The Last DJ - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
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  • Summary: The latest from Tom Petty is a concept album (or diatribe, if you will) about/against the domination of popular music by large, greedy corporations. It was released on October 8, 2002 by a large, greedy corporation.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. His most consequential songs in years. [11 Oct 2002, p.83]
  2. Earnest and straightforward, as rock and roll should be.... The Last DJ is clearly an expression of what Tom Petty feels right now, and his honesty -- coupled with his talent -- is revitalizing.
  3. A little more electric guitar would've helped, but these tales of capitalism gone amok are worth checking out.
  4. The Last DJ is quintessential Petty, by turns strident and starry-eyed.
  5. Petty's thesis is strong, but his argument falters too often.
  6. Tom's not quite so lovable when he's preaching his anti-non-Petty doctrine in a series of songs that often don't rise above the level of mediocrity themselves.
  7. Throughout The Last DJ, Petty sounds utterly lost -- and instead of liberating him like it did in the past, it paralyzes him, boxing him into a corner where he can't draw on his strengths. It's the first true flop in a career that, until now, had none.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Feb 6, 2011
    Took me about 2 or 3 listens...but I thoroughly enjoy the musicianship and connection of the songs. A lyrical and musical journey. No hits stand out, but as a whole is complete. Expand

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