The Petty Archives

Billboard - July 27, 1996

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: Walls (no timing listed) | PRODUCERS: Rick Rubin, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell | WRITER: T. Petty | PUBLISHER: Gone Gator, ASCAP | Warner Bros. 8285 (cassette single)

Petty and pals preview their soundtrack to "She's The One" with a midtempo rocker that is etched by the singer/songwriter's reliably sharp and clever lyrics. An instantly memorable chorus is splashed with fluid guitar licks, courtesy of Mike Campbell's ever-agile hand, and plush keyboards give the song an overall classic pop flavor. Certainly, it will make sense within the context of the movie or album, but there are two notably different recordings of "Walls" included here, which have slightly different lyrics and musical vibes. The Circus version is the more concise and aggressive of the two and will likely earn the lion's share of radio play.