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By Steve Cruse
The Daily Iowan - February 8, 1990

Tom Petty, "Free Fallin'" -- I know it's later for additional '80s retrospectives, but it occurred to me recently that the past decade could well be designated the Era of the Ominously Twisted Love Song. Think about it: Over the last 10 years, we had "Tainted Love," "When Doves Cry," "With Or Without You," "The One I Love," "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," everything by the Cure, and now this -- the most delicately frightening serenade since "Patience." It's rather incredible.