Central Michigan Life — May 1, 1985

Edit: Yes, the original scan said “the band Fame.” I have a feeling it was an editor….

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Southern Accents (MCA Records)
Review by Brian VanOchten
Central Michigan Life — May 1, 1985

One has to wonder how a guy who can’t sing is able to achieve multi-platinum status as a pop/rock recording artist.

Funny, but that’s exactly what Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers have been doing of late. The new studio album, Southern Accents, is no laughing matter either. Its destiny also is one of the platinum echelon.

The sixth album for Petty and the band and the first since 1982’s Long After Dark, Southern Accents’ highlights include collaborations with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Robbie Robertson of the band Fame.

Don’t Come Around Here No More, the first single, is climbing quickly up the pop charts and looks to make a lengthy run at the top spot.

Rebels, Mary’s New Car, It Ain’t Nothin’ To Me, and Best of Everything are all solid tunes with chart power. The best song on the album, however, is far and away Dogs On the Run — a rhythmic rocker bubbling with the Petty trademark.

Recorded in Petty’s home studio, the chart potential for Southern Accents is unbounded. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this album will bring T.P. the plaudits of critics and fans alike and may even net him a Grammy.

Meanwhile, Petty and the Heartbreakers are planning a summer tour that promises to land them at Pine Knob for a pair of shows. The only thing in doubt now is the left hand T.P. crushed against a wall in the studio working on Southern Accents. Rumor suggests the Rebel rocker’s southern paw is crippled and still on the mend.

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