35 years of rocking out, yet Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are still running down a dream. Tom Petty is arguably the best singer/songwriter of all time and has a very successful solo career as well. For this album, he teamed back up with The Hearbreakers and released another classic album, “Mojo”.
Sadly, it was beat out by Muse’s “The Resistance” for the Grammys “Best Rock Album” of 2011, but the best bands almost never win grammys or are never even considered in my opinion, so I don’t give them much credibility anyways. “Mojo” is loaded with hits starting from “Jefferson Jericho Blues” to “Don’t Pull Me Over” along with every other song on the album.
A personal favorite of mine is “Running Man’s Bible”, which begins with great a great bluesy guitar riff and is topped off with genius lyrics. The words express a simple concept, which is “Staying Alive is a Running Man’s Bible”. I think he’s explaining how life is a process of learning from your experiences and you have to take that knowledge with you along the way. Everyone’s life is different, and what you learn along the way is your “Running Man’s Bible” He’s saying to write your own words. Somebody can’t write them for you. Simple lyrics with a broad and complex undermeaning. Classic Tom Petty! Overall, “Mojo” lives up to it’s name and is a very solid Tom Petty release!
RATING: 8.5 out of 10