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Yeah, the world would swing if Tom were King..,
This review is from: Wildflowers (Audio CD)
Worth owning, for the incomparable "It's Good To Be King" which, with the much older "Free-falling" stands out as Petty's signature masterpiece of American male guilt and regret. Both share a lyrical self-delusion, and both have transcendently pretty tunes. "It's Good to be King" is jaded, hypnotic, tired and heartsore, and it ends with a remarkable 16-bar orchestration by Michael Kamen that absolutely leaps out at you. The first time I heard it, it reminded me of another lovely orchestration, that of "Diamond Dust" on Jeff Beck's "Blow by Blow"--, with much the same tone of edgy remorse.
The rest of this CD is pleasant but unremarkable. Tom Petty hasn't changed his haircut nor his sound in decades, but that's not a bad thing. As he ages, I find I enjoy his wisdom and simple tunes more and more.