Tom Petty
Full Moon Fever


5.0
classic

Review

by BobJoHankins USER (1 Reviews)
June 13th, 2006 | 18 replies | 9,088 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


Full Moon Fever is probably Petty's best work. It deserves to stand next to the great albums of rock. You may not like it, but the songs crawl up on you and by the 3rd time listening you will never let them go. This album is very similar to the "Greatest Hits" album, because of the number of successful singles Full Moon Fever spawned. You will be able to play straight through this album instead of just coming for 1 song.

"Free Fallin" - Arguably the strongest song in the album. Tom and the backing guitarist (Jeff Lynne, for that song) play the same thing, a simple set of chords. The singing is easy, too. But somewhere in the notes and music something happened, and the result is a great, my personal favorite song of Petty's. 9.5 out of 10 (The single reached #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart)

"I Won't Back Down" - A great song, but it may take more than 1 listen for it to appeal to you. I'm not sure if I like it as much as I used to. (Also somehow reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1989. Probably not released at the same time as Free Fallin') 8.8 out of 10

"Love Is a Long Road" - This song is one of my favorites. Once you hear the chorus, you might like it. Tom Petty released it as a single, and reached #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks tracks. 9.0 out of 10

"A Face in The Crowd" - A fine example of a song that crawls on you. It will take some plays to see the beauty of this song. It reached #5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks, but I think the previous song should have done better.

"Running Down A Dream" - Yet another great song. It actually has a signature guitar riff, and is basically about following goals in a crazy life. It has a nice, long solo at the end of which has no available tabs. Also, a nice video for it on Google video. 9.2 out of 10. (Reached #1 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.)

Here is were Petty starts to wind down. After Running Down A Dream, there is a short message on the CDs from Petty.

"I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" - I keep thinking this is a Beatles at the very beginning. Turns out it's a Byrds cover. But it isn't good enough do deserve being covered. Sounds like an album-filler. (Reached #18 on Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks) 7.8 out of 10.

"Yer So Bad" Another key track of the album. Reached #5 on Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 9.0 out of 10

"Depending On You" - Barly above the rank of album-filler, plus being good. 8.5 out of 10

"The Apartment Song" - Another album filler. He expesses his lonelyness (Tom says "I just feeling lonely tonight" 4 times.) He should go get a backing band and call them the Heartbreakers, eh? 8.5 out of 10

"Alright For Now" - My least favorite song on this terrifc album. Acoustic mainly, nice how the two guitars go together. 7.5 out of 10

"A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own" - I really don't know about this song. Maybe I need to hear it more. Still, better than average. 8.3 out 10.

"Zombie Zoo" - A nice song Tom Petty seemed to save for the end. You need to hear this once fully through to like. 9.0 out 10.

This album is 5 star, and you don't need to skip any songs. Some may be lacking, but they are still good. Really, I give this album 4.8 out of 5.


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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2006


16088 Comments


I learned more about the music from the one reccomended artist than I did the second hald of the review...like SOP, good start though.

masada
June 13th 2006


2733 Comments


I used to have a reivew of this but I had it delete lol.

Good album. Nothing great, but it's enjoyable.

JohnXDoesn't
June 13th 2006


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this album. Pretty much an album of singles that sounds very uniform. Great production by Jeff Lynne, also. The album is a bit thin in it's second half, but I think that is only because of what has come before. Which is exceptional, IMO. Oh, and what Spat Out said.....yeah. Just because the album thins out, doesn't mean the review should, also....But I can tell your effort was earnest.

tom79
June 13th 2006


3372 Comments


I have this album, but never bought it. I remember all the singles, which were good, but don't remember the rest well. Myabe I will listen to it again.

And the review was decent for a first, but the end did kinda lack the detail from the beginning. good job though.

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BludgeonySteve
June 13th 2006


558 Comments


Holy chart toppers, Batman! This album is like half of his commercial career. However, his music isn't just limited to this album.

Good review. It was well written and informitive.

musicolic
June 13th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excellent review. Very good choice of words to describe a classic!

f_u_c_t
June 13th 2006


1406 Comments


I just dont think you can go wrong with this album.

AeroZeppelin1
June 14th 2006


142 Comments


great album, average review though, not bad but just average, but you got something going i think the latter of your review is really weak and you shot through it.

BobJoHankins
June 14th 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I raced through this one, I admit it. My next one, which is gonna be Damn The Torpedoes, is gonna be much better

Emfanyellobrkrd
June 14th 2006


120 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Free Fallin' is my favorite.

Emfanyellobrkrd
June 15th 2006


120 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What do you mean?

Emfanyellobrkrd
June 15th 2006


120 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh, forget it, I know what you meant.

Emfanyellobrkrd
June 15th 2006


120 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It didn't look like you raced through it; it was pretty goodThis Message Edited On 06.15.06

Dimes Make Dollars
June 15th 2006


241 Comments


"I Won't Back Down" is one of the best rock songs ever.

I pretty much agree with everybody else's opinion on this review, as far as you definitely run out of steam halfway through. I'm looking forward to the Damn the Torpedoes review, because that album is phenomenal.

nirvana_gate7
August 22nd 2006


19 Comments


All-time classic. if you are looking for hidden diamonds "Depending On You" is a magnificent song. Best song here for me: "Running Down A Dream"

MusicReviewer44
April 13th 2009


30 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You treat songs as if 7 out of 10 is bad. 7 = great. 8 = excellent. Get it?

megawill
December 2nd 2012


7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agree that this is Petty's best work. Free Falling is one of the best opening songs on any album ever.

Cygnatti
May 21st 2013


21352 Comments


I absolutely hate Free Fallin'. :/

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