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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Hard Promises"

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Year of Release: 1981

track listing
  • The Waiting
  • A Woman In Love
    (It's Not Me)
  • Nightwatchman
  • Something Big
  • King's Road
  • Letting You Go
  • A Thing About You
  • Insider
  • The Criminal Kind
  • You Can Still
    Change Your Mind

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    "Hard Promises"

    Hard Promises by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers achieved one major hit, "The Waiting." But, for those who were listening to FM Radio back in 1981, there were some other somes that you may have remembered, while listening to his album. No doubt, this album is a fine album, there is a great balance of good rocking tunes by Petty & Company, as well as some softer songs to even out the score.

    "A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)" is definitely one of those "Oh I've heard this song before..." in the first seconds of the song. "Nightwatchman" is another one, where I vaugely heard this song get some airplay back in the day, yet "A Woman In Love" received more airplay.

    "Something Big" is not as rocking as Petty's popular favorites, and it has Dylan-styled vocals. "King's Road" is a good rocking Petty tune, likewise "Letting You Go." "A Thing About You" starts out as an almost Country song, yet it kicks into the standard Petty rocker. "Insider" is a soft ballad; "The Criminal Kind" is one of those songs, where you know it's Tom Petty, by the voice, and his voice is (once again) Dylan-ish. Ending the album is a softer song, "You Can Still Change Your Mind," ending the good, equal balance.

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is a band that has great songs, despite some may not fair his voice. Definitely compared to Bob Dylan, he is another artist where you just may not like his voice, but his music rocks. Whether you enjoy Petty (or Dylan, for that matter), their music is Classic Rock. Both Dylan and Petty are still recording new material these days, as the last few albums Dylan has recorded has reached #1. Petty's latest, "Mojo" is getting good reviews as well. Tom Petty's most memorable music was in the late 1970s and 1980s, as songs such as "The Waiting" keeps Petty's music alive and well on Classic Rock radio stations. Although some may like Best Of compilations, its better to listen to Petty's original releases, especially those "lost" album cuts that will be discovered or rediscovered in many years to come.

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