Album Details

RELEASE
October 08, 2002
LABEL
Warner Bros.
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Album Review

Tom Petty has always battled corporations and the music industry -- fighting for lower retail prices for Hard Promises, complaining about videos, and always fighting for old-school, artist-first '60s rock aesthetics. There's a lot to admire about this stance, especially since he's essentially right about corporations having too much of a stranglehold on pop music. Not every song on the record is about the death of rock & roll and the evils that corporations do, but it sure feels that way, since it begins with the one-two punch of "The Last DJ" and "Money Becomes King." The former is a bitter lament for the loss of free thought in pop culture, using the DJ as a truth-telling seer; the latter is a rewrite of "Into the Great Wide Open," all about a favorite artist who sells out. These front-loaded tracks obscure the lovely "Dreamville," the best song here.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Last DJ
  2. Money Becomes King
  3. Dreamville
  4. Joe
  5. When a Kid Goes Bad
  6. Like a Diamond
  7. Lost Children
  8. Blue Sunday
  9. You and Me
  10. The Man Who Loves Women
  11. Have Love Will Travel
  12. Can't Stop the Sun