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Review by Paul Verna
Billboard - August 10, 1996

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | Songs And Music From The Motion Picture She's The One | Producers: Rick Rubin, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell | Warner Bros. 46285
Although this album is technically a soundtrack, it is actually a new Petty & the Heartbreakers release, their first since "Into the Great Wide Open" in 1991. A showcase for both Petty's increasingly brilliant songwriting and the band's understated but sophisticated playing, this album easily qualifies as one of the year's best rock records. From the hit single "Walls" (rendered in two versions) to witty, cynical compositions like "Zero from Outer Space" and "California," the album seizes the listener's attention and never lets up. Also includes noteworthy covers of Lucinda Williams' "Change The Locks" and Beck's "Asshole," plus lovely film-music instrumentals "Hope On Board" and "Airport." A lucid work.