The Petty Archives

Tom Petty -- Highway Companion ★★
Review by Chuck Eddy
SPIN - September 2006

Well-traveled rocker never really gets rolling.
The eternally squirrely dad-rocker's road-trip album opens with its most explicit car rhythm, a ZZ-riffed boogie ride past exurbia's ranch homes. And though the disc never works up comparable energy again, the tune about heading South to sell family headstones ("Down South") and the one about dropping in on small-town buddies for a beer ("Big Weekend") do okay. Moodier moments respectably imitate Dylan and Neil Young, but often fall asleep at the wheel.