CD Review: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Hypnotic Eye"

With riled-up cuts like “Fault Lines” giving Tom Blair ample room to drive the rhythm machine with a persistent, pile-driving bass line, balls-out rock & roll is the agenda on Petty’s 13th album with the Heartbreakers.
By Bill Murphy ,

With riled-up cuts like “Fault Lines” giving Tom Blair ample room to drive the rhythm machine with a persistent, pile-driving bass line, balls-out rock & roll is the agenda on Petty’s 13th album with the Heartbreakers. It’s when he gets into the bluesier numbers—“Power Drunk” and “Burnt Out Town” among them—that the soulful and subtle touch we know from “Breakdown” and other hits comes through.