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Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty
Released: Oct 1979
Label: Geffen
Often bandied about in "greatest record ever" conversations, Damn The Torpedoes might be the brightest jewel in Petty's crown. It's silly with singles, attitude-packed writing and lean musicality, from the opening "Refugee" to the Southern-touched finale, "Louisiana Rain." Here the band achieves a distinctive signature sound behind Petty's nasal snarl, lending chestnuts like "Even the Losers," "Here Comes My Girl" and "Don't Do Me Like That" an inimitable authority. Without a single misstep, this may well be Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the peak of their powers.
Nate Cavalieri
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