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  • Summary: The veteran rock-and-rollers return with their first studio album in nearly a decade. With Petty's trademark drawl and snarling blues-driven guitar, Mojo delivers a return to their roots as they continue to push the boundaries of classic rock and roll.
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  1. It's not news that these guys rock, but on their first new album in eight years the Heartbreakers have their Mojo working like they never have before-which is a fine thing indeed.
  2. 80
    Tom Petty's turned his attention to a resume of his life so far -- 15 crunching, clever, moving tracks that make his earlier point far better, indicting the rest by breezy example. [July 2010, p. 96]
  3. The performances are natural knockouts – cocksure grooves, pithy knife-play guitars and little overdub fuss – worked up, then nailed, some on the first full take, at the band's suburban Los Angeles rehearsal space. Petty can't help stressing the authenticity here.
  4. While there are still nods to the Heartbreakers’ 1980s bigness here, and to the bigness of others, they’re offered in an offhand style.
  5. It's slightly indulgent at more than an hour long, but more likely that's just Petty's way of offering love for what his ageless band can do.
  6. The playing is solid, but one wishes Petty & the Heartbreakers had simply covered some of those old Chess classics rather than trying half-heartedly to write their own -- it would have made for an album closer to intent.
  7. And in Don't Pull Me Over – a plea to a police officer for clemency over marijuana possession, set to an Eric Claptonesque vision of reggae – Petty may have written the worst song ever.

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  1. AnthonyJ
    Jun 15, 2010
    10
    this album is lined with perfect melodies that flow together very nicely. the atmosphere of this album is awe inspiring.
  2. LeoT
    Jun 17, 2010
    10
    WOW! These guys never disappoint. highly recommended.
  3. AndyS
    Jun 16, 2010
    10
    Brilliant. He never fails to make a great record. I was hooked on the first full listen.
  4. SteveC
    Jun 16, 2010
    10
    Tom Petty! Excellent as usual. I don't think the first track should lead the album, I think a different song would have been a better Tom Petty! Excellent as usual. I don't think the first track should lead the album, I think a different song would have been a better choice, but the rest of the cd is incredible. So give it a listen and I think you will be very pleased. Running Man's Bible, The Trip To Pirate's Cove, and No Reason To Cry stand out to me as the cream of the crop of the album, but all of the songs will leave you fullfilled. So go buy it! Expand
  5. AndyB
    Jun 16, 2010
    10
    Possibly the most honest blues album i've heard in a very long time. The honesty that presents itself in every track is incredible.
  6. RobinS
    Jun 15, 2010
    9
    Really the best Tom Petty album in years, gotta love this!
  7. CodyT.
    Jun 17, 2010
    6
    A great return for the Heartbreakers. But far from perfect. This album, while a little too long and bloated, does have redeeming qualities A great return for the Heartbreakers. But far from perfect. This album, while a little too long and bloated, does have redeeming qualities though. Styles range from Zeppelin-esque rock (I Should Have Known It) to honky tonk (Jefferson Jericho Blues) to reggae (Don't Pull Me Over). When Petty and his band DO bring home the bacon and fry it in the pan, its well worth the purchase. Collapse

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