The Petty Archives

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) | MCA
Review by Brian Jarvinen
The Michigan Daily - May 29, 1987

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers make the business of putting out hit singles look easy. Their new album continues the tend with six or seven cuts that are strong enough to enter the singles chart. The strength of the song rests on the playing and arranging of the Heartbreakers, who play songs that sound almost as dense as Peter Gabriel's hits, without using a lot of electronic studio effects.

During the long sessions for Southern Accents, his last studio album, Tom Petty talked about possibly recording a double album incorporating more musical styles such as country or bluegrass. These styles have yet to show up as anything more than remote influences on any Petty album, and this one is no different. With the exception of the mandolin playing on the best track, "It'll All Work Out," the band stays within the style they have been developing since their first album. The thought of a great band like the Heartbreakers taking on a project such as Springsteen's Nebraska is enticing, but for now Petty fans will be very happy with another excellent album chock full of new personal favorites.