New music: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Interrupters

  • Updated: August 2, 2014 - 2:00 PM

ALBUM

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “Hypnotic Eye” (Reprise)

Petty’s 13th album is being hyped as a jolt of energy in comparison with “Mojo,” his bluesy, often rambling set in 2010 with his underrated band. That’s accurate enough: “Hypnotic Eye” delivers welcome Petty snarl and always impeccable Mike Campbell guitar work. Without getting too heavy-handed, there’s also some sociopolitical commentary, from the shuddering “Power Drunk,” which examines police corruption, to “Playing Dumb,” a vinyl-only track that assails the Catholic Church about sex abuse. It’s a vital-sounding collection. If only a handful — the geological metaphor “Fault Lines,” the heavy-riffing “All You Can Carry,” the psych-rock celebration “U Get Me High” — are likely to stand up over the long haul, that’s still a pretty impressive batting average at this late stage.

dan deluca, Philadelphia Inquirer

STREAMING AUDIO

Produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, the Interrupters’ self-titled debut is teeming with punk-pop with occasional ska undertones. Think early No Doubt. Streaming at Alternative Press. http://tinyurl.com/k4enng6

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