December 25, 1989 12:00 PM

Tom Petty

On his first project without his Heartbreakers, the wiry, wily rocker refuses to let himself be pigeonholed. He rocks hard; he drifts through some misty ballads; he cracks wise on joke songs; he even covers an old Byrds’ tune. And he does it all while managing to sound oh so relaxed and natural.

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