Petty - The Last DJ
Best Rock Album
Album of the Year
The following was originally published in our Killer CD's section.
Review by antiGUY
Tom Petty has always been somewhat of a
rebel, trends have come and gone and he has stuck to his guns through it
all. Now Tom is sticking it to the music industry, one he has witness going
through major changes over the span of his career.
With “The Last DJ” Tom Petty once again
marches to the beat of his own drummer and this time bites the hand that
feeds him. Hurrah for Tom Petty!
Musically, this album is classic Petty;
it’s rock with bluesy undercurrents, a bit of Dylan in the vocals. The
real story here is the album concept as Petty doesn’t leave one stone unturned
as he blasts the industry he is a part of, but Petty has always tried to
buck the system a bit and “The Last DJ” is just the crystallization of
The title track takes aim at radio stations
being owned by large corporations (Clear Channel anyone?) and how much
radio has changed from the days when DJ's broke new music and really
spearheaded the rise of rock to now DJ's are merely puppets having their
strings pulled by their corporate sponsors.
The suits that try to control the music
business from the corporate boardrooms are the major target of disdain
here. Whether it is major tours being sponsored by large corporations (Neil
Young spoke against this, over a decade ago) or musical direction being
plotted by accountants and pollsters instead of musicians, Petty takes
years of built up anger over how the business has gone from bad when he
began his career to far worst than anyone could have even imagined three
The irony of it all is this album was released
by a major label, how Petty pulled that off I would like to know but that
just goes to show you that Tom Petty is able to get away with what most
people in the music business only wish they could.
Take the message away and you still have
a very solid rock album from Petty, that is actually his strongest effort
since “Wildflowers”. Petty fans should be pleased with “The Last
DJ” and younger music fans should take note, if you haven’t heard Tom Petty
then this CD is an awesome introduction. Hats off to Tom for
telling as he sees it, damn the repercussions! We have another reason to
not only love Tom’s music but to respect the man behind it.
Keep Giving em’ hell!
Petty - The Last DJ
The Last DJ
Money Becomes King
When A Kid Goes Bad
Like A Diamond
You And Me
The Man Who Loves Women
Have Love, Will Travel
Can't Stop The Sun
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