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Media Type: CD
Artist: PETTY,TOM & THE HEARTBREAKERS
Title: SOUTHERN ACCENTS
Street Release Date: 04/11/1988
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Genre: ROCK/POP
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002O1P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Hansen on August 31, 2005
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I'm a true blue Yankee but I love the sentiment of this work: the dichtomy of longing for your roots but being weary of them too. These two themes are explored nicely in both "Rebels" and the title track. Petty does a good job of expressing his love for his roots without giving us typical good ol' boy bombast or treacle. In fact he is so effective that one could argue that his themes are universal and that the fact that he mentions the south at all is simply coincidental.

The title work is a great acheivement from Bentmont Tench's mornful piano to TP's heartful delivery of some great lyrics. I must say that the imagery of the dream about his mother coming to him is very touching. All of the song's are great here and contain some fine riffs, words and twists (like Tench's off key piano--recorded while he was unable to hear the mix through his head phones and just tinkered away as a joke--but later included because it's discordant result seemed to fit). Two overlooked gems are also here (both in my Top Ten fave Petty tunes) "Dogs on the Run" and "The Best of Everything". The former stands tall in the great tradition of metaphoric stories over a great rock chord progression and the latter a very sentimental look back with a fantastic opening line: "She probably works in a resturant, that's what her mama did". How many of us have not pondered the lives of someone we lost track of?
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I am shocked at the negative comments directed at this album. I have every Tom Petty album made and this one became my favorite after the very first time I listened to it. The album opens with "Rebels," a powerful song about Civil War feelings not yet gone. Tom then goes directly into another song about discontent, "It Ain't Nothin' to Me." Tom stays in a bitter and somber mood with "Don't Come Around Here No More," the biggest hit of the album. However, the best song on the album is next, with the classic title track, "Southern Accents." This song sounds penned from Faulkner, with vivid references to the pride Tom feels for his Southern roots. The rest of the songs are all solid, with "Dogs on the Run" balancing out the album as the last great song. Music is subjective and to each their own. But for my money, this is Tom Petty's masterpiece.
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I grew up in Florida and went to school in Gainesville (University of Florida). Every DJ loved to mention that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were "Homegrown" music. Even though the cliche was way over used, when I put this album on and blasted "Southern Accents", the only thing I ever thought of was Gainesville and the South (no matter where I was).
The entire album is fantastic, but the shiner on here is the title track. Cash thought so and so do I. Feelin an itch to be in South, put on this album. Now, if I can just get it back from my friend who has had it for the last 10 months.
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With 1985's Southern Accents, Petty and the boys decided to add some experiments to the album, adding touches of new waves and psychedelica to the mix this time. Southern Accents is a winner, while not as popular as some of Petty's other albums Southern Accents is one of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers most rewarding albums. Highlights include the opener Rebels, the psychedelic Don't Come Around Here No More, the ballad Southern Accents, Spike, and the Best of Everything. Do yourself a favor and get the highly underrated Southern Accents.
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While critical and public reactions have been mixed, this album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, released in 1985, is in my opinion one of their best. Released at a time when Bruce Springsteen came out with Born In The U.S.A, this could be compared to that in a way. Originally concieved as a concept album, creative differences within the group made it a frustrating record to complete legend has it. It may be over produced and I don't know what exactly the concept is, this is still a good set of songs with plenty of variety. The popular single was "Don't Come Around Here No More", which included an Alice In Wonderland style music video. A different kind of album for Petty and the group but a great one at that.
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A different Tom Petty album and I will go back to it again and see how much I like it. It maybe one of those albums you listen to and put aside and then listen again and.really enjoy. Hey, it is Tom Petty!
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Southern Accents is one of my favorite Tom Petty albums. Like the cover suggests, it's a a more peaceful collection of songs, like you're getting home at the end of a long day, tired and happy. To me, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are already a legendary American band, and it has been thrilling to see them perform several times through the years. If you really want to hear great songs, listen to these guys jam. Every one of their albums has a lot to say without trying too hard. It's all there for you...from Spike to American Girl. You rock!
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It's hard to imagine after hearing this album for the first time that in fact during the mixing process, Tom Petty punched a concrete wall in anger, crushing the bones in his hand.
A few seemingly irrelevant songs aside, "Southern Accents" succeeds as one of the best pieces of music to aptly describe life and points of view in the modern American South. Though Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are often identified as heartland rockers, and a great American institution like apple pie and Eisenhower, it's sometimes forgotten that Petty is in fact from Florida, farther down from Dixie than the narrator in the brilliantly written and arranged opening track 'Rebels.'
Fans then and now tend to set "Southern Accents" apart as an experiment of sorts, as its technological advances being far removed from the straight-ahead rocking riffs and hooks that buoyed their previous albums, benchmarks of American rock n' roll such as "Damn the Torpedoes" and the broader "Hard Promises." Producer David A. Stewart's influence is apparent, as the record is in most places distinctly 80s, but that was the point - to express life in the modern South, not the eras of Jefferson Davis or George Wallace. And despite the stereotype, we Southerners don't live under a rock that shields us from modern advances; bayous, deserts, dense hills - yes, but not under any rocks.
And in the 1980s, Southerners, like the rest of America, were taken by the walkman, aerobics, and lots of hairspray. Southern musicians were no different. Though the Heartbreakers avoided the hairspray for the most part, they were still prone to the new strides being made in the studio.
If "Southern Accents" didn't contain its share of synthesizers, reverbs, and overdubs, its concept - though loose - would be ineffective.
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