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Southern Accents

Tom Petty, Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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listen  5. Make It Better (Forget About Me) 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Dogs On The Run 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002O1P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Petty venture. August 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Tom Petty album November 18, 2004
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars time for a change? October 8, 2005
By Gitters
Format:Audio CD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triggers Wonderful Memories September 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review with a Northern Accent April 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm a blue-blood New Englander to the core but I still love Southern Accents, because it is a quintessential American album. This may be not TP's most acclaimed release but it is his most autobiographical, since he grew up in the everglades of Florida, a topic explored in great detail in Petty's recent book that came out in 2005. Because I am a student of the Civil War, "Rebels" is one my favorite all-time songs and the best reason to buy this cd. How this masterpiece of songwriting didn't end up on the greatest hits collection in 1993 is perplexing to me! Petty's haunting verse about how our history remains with us today still sends chills down my spine:

"Even before my father's fathers
They called us all rebels
Burned our cornfields
And left our cities leveled
I can still see the eyes
Of those blue bellied devils
When I'm walking round tonight
Through the concrete and metal"

While sometimes the overall sound of this cd is a bit jarring, and honestly the horns do not always fit in with Petty's laid-back sound, the wonderful "Dogs on the Run" and the final track with the late lamented Richard Manuel of The Band singing backup vocals help to make this album a must-have for hardcore Petty fans.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Full Moon Fever" may have spawned bigger sales, but "Southern Accents" is Tom Petty's best album. With production help from Eurythmic Dave Stewart, Petty incorporates synthesizers into his sound as on the weird "Don't Come Around Here No More." What really shines is the songwriting, the best that he's ever done. "With "Rebels" and the title track, he finally acknowledges his Dixie roots, which is a welcome element. The song closes with two excellent songs, "Mary's New Car" and the horn-laden "The Best of Everything." This is truly Petty at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised would buy again
Published 3 days ago by gto 68
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Accents
Loved this one
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome Song! And yes, we don't care how you did it, 'Up-North.'
From Southern Kentucky!!!!
Published 29 days ago by Derek Van Buren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing artist. love his voice
Published 1 month ago by Erifili Marsolais
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse TPH ever
Other then the title track, this CD is horrible! I love TPH and was extremely disappointed in this. The songs are not memorable, & the singing is horrible.
Published 1 month ago by ahjah9
5.0 out of 5 stars Petty
Great album!
Published 2 months ago by Carol Eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up
This is the record that frustrated Tom Petty so much that he punched a wall and broke his fretting hand (left) requiring surgery and a lot of physical rehab for his hand. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Doescher
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift - he'll love it.
Heard a sampling of this CD and loved the music. I thought it would make a great Christmas Gift for 2013.
Published 10 months ago by Donna L. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless music
Wish I would have bought this when it was originally released. My husband heard one of the songs on TV and prompted me to buy it. Great CD. Timeless music.
Published 11 months ago by Jennifer B
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best
Tom Petty is a genius and a true talen. We all know that. This is not his best effort but it is well worth your collection if you are a fan.
Published 11 months ago by bongo
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They need to remaster this CD.
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