Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye

The best moment of Hypnotic Eye is one of its most subdued: track six, “Power Drunk”, about two and a half minutes in. Lead guitarist Mike Campbell has just spun out another set of whisper-wail licks over a Texas blues vamp. Then, a quick snare lead-in; Ron Blair’s dirtied bass begins chugging. Tom Petty and rhythm guitarist Scott Thurston repeat an ascending harmony, to which Campbell responds at the end of each phrase with a single, shivering bend. The second time, Campbell’s note rings long. The rest of the band falls out, and, listening closely, you can hear Petty counting his rests before the bluesy saunter restarts.

Release Date
July 29, 2014
Reprise Records
digital, vinyl, cd
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