By Fred Shuster
Chicago Tribune — July 25, 2006
Tom Petty | “HIGHWAY COMPANION” | RATING: 3 SOUND LEVELS
Even though he hails from the other coast, Petty writes about L.A.’s losers and dreamers as effectively as though he’d spent a lifetime out west. In this finely crafted solo effort, he gets down to it again with “This Old Town.” This town, Petty sings in a melancholy voice, “ties your hands/It spikes your drink/I’d say more, but I can’t think.” It’s one of a dozen sparingly fleshed-out songs that find Petty facing down mortality and wondering where all the years went.