- 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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Entertainment WeeklyAug 5, 2014All of Hypnotic carries a sense of knowing urgency. [9 Aug 2014, p.67]
UncutJul 25, 2014If 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]
Q MagazineAug 28, 2014This time around Petty's Heartbreakers have brought out the very best in the man himself. [Sep 2014, p.102]
Jul 28, 2014By 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.
Aug 8, 2014This 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
Dec 2, 2015I've liked Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers right from the start. I've seen 'em live a couple of times. They are just a great rock band with aI've liked Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers right from the start. I've seen 'em live a couple of times. They are just a great rock band with a sense of lyric and arrangement and musicianship that's pretty unique. His lyrics are worth listening to, and I'm not usually a lyrics guy.
Is this album Petty and Heartbreakers at the top of their game? No, but it's not very far away. Listen to "All You Can Carry." A great song that evokes a bit of CSN and a bit of late sixties psychedelia (in a good way).
That Petty is still out there is good news. That he's also still making and playing music this good is even better news.
Do your self a favor and get this album.… Expand
Aug 17, 2014This 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
Aug 5, 2014I 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
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