The Year In Music
By Debby Levinson, Marie E.V. Coppola, and Annabelle Boyd
The Tech — Tuesday, February 6, 1990
Tom Petty — Full Moon Fever
Petty’s first solo effort is even more satisfying that his already fine work with the Heartbreakers. He owes a large deby to the folk-rock of the 60’s, a debt he repays with his stellar cover of the Byrds’ “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better When You’re Gone.” There isn’t a weak track on the album, and if this is an example of Petty’s most mature work, his next recording with the Heartbreakers should be spectacular.