Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Mojo


2.5
average

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mojo may have been successful had it been released in 1960, but at the current time is a monotonous collection of songs that appear to be behind the times.

To be frank, age is taking its toll on our favorite throwback musicians, an unavoidable facet that more often than not, should end careers. With very few exceptions, our classic heroes have been out harming their reputations rather than quitting whilst at the peak of their profession. The Rolling Stones have been well out of their prime for decades, not to mention Mick Jagger looks more and more like a walking corpse every day out on the stage. Even the Who yielded mixed results to say the least with their performance at this year’s Super Bowl, missing two indispensible band members and the youthful energy that so adamantly defined them. I’m not saying Tom Petty applies directly to this; he and the Heartbreakers have not really been a commodity for some time, with the release of only The Last DJ in the past decade. Petty’s work with the Heartbreakers has traditionally been some of his strongest material in both a commercial and objective sense, yielding such albums as Full Moon Fever and the self-titled debut. Unfortunately for Petty and crew, those albums were released a long time ago, and age has been taking its toll.

Mojo is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ flirtation with blues music; a 64-minute, 15-track release littered with Stevie Ray Vaughn-esque leads and a laid-back atmosphere. Lead guitarist Mike Campbell is the saving grace of the record; his presence is undoubtedly the most formidable and significant of any other member of the group. The aforementioned statement is clarified within the opening seconds of “Jefferson Jericho Blues,” a 50’s throwback piece driven by both guitars and harmonica. The music is notable in that it is cohesively crafted, if only for the fact that the band demonstrates tremendous chemistry. This does not save the record however, for Petty’s vocals prove to be one of the several pitfalls of Mojo, revealing an aged and unexciting front man to say the least. It is as though Petty had opted to go through the motions rather than pour his heart and soul into the record, which is not the type of thing that flies after an eight year absence. The issue of the vocals is only aggravated by clichéd and incredibly generic songwriting, which can be drawn directly from “Don’t Pull Me Over.” Lazy, labored, and poorly executed, “Don’t Pull Me Over” is actually a standout in that the song horribly redundant. “Don’t pull me over, Mr. Policeman.”

Mojo may have been successful had it been released in 1960, but at the current time is a monotonous collection of songs that appear to be behind the times. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are quick to establish a consistent and solid musical foundation with their 2010 release, but are unable to develop anything compelling enough to hold interest. Mojo is so excruciatingly dull that it actually plays much longer than the hour runtime, with few highlights to alleviate your tedium.



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EVedder27
June 23rd 2010


6088 Comments


oh look, a review that isn't CTTS

AnotherBrick
June 23rd 2010


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWEJPqJtZsk sound familiar? (jefferson jericho blues)

EVedder27
June 23rd 2010


6088 Comments


damnn good catch

Blindsided
June 23rd 2010


1871 Comments


Good review, probably won't bother with this but I am upset that I did pass up on seeing these guys last night.

EVedder27
June 23rd 2010


6088 Comments


thanks Joe, I passed on Thrice (well no one could go with me) last night so I feel your pain

AnotherBrick
June 23rd 2010


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

...i wish good bands came here

SeaAnemone
June 23rd 2010


20321 Comments


nice review, it's a shame stuff like this is inevitably gonna get gobbled up by the controversy down there v... gettin close to 100!

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

EVedder27
June 23rd 2010


6088 Comments


thanks Eric, I wish I could skip my next few to get to 100 now. Seems like its been taking forever to get there

Ponton
Emeritus
June 23rd 2010


5793 Comments


paragraph 1 is just full of yes!



AnotherBrick
June 23rd 2010


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

doesnt bother me if they keep making albums, but if i go see them live they better play their fucking hits. i gotta say, Rush has been the most consistent band that i can think of

EVedder27
June 23rd 2010


6088 Comments


thanks jared.

Agreed Brick to an extent, although I feel like if a band doesn't have much left to record they should stop making albums and just tour. That way they are playing old stuff (aka good stuff).

Ponton
Emeritus
June 23rd 2010


5793 Comments


Some may disagree with me, but I'm really glad lep zep didn't get back together (recording) for the same reason

AnotherBrick
June 23rd 2010


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

same here. although i woulda loved to see them, even without bonham

Satellite
June 24th 2010


20816 Comments


Good review as usual Mike. I grew up on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but I don't really have any interest in hearing this.

BigHans
June 24th 2010


26454 Comments


Good job, only listened to part of this. It seemed to be played well, but a tad boring.

mvdu
June 24th 2010


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Deserves higher than 2.5. The first half has quite a few great blues riffs, and "First Flash Of Freedom" is one of their best ballads. It was the second half that dragged at times, with a lot of instrumental parts but not enough direction. 3/5.

EVedder27
June 24th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks all.

mvdu, a 2.5 is pretty close to a 3

CrazyFool84
June 25th 2010


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Glad there's a review up for this one. Pretty disappointing record, but there are a couple tunes that are pretty stellar. I thought for brief periods I was gonna get into the whole blues thing they had going on, but it just wouldn't stick. I'd throw this thing a 2.8/5 (if such things were possible)

mvdu
June 25th 2010


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

To me, 2.5 makes a difference both visually and in quality. Because with a 3, you are saying it is a "good" record instead of an "average" one.

AnotherBrick
June 28th 2010


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ohhh so thats how the rating system works



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