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  • Summary: The 13th studio release for Tom Petty with the Heartbreakers is said to be a return to straight up rock'n'roll and was produced by Petty, Mike Campbell, and Ryan Ulyate.
  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, American Trad Rock, Bar Band, Heartland Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 91
    All of Hypnotic carries a sense of knowing urgency. [9 Aug 2014, p.67]
  2. 80
    Hypnotic Eye is a bastion of consistent excellence.
  3. Jul 25, 2014
    80
    If Hypnotic Eye was just about the snarl, it'd lose steam fast. Instead, it's only one element of a story that's bigger and richer, which is how a storied American band returned to the core principals of yesteryear without having to pretend to forget all they've learned in the meantime. [Aug 2014, p.63]
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    This time around Petty's Heartbreakers have brought out the very best in the man himself. [Sep 2014, p.102]
  5. Jul 28, 2014
    75
    Petty's music stands strong against a tide of new trends, fresh sounds, fabulous makeovers. His defiance underlines the music, animates it, makes it feel vital even if it may sound familiar.
  6. Jul 28, 2014
    70
    By the time the second half of the album rolls around, the near-constant procession of sluggish tempos and downbeat refrains begins to wear.... These missteps aren't enough to erase the positive impression of Hypnotic Eye's best moments, but they may cause you to wish that Petty would just lighten up already.
  7. 58
    Ranked alongside the Heartbreakers’ back catalog, their 13th falls somewhere in the middle. As a measuring of the fire inside Petty, however, readings are strong. Listening to Hypnotic Eye, you can rest assured he’s still kicking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    This is a return to form for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Personally, I enjoyed his 2010 release of "Mojo", but I did hope for a more rockThis is a return to form for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Personally, I enjoyed his 2010 release of "Mojo", but I did hope for a more rock sounding direction on his next album. I was not disappointed. Hypnotic Eye is full of energy, great lyrics, and stand out songs. The album sounds a lot like their first couple of albums, as well as the 2008 Mudcrutch release. Mike Campbell, guitarist of the Heartbreakers, stands out here. Very impressed with this album, and it gets better with repeated listens, as there is a lot of musical and lyrical depth here. It is hard to believe that this is TP&HB first #1 album. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up and listen to it all the way through. Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2014
    8
    This is as good of an album that you can get from a band like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. A band in the later part of their career. TomThis is as good of an album that you can get from a band like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. A band in the later part of their career. Tom Petty has been releasing classic records for over thirty years and this one belongs up with the best of them. Petty's lyrics shine as you expect from him. Mike Campbell appears ageless as well and continues his great guitar work. Overall Hypnotic Eye is just a classic record from a classic rock n roll band. I highlight U Get Me High, All You Can Carry and Power Drunk. Expand
  3. Aug 5, 2014
    6
    I never heard any of their older work. This is not bad, but it didn't have any emotional impact. The lyrics are good, but the music and vocalsI never heard any of their older work. This is not bad, but it didn't have any emotional impact. The lyrics are good, but the music and vocals are ordinary. Expand