The Observer — May 13, 1987

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Review by Tom Wrobleski
The Observer — May 13, 1987

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)
After 1985’s disjointed Southern Accents, Tom Petty and the band offer up another schizophrenic effort. Sode one moves with all the drive and lyrical insight of TP’s best work. “Jammin’ Me” is one of the sharpest hooks he’s ever hung a song on, and the moody “Runaway Trains” proves that Petty hasn’t lost his gift for heartbreak songs. Side two, however, is an aimless ride through filler-land on a road of uninspired vocals and lazy country-and-western arrangements. Though country is an intriguing direction for the Heartbreakers to be taking in the wake of their tour with Bob Dylan last summer, the further Petty moves from his hard-rock roots, the less interesting he becomes. “Think About Me” doesn’t do much with the melody it steals from the classic “Not Fade Away,” while “All Mixed Up” plods along without ever really getting anywhere. “Self Made Man” and “Ain’t Love Strange” are just hollow throw-aways. Things pick up at album’s end with the title track, but by then, too muc damage has been done. What a disappointment.

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