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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

1976

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Album Summary

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976, by Shelter Records. The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio in Hollywood, California.

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Rating

3.36

Votes

5314

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

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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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

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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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

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

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

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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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

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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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

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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Tue Nov 16 2021
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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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

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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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

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

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Not really my cup of tea

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Sun May 09 2021
2

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

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Tue Dec 21 2021
2

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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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

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

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

Perfect in its simplicity

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Fri May 21 2021
5

R.I.P. Great album

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Feel good tunes!!!

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

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

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

I. Love. Tom. Petty.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

TP and the Hb will never not be great.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Amazing album

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

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

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

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

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

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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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

what an album, a stone cold classic

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Thu May 20 2021
5

FIVE

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

Easy

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 16 2021
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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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Duh.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
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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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Outstanding first album!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Sensational 70’s guitar rock. 5 stars

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

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

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

The frickin' best

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

good solid album, history to the ears

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

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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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

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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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

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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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

When I was growing up I thought of Tom Petty as an old guy that got played on the classic rock stations with sleepy tunes like "Free Fallin" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance." But I'll be damned if these aren't bangers. My mind has been slowly changing about him over the years, and this album solidifies my fandom - I feel like I finally "get it." My favorite is probably "American Girl," that song is addicting.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

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

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Thu May 19 2022
5

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

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Always love Tom! This is perhaps one of his best albums!

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Good stuff. Petty is a legend.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

awesome

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

Very good classic rock

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Love love love it. All I need to say.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Brilliant, hard to believe it was their first album - it sounds so focused and complete. Breakdown and American Girl are stand outs, but it is all great!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

It does not get much better than this! A 5 star album any day of the week. I saw Tom and the Heartbreakers supporting Nils Lofgren when this album came out. Nils was great, but impossible to follow Tom!

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

I won’t back dow!

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Really enjoyed this.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Great album

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Fun stuff

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

solid record

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

false

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

G

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Nett

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

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

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Tue May 04 2021
4

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

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Guitar.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

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

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

A great collection of tight pop rock.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

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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Thu May 06 2021
4

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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Sun May 30 2021
4

Good pop rock.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

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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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

I miss Tom Petty !

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Classic. American Girl.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

Great runtime, easy listening, just good basic rock and

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Really enjoyable album

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Grunnurinn að amerísku rokki. Skemmtilegt stöff!

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Went down a Tom Petty rabbit hole with this one.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Pretty cool!!

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Fun stuff

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Good and simple debut!

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Muy buen disco

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Solid album. Had only heard the singles.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

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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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

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

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

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

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Not bad. Nothing too exciting on here though.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Pretty great

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

A lot of goodies on here.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Really solid album. Short songs

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

,,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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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

solid album

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

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

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

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

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

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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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Classic timeless rock.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

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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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

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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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Just really fun good ole rock n roll. What's not to like. Not his best but still great.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

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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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

Great voice, tunes and all round fab album!

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

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

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

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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Thu May 12 2022
4

I liked it

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Tue May 17 2022
4

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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Mon May 23 2022
4

S0L1D AL8UM

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Tue May 24 2022
4

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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Fri May 27 2022
4

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

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Tue May 31 2022
4

30th May 2022 Listened throughout the day while working from home. Jen went to Seb’s so stayed in and watched Top Gun. Such a great album and voice. One of the best.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

One of my and my mother's greatest regrets are not seeing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers before Tom Petty died. Most of these songs are pretty alright with a few highlights. It's not my favorite album from them, but it is some of my favorite 70s rock tunes of all time. Highlights: 2, 3, and 10.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

-Fun upbeat groove in "Rockin' Around (With You)" -I like the emotion in the the word "breakdown" and some of the slick guitar riffs in "Breakdown" -The little breakdown/bridge in "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)" was quite cool, I wish it had continued for longer than like 3 seconds -All pretty nice tracks

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Etelävaltio-rockin parempaa päätä. Todella miellyttävä.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Mainiohko rokkilevy! Brucemaiset tekstit. Menee mulla kyllä jatkoon. 4/5

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

Funciona muito bem para sentir a força da simplicidade do rock americano clássico.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

His debut may not be too special, but it is a very solid kind of basic from Tom Petty. Favorites: "Rockin' Around (With You)", "Breakdown", "American Girl"

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

This album is undefeated. I love this album, I love Talking Heads, this is one of my top 15 albums of all time.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Better B-side.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

First album out and they have American Girl. Also, Breakdown. I give this one a 4 because the album cuts didn’t yet have the power of the deep cuts of later albums. A great start for a great band.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Solid album

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Good American rock that doesn't outstay it's welcome. However a lot of songs seem to fade out just as they get going. Break out, Luna, American Girl are obvious highlights, but it's all good. Damn the Torpedoes is another terrific album. Then theirs Traveling Wilburys and Full Moon Fever be and and and. What a great artist. Gone too soon. 3.5 out of 5

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

7/10. Ever since I first looked at the 1001 albums list, I've wondered why *this* was the Tom Petty album that they decided to include on the list. I hadn't listened to it, but I hadn't really heard much about it either. Well, eventually I got an edition of the book, and took a look at the entry for this album. It's just some critic talking about how Britain was really the country that discovered Tom Petty, because he got popular there earlier. So, now I know that the reason this album was included in lieu of Full Moon Fever or any of the much better Tom Petty albums out there is because this is the one that got popular in Britain. Though of course if it hadn't, we probably wouldn't have gotten a Tom Petty album at all because the book needed space for more fucking Blur albums.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Classic rock. It’s good

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Solid debut album

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Like the first season of a favorite tv show. The greatness is all there but not quite in its perfected form. A fun listen. I saw Tom Petty in concert once, with Pearl Jam. We were there to see Pearl Jam and assumed everyone else was too. I was a Tom Petty fan (who isn't?) but thought of him as an old timer. I could not have been more wrong. When Tom Petty stepped onto that stage I was instantly aware that this man is a ROCK STAR. He owned the arena that night and everyone in it. Definitely in the top 3 shows I've ever seen, and I've seen some greats.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Solid album with some interesting songs that are outside of what I normally think of when I think about Tom Petty. One sounded like it would be from the Talking Heads or B-52s.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Didn’t realize I also like early Tom Petty, especially Breakdown, Mystery Man, American Girl.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Youngest of the Willburys.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Pretty great sounding album for 50 years ago

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Normally I try to listen to an album fresh before I review it, but I know this one by the back of my hand and I’m traveling so I’ll make an exception. Petty is probably my favorite artist of all time, and I’ll accept no slander on his behalf. You can tell that he’s working out the edges on his sound, as this takes a lot from Dylan, Springsteen and everything in between, but he and co come up with a few all-timers here. Even the songs about rock music, which I normally dismiss from other artists, sound genuine and exciting here. A- for me

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Very enjoyable album. I've always liked Tom Petty though. 4/5

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

This is pretty solid. Not my favorite Petty album; I think I like his second and third albums better, but still pretty good.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

A brilliant album from a legend. Fav track has to be American Girl.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

The album slaps. American Girl is my favorite track on it. Alright, now to listen to the album. His music probably has my favorite vibes of any artist ever. A genuine pleasure to listen to every time.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Classic album. So many great tracks, my fav is Strangered In the Night

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

obviously classic but didn't super grab me. but enjoyable

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

4.5

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Had some great songs.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Pretty solid pop/rock album, good songwriting.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Good album. Very easy listen. Not my fav Tom petty but really good

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

donne un certain entrain

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

I love Tom Petty so much. That said don’t think this is his best work. Still really awesome.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Extremely carried by american girl hut overall decent

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Not quite as great as some of what came after, but what a great start. He already knew how to construct a dynamic song and how to write simple but effective lyrics. Not a bad song really but I especially liked the final three of a Mystery Man, Luna and the all time classic American Girl.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Great debut, doesn’t get the attention his other albums do, looking at you damn the torpedoes. Bar band meet Dylanesque troubadour

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Tom Petty!! classic debut

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

3,5/5

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

A pleasure to listen to from the opening bounce of “Rockin’ Around (With You)” to the classic “American Girl.” The album has an old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll spirit but there’s some new wave and country rock here too. Tom Petty also sings in variety of styles. Maybe he was still figuring out his style. He’s definitely having fun.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Me before I listen to Tom Petty: "Urgh, not Tom Petty, that's a bit cringe isn't it?" Me after I listen to Tom Petty: "Why am I always so mean about Tom Petty, that's cracking!" Sorry Tom.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Never really listened to much Tom Petty before, always thought he was a bit too 'real rock' for me. Until he died when I explored a bit more and enjoyed. Haven't listened to much since, but really enjoyed this record. Best song, Breakdown

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Amazing. Did not miss. I still think American girl is the best.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

4/5 Also sehr weird. Tom Petty halt. Aber ich habe mich dran gewöhnt.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

A classic. Breakdown is my fav TP song

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Pretty solid album. Breakdown is probably my favorite- such a cool song. American Girl really is a great song and recording too I love how it sounds so full with the multiple guitars and the bgvs. I also liked the first song and Luna . 4? 5?

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Pretty good.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Mid 3

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Sat Mar 13 2021
3

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

5/10

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Signs of greatness to come and American Girl is awesome!

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Sat Feb 27 2021
3

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

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

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

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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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

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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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

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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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

Not my fave petty

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

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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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

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

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

I like Tom Petty. He makes real music

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Fine. Strong first track, but sorta petered out.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

It's fine! But Breakdown is perfection.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

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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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

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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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

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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