The Petty Archives

Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever
Review by David Silverman
Chicago Tribune - May 11, 1989

Tom Petty | Full Moon Fever | ★★★½
Though most of this album was recorded before his work with the Traveling Wilburys and Roy Orbison, "Full Moon Fever" is the last of Petty's recent projects to hit the streets. It could be called Petty and the Wilburys, as Jeff Lynne (coproducer), George Harrison and Orbison appear, but there's no mistaking Petty's rock edge. Even without the Heartbreakers, it's a wonderful mix of depth and free-wheeling fun: the piercing simplicity of "Alright For Now," the exuberant "Free Falling" and the LP's first single, "I Won't Back Down." All were made to be played on a warm summer's eve, cruising in a convertible with the top down.

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