did help liberate the unfortunate oppressed minor in this song. Would that it have done the same for 'Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.'

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Don't like the rock-country style

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Not my stuff baby.

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Half a star for American Girl, half a star for the hot woman on the cover

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The worst of Tom Petty

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Czy okladka moze uprzedzic o tym co znajdzie sie na plycie, bo mam wrazenie ze w tym wypadku wlasnie tak bylo, pan Tom Petty, jak przypadkowo dobrane nazwisko, oraz ekipa lamaczy serc splodzila album ktory brzmi jak wzorzec popowego rockowania, chociaz jak na lata 76 to troche pozno na takie odkrycia, bo popowa muzyke zaczynaja przejmowac synthowe brzmienia, ktorych tutaj nie jest jeszcze az tyle, bardziej klasyczny rok vibe, ale jednak wystarczajaco popowy bez zadnych ekstrawaganckich solowek czy liryki mogacej zawierac w sobie cos wiecej niz pierdolenie o szopenie, od poczatku do konca sluchajacy jest prowadzony po komulaly kultury rokowej, wiec songowanie o kobietach dla kobiet od poteznej persony pana Pettiego, ktorego mozna podziwiac na okladce i na pierwszy rzut oka widac, ze to prawdziwy zlodupiec, ktory nie jedno niewiescie serce polamal takim materialem, ktory jest jego debiutanckim albumem, wiec nazwa odwazna, za ktora nie kryje sie nic ciekawego, sposrod czterech heartbreakerow wyrozniaja sie Mike Campbell gitarka ktora mozna uslyszec u pana dylana na kilku albumach i Stan Lynch drumujacy bedacy studyjnym grajkiem z dosc pokazna dyskografia, ale na tym albumie dopiero zaczyna przygode z drumami co takze slychac, wiec zarowno muzycznie jak i lirycznie niczego nadzwyczajnego nie da sie doszukac na krazku, na plejke dodam kawalek bedacy najwiekszym hitem bandy, ktory zamyka caly album, to jest american girl, ktorego mozna kojarzyc z milczenia owiec

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Fun intro! Good harmonies. The first track proper feels a bit bland and pub rock. As does Hometown Blues. This is very boring so far. The Wild One, Forever is an improvement. Bruce Springsteen without the charisma. Or Meatloaf without the humour. But at least it's the first track that aims high, even if it misses. Anything That's Rock and Roll brings back the boredom. The next album in the book is the Modern Lovers. They do the same rock n roll schtick, except Jonathan Richman has a wit and joy to his songs and delivery, rather than regurgitating the same clichés over and over again. Nothing especially different until American Girl, which is a marked improvement. The lyrics are the blandest trash, but musically it is actually listenable, which is a marked improvement. Still. I like lyrics that do more than "Oh yeah. Alright. Hey baby." Possibly because I can tie my own shoelaces. A big fat 1 here. Boring music for boring people.

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Some decent songs, but Tom Petty’s voice is super annoying

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Didn't really feel it.

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How to sound exactly like ANY OTHER hard rock band: A handbook

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I found this boring.

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