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It’s always a pleasure to hear old hands at work. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers return after eight years with a 15-track record Mojo...

Written by Mohan Kumar | Published: July 24, 2010 12:11:46 am

Mojo

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Reprise Records

Rs 395,rating: ****

It’s always a pleasure to hear old hands at work. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers return after eight years with a 15-track record Mojo,dishing out succulent portions of choppy guitars and blues-rock solos backed by harmonicas,braided bass and drums.

While Petty’s southern drawls and suave rhythms are the heart of the album,the band swings into action with the progressions and pub-house grooves that flow from the vintage Stratocasters of Mike Campbell and Scott Thurston. And then come Benmont Tench on the piano and organ,Ron Blair’s bass licks and Steve Ferrone’s hassle-free drumming. Bliss.

Right from the opening track “Jefferson Jericho blues”,the band navigates through melodies and classic blues until it turns out some solos and garage rock revival. Some songs might feel a little repetitive,but there is plenty of stuff to keep you happy: like the ruffling progressions and celestial guitars in “First flash of freedom” and the domineering bass lines and pithy vocals in “The trip to pirate’s cove”. The reggae-induced “Don’t pull me over” seems to be Petty’s ode to marijuana: in his slurring voice,it goes,“Don’t pull me over,should be legalised,don’t pull me over mister policeman.” The dynamic “I should have known it”,the intense “Something good coming”,the bluesy “Running man’s Bible” and the abrasive “Good enough” show that this is the real thing,away from the vocoder and autotune bandwagon. Petty’s mojo is definitely working.

mohan.kumar@expressindia.com

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