Full Moon Fever review by Tom Petty

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  • Released: Apr 25, 1989
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (3 votes)
Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever
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Sound — 9
Full Moon Fever saw Tom Petty stepping away from The Heartbreakers to team up with newfound mate, pop maestro Jeff Lynne. As a true rocker Petty was exhausted from the hard grind of relentless touring and a change on the cards. Petty welcomed the music world with a slicker, more poppier sound and the hits flowed. I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin, Running Down A Dream, Yer So Bad, A Face In The Crowd were all hits and the album went on to become a multi platinum seller, the biggest record he ever made. Not bad for a side project that the record company initially rejected, much to Petty's suprise. Luckily the record company saw sense and eventually released the album.

Lyrics — 9
Full Moon Fever is a joy to listen to largely because of it's fun, positive and upbeat nature reflected in the lyrics and the music. Some listeners dubbed this "Wilburys Volume 2" however, Full Moon Fever was made just before the Wilburys did Volume One. Free Fallin and I Won't Back Down are among the most well recieved songs that Tom ever wrote giving a lot of people hope and strength. There was a girl who was in a coma and she came out of it singing lines from the great Free Fallin. Tom's singing earlier in his career, at times sounded strained attempting to sign too high and perhaps not realising the full limitation of his vocal range but had settled into cruise control by the time of Full Moon Fever. You will hear Petty's cool and dry vocal that we have become so familiar with today.

Overall Impression — 9
Full Moon Fever is certainly one of Tom's most popular and commercially successful albums. I don't think it's the best but it's the best one to put on at a party as all the tunes are catchy. All the songs are impressive, you will not be hitting the skip button that is for sure.

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