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I absolutely love this album. It might actually be my favorite from Tom Petty. In my personal opinion, this album is classic Tom Petty, showcasing his humor, sarcasm, and maturity all in 15 songs. This one has a little bit of everything I think. Songs like, "Don’t Fade on Me," that can be a little bit dark, all the way to "It’s Good to be King," (one of my personal favorites), which is sort of cheeky and sarcastic. I find myself listening to this album in all kinds of moods because there’s kind of a song or two on it for all kinds of situations. If you want an album that showcases Tom (sans Heartbreakers), this one will definitely do that in my opinion. Truly wonderful tunes! Check it out!
Product Description Certified at 3 million units by the RIAA. (8/95) As you listen to Wildflowers, Tom Petty’s first new album in three years and his first ever for Warner Bros., you may be struck by a certain quality, new for Petty but nonetheless familiar. The predominance of the twangy rhythm guitar; the high-pitched, nasal singing; the irresistibly catchy pop hooks; and the melancholy lyrics straining for a spiritual significance just beyond their grasp–all these elements make Petty sound as if he were a Beatle imitating Bob Dylan. Then you may realize that Wildflowers resembles nothing so much as a George Harrison solo album. That’s not such a bad thing; Harrison (Petty’s old bandmate in the Traveling Wilburys) has a knack for giving moody spiritualism a pop tunefulness. 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. Only with appropriately reduced expectations can one enjoy Wildflowers for what it is. –Geoffrey Himes
I loved this album when it was originally released, when I was 13 – and I still do today. Tom Petty has an almost simplistic orchestration in these compositions; which could easily be mistaken, at first pass, for rudimentary. Steve Ferrone lays the pulse for the album with his almost hypnotic and metronomic delivery. Tom Petty blends his voice into the music in a style reminiscent of Louis Armstrong. He is conveying a message and singing, but at times he weaves in so smoothly to the rest of the music, his voice is more of an instrument than a solo. The layers of sound are just beautiful and simple at the same time. It brings great pleasure to experience this album. -Read Reviews-
This Tom Petty album surprised me a lot. It never had a lot of fanfare, and it came out in a harried period in my life. Maybe the best $5 I have spent on new-to-me music. A little bit of something for all musical tastes here. Even a bit of country. Sort of a odd duck here in that I like the newer Tom Petty music more than his stuff from the 1970’s.