Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Mojo 180g 2LP
TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the October 2010 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
180g Double Vinyl pressed at Pallas in Germany and Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Studios!
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' first new album in 8 years!
Some time in their recent past 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
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 whacked-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.
"...Mojo is one of the year's great albums... the sonics are downright
terrific. Not because the are going to satisfy a list of audiophile criteria,
but simply because the recording excellently captures the sound of a well-oiled
rock 'n' roll machine playing together at the height of its talents, with a
remarkable freedom and passion. The overall balance is right on, and without
spotlighting it captures the gorgeously rich characters and textures of these
great vintage instruments, and does so with an unusual lack of the BS and
manipulation typically heard from commercial rock releases. This one gets my top
recommendation." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, October 2010, Issue 206
• 180g Double Vinyl
• Pressed at Pallas, Germany
• Gatefold Stoughton jacket
• Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Studios from the Uncompressed 24-bit 48 khz Files
• Includes High Resolution Digital Download
1. Jefferson Jericho Blues
2. First Flash of Freedom
3. Running Man's Bible
4. The Trip to Pirate's Cove
6. No Reason To Cry
7. I Should Have Known It
1. U.S. 41
2. Takin' My Time
3. Let Yourself Go
4. Don't Pull Me Over
5. Lover's Touch
6. High In the Morning
7. Something Good Coming
8. Good Enough