Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide Open (1991)

petty into the great wideBy Scott Goldfine

Tom Petty, who’s spent the past four years as a member of the Traveling Wilburys and as a solo artist, reunites with the Heartbreakers on “Into the Great Wide Open.” The singer-guitarist takes his cues from the Byrds, Beatles and fellow Wilbury Bob Dylan on these 12 folk-inflected rock songs.

Petty’s often existential lyrics help compensate for music that’s sometimes short on invention or variety.

GRADE: C+

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