by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
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Some time in the last few years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took a left turn. Maybe it was when Petty woke up in the night with the idea of reuniting his first band, Mudcrutch, to cut the album they never got a chance to make back in the early 70s. Maybe it was when the Heartbreakers assembled the mammoth multi-disc The Live Anthology, which detailed thirty years of concerts. Maybe it was when they gave all their home movies, outtakes, and live footage to director Peter Bogdanovich to create the Grammy-winning four-hour career documentary Runnin' Down A Dream. There have been side projects and experiments since the band last went into the studio to cut a new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album. With Mojo, they have taken their recent freedom and experimentation to heart. They have gone off the reservation and all signs indicate they aren't coming back.

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 humor and sensitivity.

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 time. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624966807
catalogNumber: 523971

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist
Tom Petty   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano
Ron Blair   Bass
Steve Ferrone   Percussion,Drums
Scott Thurston   Guitar,Harmonica

Technical Credits

Tom Petty   Composer,Producer
Mike Campbell   Composer,Producer
David Greene   Drum Technician
Ryan Ulyate   Producer,Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
John Heiden   Art Direction
Tony Dimitriades   Management
Steve Winstead   Backline Technician
Nick Steinhardt   Art Direction
Jimbo Neal   Backline Technician
Brian Brown   Backline Technician
Greg Looper   Engineer,Monitor Engineer
Mary Klauzer   Management
Laurence Freedman   Management
Mark Carpenter   Transportation
Travis Weidel   Recording Assistant

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Mojo 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone that has listened to Petty over the years will say, without a doubt, that this is the best music he and his band have ever made. I know that is saying alot, don't get me wrong, but it is certainly true in this case. This album got stuck in the player and stayed there for 3 months. I can't say enough about the soulfullness of Mojo's music. Enjoy.
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tunenut More than 1 year ago
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: This Album is awesome !! It's got flow, it's got Tom Petty's unique blues-rock style, it relates to the current times, trk 11 Don't Pull Me Over. Lyrics about his father and work [good ol' American ethic] trk 13 High in the Morning, trk 08 U.S. 41
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I suppose that for someone that gets paid to review music, it's important for them to find subtle flaws and make a point of sharing them with us. I'm not so sure that I agree that much with the review that Barnes and Noble chose to print. I think that the one that was published by the Rolling Stone regarding Tom Petty's new album is much more accurate. If you like Tom Petty at all, you won't be disappointed if you purchase Mojo. There really isn't a bad track on the entire recording and features several new versions of classic songs that are great from the very first listen. It's definitely music that endures and will stay in your rotation for an extended period of time.
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