TRACK LISTING & COMMENTS
- American Dream Plan B – This was my favorite song right away, as described in the full review. It is simple, raw, sassy and very rock n’ roll. I love the lyrics because they are so simple, clever and punky – “when I see what I want, I go after it!”
- Fault Lines – the rhythm pattern of this song was really familiar, but now I am realizing I lack the vocabulary to accurately describe it. I want to say bossa nova with a lot of hi-hat, set to a bass line that is almost surf-rock mixed with really fast swing. Clearly I need to take a music class if I am going to keep up with this blog!
- Red River – This was another contender for favorite, but I didn’t like it right away. It seemed too 70s cliché and melodramatic at first, but then I learned to adore the singable chorus and almost CSNY feel that it carries.
- Full Grown Boy – One of my least favorites on the album. “Full Grown Boy” is a little bit jazzy, and would remind me of a Steely Dan number if it only included some female backing vocals… as it is though, it just really isn’t my style and I think the lyrics are weird. For example: “and the foreman seems to know me ‘cause I found myself at last.”
- All You Can Carry – This one has a 60s/70s psychedelic vibe to it; I think the lyrics have some styling/reverb that gives the song a really vintage feel. Pretty good!
- Power Drunk – This song has a cocky confidence (fitting for the title) that alternates acapella one-liners with heavy guitar. Speaking of guitar, this one has a solo that I like, set above a background reminiscent of ZZ Top. Then the chorus breaks into repentant and classically nasal Petty vocals… if it seems like there is a lot going on here, it’s for good reason.
- Forgotten Man – Another example of the best, most rocking songs on the album. I can totally see this as a Patty Smith performance piece, with her arms up, feet dancing and voice booming. That’s probably why I like it so much – I was singing along in the car with my imitation Patty voice!
- Sins Of My Youth – This track is in a haunting, minor key, causing you to wonder what exactly ARE the numbered and varied sins of T.P.’s youth? Not too slow, not too miserable, yet not really one of my favorites.
- U Get Me High – Here is kind of an 80s rock song à la Sonic Youth mixed with Teenage Fanclub, if that makes any sense. Power rock chords on the chorus, drug reference in the title, and there you have it.
- Burnt Out Town – Yet another that is just not my favorite kind of music; it annoys me with the repetitive chorus and that bluesy, George Thorogood-esque style. If you want to tap your foot, slowly shake your head, and be inspired to do a harmonica solo on the break, then you might enjoy playing this one with your friends.
- Shadow People – I had to look this up, because I was convinced I had heard of a Joni Mitchell song called this (or something similar)… nope! Not a cover. Just Petty Poetry. And his voice is starting to sound a little like (aging) Bob Dylan here, too! A fitting song to finish up the album.