Start dusting off your jean jackets because Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are back with a new record. Their thirteenth studio album to date is titled Hypnotic Eye, spans 11 tracks, and was co-produced by Petty, Mike Campbell, and Ryan Ulyate. It’ll hit your Chevy Malibu come the summer via Reprise Records.
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke has heard the follow-up to 2010’s jam-heavy Mojo, and he calls it a “return to the concise Sixties-rock classicism and drive of his first great New Wave-era albums, 1976′s Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and 1978’s You’re Gonna Get It.”
“That’s what Mike said: ‘You sing like you did on the first two albums,” Petty told the publication. “Maybe this album does sound like that. But it’s that band 30 years later.” He added, “I knew I wanted to a do a rock and roll record. We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.”
Fans worried of another “blues bag” should lay off the Xanax as Petty explained that tracks like “American Dream Plan B,” “Faultlines,” “Red River,” “Burn Out Town,” and “Shadow People” were recorded out of a need to shake off the Mojo. He concluded, “This band just grows and grows, and that’s an incredible gift, I can’t see us calling it off.”
Also on Petty’s docket for 2014: a supporting tour being Hypnotic Eye, a 20th anniversary reissue of Wildflowers (featuring 10 previously unreleased songs, no less), and a live album that captures last year’s gigs at NYC’s Beacon and LA’s Henry Fonda Theatre. Stay tuned for additional details.
In the meantime, revisit the video for “Here Comes My Girl” below, aka his greatest song ever.