The Petty Archives

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Into The Great Wide Open. MCA.
Review by Susan Leff
The Barnard Bulletin - September 16, 1991

Having established himself firmly in the mainstream last year both as a solo artist with Full Moon Fever and as one of the Traveling Wilburys (in such fine company as Bob Dylan, the late Roy Orbison, et al.), Tom has resurfaced this year with long-time bandmates, the Heartbreakers. Never one to disappoint, Tom returns as the prodigal son to weave stories of his adventures that are two parts whimsy and one part dose-of-reality: "Learning to Fly," the first single off the album, is an autobiographical account of Tom's rise to fame, while "Two Gunslingers" is a parable about world peace.