David N. (Newbster) from SOMERVILLE, TN Reviewed on 2/21/2007...
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Who the F*** is Geoffrey Himes?!
Robert Workman | Saint Paul, MN | 02/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""It's just that Harrison on his own is a second-tier rock & roll figure whose best work is long behind him, and that's pretty much the case with Petty as well."
George's best work came out not too long before this and was succeeded by an equally towering achievement after he died. As for Petty, he's far shy from having one foot in the grave as a creative artist. Criticism is subjective, to be sure, but these comments are not only way off base they're offensive."
It's His Best, Folks
Ben C-F | Minneapolis, MN United States | 10/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Tom Petty's finest album. He made it at a time when he realized he wasn't getting any younger, his midlife crisis work with Jeff Lynne past him, battling the end of his marriage; all those strange feelings were condensed and channeled through his songwriting, and the result was the magnificent WILDFLOWERS. It's Petty's first album produced by Rick Rubin (who had already lent his talents to the Heartbreakers' teriffic "Mary Jane's Last Dance" the previous year), and the earthy, crisp sound is a perfect compliment to both Petty's voice and his songs. The beauty of Tom Petty's music is both the casual ease he seems to effortlessly slip into, and the way his songs just manage to stick in your head. At first listen, you'll always find one or two songs that stand out, and certainly the others are good, but not necessarily great. But then, they get stuck. Try as you might, you simply can't get them out of your head. And it's at this point that you realize, all these other songs are just as great. And by that time, you realize just how beautiful the album is. WILDFLOWERS is no exception. The simple instrumentation (powered by Steve Ferrone's minimal drumming) hides the complexity of the work.Lyrically, this is also Petty's strongest album to date. "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Hard On Me" deal with the pain of isolation, the fear of loneliness. Songs like "Only A Broken Heart" and the title track are almost reassurances, like he's saying it's okay to feel this pain, you're headed somewhere better. "A Higher Place" and "It's Good To Be King" have a twinge of cynicism beneath their ideologies, while "To Find A Friend" and "Crawling Back To You" are about the pain of a relationship (the latter especially touching). And in "Wake Up Time," a very fitting coda, Petty especially confronts his age, with wisdom, reflection, even a little pessimism and wonder ("You were so cool, back in high school, What happened?").Musically, while most of the Heartbreakers did end up contributing a lot towards the album (certainly much more than on FULL MOON FEVER), this is a Tom Petty solo album, so it allows for more creative arrangements, and plenty of guest stars. Ringo Starr plays drums on "To Find A Friend," the wonderful slide guitarist Marty Rifkin is buried deep in the mix on "House In The Woods," and Petty himself even takes his hand at lead guitar on a couple of numbers. There are a few absolute get-yer-yayas-out jam tunes, "You Wreck Me" and especially "Honey Bee," sort of the sweatier, swampier second-cousin to "Mary Jane's Last Dance." Petty would continue to record teriffic music, more or less with his fellow Heartbreakers, but he'd never quite reach this level of sophistication and artistry again. A must-own."
David A. Kotwicki | 06/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
Mr. Himes review of Mr. Petty's work is snarky and shallow. His characterization of Petty & George Harrison (two of the all-time greats) as "second tier" is condescending and uninformed. As a frequent customer who is a Harrison & Petty centric rock fan, it's a turn-off to read drivel such as this."
Tom Petty - 'Wildflowers' (Warner Brothers)
Mike Reed | USA | 02/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tom Petty had apparenty put out a second solo effort,the follow-up to his honey of an lp 'Full Moon Fever'.'Wildflowers' has fifteen cuts,most of which carry their weight on the disc rather well.Tunes I found myself sort of tapping my toes to were the Petty-esque "You Don't Know How It Feels","Time To Move On",the Dylan-like "Honey Bee","To Find A Friend" and "Wake Up Time".Don't just assume this CD isn't going to be any good beacause the Heartbreakers aren't mentioned in the artist's name;this release rocks!In fact,I could see Petty including several of these songs in his live sets.Ever see Tom Petty&The Heartbreakers play live?They're not to be missed.Old fashioned well-written rock&roll,as with most Petty albums.A nice find."
Wake Up Time!
A Minstrel in the Gallery | Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA | 01/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album came out when I was a sophomore in high school back in 1993-94, and I had a musical epiphany of sorts. At that time, I was aware of Tom Petty but this record broadsided me like a brickwall and suddenly I began to explore his remarkable musical legacy. More than a decade later, this album is still close to my heart and has guided me through various periods of my life. Simply put, this is a cd that absolutely no Tom Petty fan should be without. Some of TP's greatest tunes are on this cd-"It's Good to Be King" which has some of his most poignant lyrics: "I'll be king when dogs get wings, can I help it if I dream from time to time." Other classics include the title-track, a truly beautiful love song, the perennial live track "You Wreck Me", and also one of my personal favorites, "To Find a Friend": "And the days went by like paper in the wind, everything changed, and then changed again, it's hard to find a friend." I also had the rare pleasure to hear Tom play "Crawling Back to You" live in 2005, which suggests that it is one of his favorite tunes. The last track on the album, "Wake Up Time," an introspective piece featuring piano and strings, is a profound song that asks: < "You spend you life dreaming, running around in a trance You hang out forever and still miss the dance And if you get lucky, you might find someone To help you get over the pain that will come Yeah, you were so cool back in high school, what happened?"
I guess we're all still wondering what has happened, and where the time goes, and if we make the most of the opportunities life gives us. Buy this album today: it will change your life!! "