Tom Petty gets his ‘Mojo’ back!

Tom Petty

Date 14/06/2010]

The first thing that hits you about 'Mojo' is that the
spirit of the Mudcrutch sessions has carried on with the Heartbreakers. This is
the sound of a band playing together in a room – not a studio – facing each
other, all singing and playing at the same time. The music is alive, with no
overdubs or studio trickery. What you hear is what they created on the spot at
that time.
Tom Petty says, "With this album, I
want to show other people what I hear with the band. 'Mojo' is where the band
lives when it's playing for itself

As for the songs, 'Mojo' showcases a wide variety of
American music from rock 'n' roll to country and both electric and acoustic
blues. And then there are the images in Petty's lyrics which slip in on the
melodies and set up a home in your head: The barefoot girl in the high grass
chewing on a stick of sugar cane, the run-in with the law that begins when a
carload of buddies decide to party with the motel maids, and the hilariously
audacious idea of opening an album with an electric blues rocker about Thomas
Jefferson’s love affair with Sally Hemings. Petty would probably chuck a rock at
anyone who called him a poet, but he sure is a southern writer of humour and

'Mojo' has juice and guts but it also has some sweet
balladry for the slow dancers and even a wacked-out reggae number that is unlike
anything that Heartbreakers have done before. It's the kind of album nobody's
supposed to be able to make anymore. It got here just in

Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Tom Petty &
the Heartbreakers released their debut album in 1976. They have since sold more
than 60 million records. Between the Heartbreakers' recordings and his solo
work, Tom Petty has won two Grammy awards and been honoured with lifetime
achievement awards including induction the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Billboard's
Century Award, and MTV's Video Vanguard Award. Tom Petty, with the Heartbreakers
at his side, has become a rock and roll icon lauded by fellow musicians and
music lovers worldwide.

1 Comment

  1. Love this album, especially:

    You’re barefoot in the grass
    And you’re chewin’ sugar cane
    You gotta little buzz on
    You’re kissin’ in the rain
    And if a day like this
    don’t ever come again
    Well, that’s good enough

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