Southern Accents Import
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|Audio CD, Import, March 18, 2009||
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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?
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.
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.Read more ›
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could this man possibly be capable of writing a song that's not amazing?!Published 4 months ago by JS
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. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Lindgren
Awesome CD! Very satisfied with my purchase. Would definitely recommend seller to others. Great customer service.Published 8 months ago by tengelking