The Petty Archives

Tom Petty, With Rougher Edges
By Ken Tucker
The Philadelphia Inquirer - May 3, 1987

There's no looser, goosier superstar rock album around right now than Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) (MCA ★★★★ ) by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Petty has forsaken the earnest but dolorous character studies that dominated his last few albums in favor of fast, rough-edged songs that managed to make the same points as his other records but more effectively. Songs such as "Jammin' Me," "The Damage You've Done" and "Self-Made Man" sound something like Bob Dylan accompanied by the Rolling Stones, and Petty's command of the telling casual details lends his lyrics a power they've never possessed before.