The Petty Archives

Admit One: Riding shotgun down the avalanche
By Joel Welin
Sarasota Herald-Tribune -- November 11, 1994

The Christmas avalanche of recordings has begun to slide down from the mountain again, with big names, big sounds and big aspirations riding shotgun.

And now that we're all Republicans again, maybe we'll be able to afford a few of them -- although we'll pay for it later.

Tom Petty, Wildflowers (Warner Bros.)
What's the difference between a Tom Petty solo project and another Heartbreakers' album?

Good question. Using the talents of band members Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and Howie Epstein, Petty's second "solo" album, "Wildflowers," is scent-free, classic-rock lite; it's virtual reality in that it borrows from itself.

Even the few songs that have some bite ("You Wreck Me") sound like remakes of older Petty tunes, which were adaptations in their own right.