The Last DJ

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    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. Mojo
    70
    Taken all together these songs pack a powerful punch and make for a much better record than we might have expected. [Dec 2002, p.108]
  5. It's always sort of tough to rally behind an artist dissin' the music industry—I mean, how do you support someone who's living a rock star's life but still complaining, right? But Tom Petty makes it all too easy here, slyly balancing bitter references to modern-day payola, shifty execs, and even the struggles of artists over 40 with wistful imagery of rock'n'roll dreams.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Feb 6, 2011
    8
    Took me about 2 or 3 listens...but I thoroughly enjoy the musicianship and connection of the songs. A lyrical and musical journey. No hitsTook 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. Full Review »
  2. DSmith
    Feb 28, 2007
    8
    Petty is making a strong and true point about the modern music industry. All modern music is either some black guy talking really fast synth Petty is making a strong and true point about the modern music industry. All modern music is either some black guy talking really fast synth beat, or a bunch of the same guitar chords. None of it requires any skill, and I have to give Petty a pat on the back for stepping up and publically recognizing that. However there were some songs that were not quite up with the others, especially in the second half of the album. Full Review »
  3. BrandonS
    Jun 9, 2006
    9
    Fantastic album. I've never been more baffled by many people's distaste for this one. After the awful "Echo," I was worried that Fantastic album. I've never been more baffled by many people's distaste for this one. After the awful "Echo," I was worried that Petty had lost it. Instead, he returned in top form. Full Review »