The Petty Archives

Platter Chatter: Petty Does It With Strings
By Fred Freeman
Oswego Palladium Times - June 25, 1985

"Southern Accents" -- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, MCA. This is the long-awaited sixth album by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, their first LP in almost three years. This progress report from one of the most popular and creative bands marks numerous first that expand the unique Petty sound and style. It is the first time Petty has co-written material with a non-Heartbreaker -- Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, on three tracks. It is also the first time the group used an orchestra -- 26 pieces in all, with the first-time used strings arranged and conducted by the legendary Jack Nitzche. Highlights include "The Best Of Everything," "Spike," and "Make It Better."