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Southern Accents by Tom Petty
Released: Jun 1985
Label: Geffen
Petty's navigation through the sea of '80s cheese is charted on Southern Accents, a record holding hits like "Rebels" and "Don't Come Around Here No More." Certainly, the weepy synths, stabbing horns and psyche-soaked vocals break from the Heartbreakers' typical guitar rock. But there's plenty of ambition in the record's theme -- an exploration of the modern South that, in its quiet moments, seems an homage to Neil Young. If the production hasn't aged perfectly, at least the conflicted narratives are redemptive.
Nate Cavalieri
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