Album review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers/Beck

Beck, Song Reader. Picture: PA Photo/Handout
Beck, Song Reader. Picture: PA Photo/Handout
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tom petty and the heartbreakers - hypnotic eyE *****

The Floridian rockers, led by Tom Petty, are one of the best-selling bands of all time and, being such stuff of legend, need very little introduction.

The 63-year-old and his bandmates have really gone back to their roots with Hypnotic Eye, with much nostalgia for fans of their first few albums.

Songs like You Get Me High and Fault Lines serve to remind us where rock started, while All You Can Carry and American Dream Plan B are all-American and all-catchy songs.

While none of the tracks may give the Free Fallin’ shivers, you can’t really get much more straight-up, old school rock ‘n’ roll than this.


In 2012, Beck released the album Song Reader, except it wasn’t really an album as such; it was merely the sheet music, inviting people the world over to create their own versions of the songs.

Song Reader has now become a physical album with a variety of acts covering Beck’s music, including Jack White, Jack Black, Jarvis Cocker, Norah Jones, as well as Beck himself.

Results vary depending on individual taste, but notable mentions should go to Sparks’s suitably melodramatic take on Why Did You Make Me Care?, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen’s raucous Rough On Rats and Swamp Dogg’s pained cover of anti-war track America, Here’s My Boy.