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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers get rockin’ in Hypnotic Eye

Tom Petty

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"I knew I wanted to do a rock 'n' roll record," Tom Petty told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time."

And so, Petty & the Heartbreakers are in Damn the Torpedoes mode, both literally and figuratively. Hypnotic Eye, the band's 13th studio effort, does indeed rock, just as the sleepy-eyed Floridian had intended. Tracks include Fault Lines, a potent psychedelic tango and geological metaphor, and Power Drunk, a two-fisted blues about redemption. U Get Me High is a bristling power-chord workout, and All You Can Carry hammers a riff in the best Joe Walsh ways.

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Album opener American Dream Plan B is a desert-rocking boogie with the spunk of old-time protest folk – "I got a dream, I'm gonna fight till I get it." At 63-years-old, Petty still won't back down.

A tour in support of Hypnotic Eye kicks off in San Diego on Aug. 3. Canadian dates include August stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. Also revealed in Rolling Stone were details regarding a reissue of 1994's Wildflowers album and possible new live disc, recorded during Petty and the Heartbreakers' theatre residencies in New York and L.A. in 2013.

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More

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