Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

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Hypnotic Eye is the thirteenth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, released in July 2014 by Reprise Records.

It's clear the short lived Mudcrutch reunion in 2008 was pivotal for Tom Petty, reinvigorating him and helping him re-focus and re-dedicate himself to playing in a band.

For  Petty, the challenges on Hypnotic Eye were many: To put out an album that reclaimed his rock edge, without resorting to lo-fi hipsterisms. To deal with this world’s broader betrayals, while keeping his message firmly rooted in personal stories. To simultaneously decry the always-on but unseeing eye of technology, while finding a way to connect with a generation absorbed in its buzzy glow. To sound, at once, both smartly cantankerous but musically open.

He completely succeeded here, as the album talks with sharp emotion about small things, often via the prism of very large ones, while making sweeping instrumental statements within spacious settings.

While it sounds deep, Petty is wrestling with the decaying ideals of cooperation and of perseverance and of equality on Hypnotic Eye, but he’s also struggling with his own issues — those relating to relevance and to community.

Hypnotic Eye is, of course, a long way from the initial, often raucous successes of his late-’70s output. Still, as he reminds us on the riff-driven “All You Can Carry”, “No one can say I didn’t have your side / No one can say I left without a fight.” From battling album price increases in the ’80s to handing out free downloads to fans at concerts in the 2000s, Petty has given little ground in the intervening years. And so, his furious push back on Hypnotic Eye - against injustice, against time - rings true.

Of course Hypnotic Eye wouldn’t be such a complete return to form if all this album did was gnash its teeth. Instead, it also recaptures the Heartbreakers’ elemental sense of proportion, returning to and expanding upon their now-familiar brand of heartfelt, heartland rock - while keeping just enough brash looseness. In short, he has indeed made a Tom Petty record, and a terrific one, but without trading relevancy for nostalgia.

Urgent, committed, viscerally present, Hypnotic Eye is both a reminder and a scrappy update of Petty’s greatness.

Check out the tracks: “American Dream Plan B”; “Red River”; “U Get Me High” and “Forgotten Man”. 

This Limited Edition double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with bonus track, lyric sheet, etched side 4 and digital download is pressed in the USA on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(093624937319)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

American Dream Plan B

3:15

A2

Fault Lines

4:51

A3

Red River

4:21

A4

Full Grown Boy

3:44

B1

All You Can Carry

4:59

B2

Power Drunk

5:04

B3

Forgotten Man

3:04

B4

Sins Of My Youth

4:15

C1

U Get Me High

4:34

C2

Burnt Out Town

3:21

C3

Playing Dumb  (Bonus Track)

4:29

C4

Shadow People

6:43

D

Etching - Hypnotic Eye Picture

 

SKU 093624937319
Record Label Reprise Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 543948-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 29 July 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 29 July 2014
Barcode # 093624937319
Shipping Weight 0.6900kg
Shipping Width 0.012m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.001183000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert, Digital Download Code, Etched Side D, One Bonus Track Included
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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