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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits

2008-08-20 06:13
Years later after they hit the top of the world's rock charts, they still evoke a sense of movement, or glimpses of life flashing past a car window. These inspired songs about life's thin spaces roll up in easy beats, fusing rock 'n roll recklessness and real originality, polished to a sheen by the years of touring.

The rest of the collection is accomplished stuff, but lacks their hit songs' simple clarity. In the age of MP3 players, and random track lists, most of this CD's got "SKIP" written all over it. It's at best solid and - at it's worst - awkwardly dated.

- Jean Barker

It's easy to slot Petty and his band into the "heartland pop" category in your record collection, but harder to explains what makes at least a handful of his tracks matter so much: specifically "I Won't Back Down", "Running Down a Dream", "Free Fallin'" and "Into the Great Wide Open".

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