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Hypnotic Eye is the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the first album from the band in four years. "I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record, " Petty told Rolling Stone in April. "We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time."
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  • Audio CD (July 29, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00KIZ9F8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews)
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116 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Brandon J. Smith VINE VOICE on July 29, 2014
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Thanks to an NPR preview, I'd been listening to this for about a week before it was officially released, and now I'm glad to finally have it in my collection. As a longtime fan of Tom Petty, I'd have to say this is his best in years. Though the initial promotions seemed to indicate that it was a return to his sound on Wildflowers, this is not my interpretation at all. I think it's more accurate to say t's like the rock of "She's the One" meets the blues of "Mojo," with some melodic and lyrical callbacks to his older stuff thrown in. Especially the first half, this is a really ripping Heartbreakers album.

As far as I'm concerned, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are the best American band there ever was: drawing from rock, folk, country, and (especially on the last two albums) blues, they've created an extraordinary body of work, and Hypnotic Eye only adds to this. From the crunching opener, American Plan B, to the deep and moving Shadow People, Petty's songwriting feels inspired and passionate.

Hypnotic Eye is unlikely to storm the charts, with rock giving way to pop and Petty and crew being of an older generation, but fans of classic rock and just plain great music will be fortunate to find this. (UPDATE 8/8/14: I sure was wrong about that statement - This album debuted at #1 on the charts. A well-deserved chart-topper. It's really gratifying to see Petty and the Heartbreakers rewarded in this way after so many years and hits and never a #1 album. I am happy to be proven wrong in that prediction!)
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Tim Minn on July 29, 2014
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This exciting, fresh, creative, flashy, arousing, new piece of mastery from Mr. Petty and his friends is awesome! If you have been waiting for that 70's or 80's classic music to make it into this century here it is! Honestly, I have to say I am a big fan of Petty so this could make the review a bit one sided. But, I have to state I am the hardest on artists and groups that I really like. This is a flowing combination of 80's music with the creativity of 2014. It really shows off the talent of the band members and especially Mike Campbell. Mike is in his 20's on this album, he's fantastic! Favorite songs, U get me high, American Dream Plan B, Fault lines, I could go on! Recorded over 3 years, it is art, it is what many albums should be, great songs put on an album, not an album made to make an album. Many groups can't create new, great work after being together for a long time, this is an exception. If you are a Petty fan buy it, not a fan buy it, traveling the galaxy and your just stopping by, buy it, it's what Earth is all about!
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Darren O'Neill TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 29, 2014
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Tom Petty is back for another studio album with the Heartbreakers and he's a bit pissed off. On "Hypnotic Eye" Petty and the Heartbreakers show why they're one of the best bands in the business and that they are not about to change their style to chase the current pop sound. Instead, this album brings us Petty and the Heartbreakers rocking out with the confidence of a band that is secure in the sound they've created for decades.

While Petty has always touched on political issues he releases his rage over the disillusionment in the USA in song here on tracks like the opener, "American Dream Plan B," with lyrics like "Well, my mama so sad / Daddy’s just mad / ‘Cuz I aint gonna have the chance he had." And on "Shadow People" where he sings, "I ain't on the left, and I ain't on the right, I ain't even sure I got a dog in this fight."

"Forgotten Man" is one of the hardest rocking blistering rock and roll tracks you'll hear clocking in at a short 2:49 that makes you want to hit repeat a few times.

Petty throws some variations in between the rocking numbers with songs like "Full Grown Boy" with it's jazzy vibe and dabbles in bossa nova on "Sins of My Youth."

Overall this is a pretty darn good record from Petty and the Heartbreakers that will be a must-listen for Petty fans and also an album that a casual fan will enjoy. It may not spark any radio hits, but at this point in his career I doubt Petty is worried about where he's going to chart on Billboard as much as he is getting his message across.
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129 of 148 people found the following review helpful By John J. Martinez on July 29, 2014
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Tom Petty didn't need to do this. He and his group, The Heartbreakers, have so many hits in the can they didn't need to create anything new and be comfortable for the rest of their lives. But it's artists just like Petty who get that itch and it needs to be scratched, and with their 13th studio album (and their first since 2010's "Mojo,") Petty is following today's trends and looking back at his very first two albums, realizing they were great and returned to the style they know best - straightforward rock and roll.

Younger and hungrier musicians would approach the making of an album with low-fidelity, analog recording and other tricks best reserved for the amateur or the foolish, with the end result being longshots that may ultimately go nowhere. Petty took an old formula that was right there on the shelf and re-created his own version of lightning. This album took two years to make, and the perfection, sloppy as it sounds (as if on purpose), is present.

Here's my 30-second from the gut review of each song - 11 tracks at just over 44 minutes:

1. American Dream Plan B - as this was released as a CD single in June 2014 with a $2.00 discount coupon towards the album itself, Petty is still shaking the tree and telling the music industry they still stink. "My success is anybody’s guess, but like a fool, I’m bettin’ on happiness" are the truest words on this album. A great opener.

2. Fault Lines - introspective lyrics pepper this Petty of 2014, and he's got enough guilt of his own thank you very much. Great guitar work by Mike Campbell on lead guitar and Scott Thurston take us to the subtle vibrations under the floorboards. It's a little gritty and unfinished, and it's great. Which takes us right into

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Pricey for a single CD!
Price is now below $14. But like I did for Mojo, I'll opt for the blu-ray release.

Hypnotic Eye will be available in the following formats:
- 180 gram 2-LP Vinyl (includes the extra track "Playing Dumb" recorded during the album sessions)
- 140 gram 1-LP Vinyl
- High-definition Blu-ray... Read More
Jun 13, 2014 by Keen Observer |  See all 10 posts
Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye
The entire album is streaming on the NPR site.

Now it looks like Amazon is streaming it too!
Jul 23, 2014 by Autonomeus |  See all 3 posts
like Mojo?
Tom Petty discusses his political new album 'Hypnotic Eye':

Another great interview at link below:

(snippet) [His] body of work weighs on Petty. "After you've written 300, 400 [songs], you've got to really concentrate so... Read More
Jul 19, 2014 by Tuco |  See all 5 posts
Tom or Bruce, which is bigger icon?
I am a fan of both of them, but Bruce is the better songwriter and no one gives a better live show than him and the E Street Band. He varies his set lists much more and his albums are also more distinctive, whereas Petty & the Heartbreakers' albums tend to be more similar to one another. ... Read More
Nov 26, 2014 by Bob Bykowski |  See all 5 posts
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