An unusual move for Tom Petty to score the music for the Edward Burns's film She's the One and then still turn it into a standard Tom Petty release. The inclusions of two versions of "Walls" and "Angel Dream" make it seem ... more »more like a movie soundtrack. But, at heart, the material is more classic Petty. "Grew Up Fast" and "Hope You Never" are perfect radio songs and Petty's cover of Beck's "Asshole" proves his anti-punk stance may finally be softening with a little help from producer Rick Rubin, whose ears have given Petty his most appealing production in years. --Rob O'Connor« less
An unusual move for Tom Petty to score the music for the Edward Burns's film She's the One and then still turn it into a standard Tom Petty release. The inclusions of two versions of "Walls" and "Angel Dream" make it seem more like a movie soundtrack. But, at heart, the material is more classic Petty. "Grew Up Fast" and "Hope You Never" are perfect radio songs and Petty's cover of Beck's "Asshole" proves his anti-punk stance may finally be softening with a little help from producer Rick Rubin, whose ears have given Petty his most appealing production in years. --Rob O'Connor
"Sing a little song of loneliness, sing one to make me smile
Boss Fan | Take a Right at the Light, Keep Going Straight Unt | 04/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What an album! This is an underrated masterpiece that no one would call one of Petty's best albums when compared to hit-laden fare like "Damn the Torpedoes" and "Full Moon Fever," but that's only because it never got the attention it deserved. In a perfect world this album would have been embraced as every other previous Heartbreaker's record was; but thanks to a relative lack of anthums, as well as radio and record companies moving away from pushing new music from classic artists, this artistic firecracker was virtually ignored.
Seriously, some 30-plus-year-old acts have put out some of their best, most critically albums in the twilight of their careers, but radio and their record companies would rather push the latest pseudo-rock trend band or slut-turned-singer than give this music a chance. You can't blame them when even their own fans constantly say stupid stuff like, "I like their old stuff," but never give the new stuff a chance. Why? Cuz they didn't hear the latest hit on the radio. A vicious cycle. If their was any justice Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" would have had as many radio singles and sold as many copies now as "Born In the USA" did in 1984. And that's just one, big example. But I digress. It didn't help Petty that, like a lot of great soundtracks, this album was attached to a little seen and not very good movie. But the music certainly stands on its own. "Walls" and "Climb That Hill," the two, albeit minor, singles are great mid-tempo rockers that were probably as good a choice as any to represent this album to the fans. Again, it would have been great if the record company and radio pushed them enough to allow them to be heard.
As good - and Heartbreaker-ish - as these two songs are, there are deeper cuts. "Grew Up Fast" is a terrific song about just that. The song should resonate in time when the country's divorce rate is at 50-plus%. The song is alternately about lovers and siblings, and is brilliant. Even on tracks like this that are meant to be contemplative, the boys don't forget to rock. Electric guitars are all over the place here and the band has never sounded tighter. In fact, "tight" is a perfect word to describe this album. It moves at a fast clip through various topics, emotions and arrangements; each song doing its job expertly. "Supernatural Radio," with its ominous, jazzy, "Bad Moon Rising" kind of vibe, the Brian Wilson-ish tribute to home "California," and a pair of break-up songs that, if played for the one who scorned you, would say everything perfectly so you don't have to: the hard driving cover "Change the Locks" and the calm I'm-so-over-you-I-don't-need-to-break-a-sweat-saying-goodbye "Hope You Never." Each is a giddy, musical middle finger (which given Petty tunes like "Don't Come Around Here No More," "You Got Lucky" and "Change of Heart," among many, is as much Petty's forte as his rebel-rock anthems). And there is "Angel Dream," which is as simple and beautiful a love song as Petty has ever done.
The same can be said for this album.
Combining Rick Rubin's expert production and Petty's more experimental material, this album plays like a pseudo-sequel to "Wildflowers" from two-years earlier. It even has similar packaging and both CD faces mimic a record label. What this album has that "Wildflowers" didn't is the Heartbreakers. "She's the One" is not as ambitious in its arrangements and determination to cover new, different territory as "Wildflowers" was, but it's tighter, looser, and more fun.
This is an album that slips into the back of mind for a while and then one day I'm scanning my collection for something great I haven't heard in a while and it always jumps out at me. Then it fades back into my collection to wait until it is needed again (it's the Batman of my CD collection). Every time I put it in again it's like discovering it for the first time. In a way, maybe that is reason enough to be okay with the fact this album was not over exposed.
Let them go
Nathan Payne | Indianapolis, IN USA | 12/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i've read far too many reviews of this record that keep saying, "it's okay, but it's no "full moon fever" or "damn the torpedoes". i own every one of tom petty's records from his debut to "the last dj" and i will continue to buy his records for the same reason, tom writes what he wants to and his artistic integrity is what keeps him going and keeps him fresh. "she's the one" is one of his finest recordings, not only because the songwriting is superb and original, but also for the fact that it ISN'T "full moon fever". give this record a chance and listen to it the way it deserves to be listened to, without expectations of anything but good music."
Worth getting just to hear "Walls"
John Stodder | livin' just enough | 07/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Walls" is one of the alltime great Tom Petty songs; so good is it that it gets two performances on this record, a loose-limbed version with harmonies by Lindsey Buckingham and a violinist, and a tighter-focused version. But if you avoided this record thinking it was a soundtrack, you will not have heard this great song. Walls is not the only worthwhile tune on this enjoyable disk. "Grew Up Fast" is a great song and performance, and his cover version of Lucinda Williams' "Change the Locks" emphasizes the exaggerated humor rather than the desperation Lucinda conveys in her version. Overall, the record might've seemed like a footnote to the great "Wildflowers" CD, but "Walls" makes it essential."
It ain't like anything else....
Timothy M. Huguet | 06/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By far TP's most interesting, and unfortunately, under-rated release. This is my personal favourite - I will not repeat what's already been said. Read on for some great reviews. This one's with me, everywhere I go. I can only thank God it was not too late. "
Kenneth Lang | 01/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This has to be the most under-rated album in Petty's catalog. "Walls" is simply a great pop song, and "Change the Locks" never gets old for me. I don't understand why these songs never get played on the radio, but maybe that's why it's the Petty album I have in my player the most - I haven't heard these songs to death on classic rock radio for years. If you are a Petty fan and somehow missed this release, pick it up!"