Mojo (album)

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Mojo
Studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Released June 15, 2010
Recorded April 28, 2009 – January 11, 2010 at The Clubhouse, Los Angeles, California
Genre Heartland rock, blues rock
Length 64:58
Label Reprise
Producer Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Ryan Ulyate
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
The Live Anthology
(2009)
Mojo
(2010)
Mojo Tour 2010
(2010)

Mojo is the 12th studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released on June 15, 2010 on CD and June 29 on BD.[1][2] It is Petty's first album with the Heartbreakers in eight years.[3] Mojo debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 125,000 copies in its first week of release.[4] The album is also the band's first full album with bassist Ron Blair since 1981's Hard Promises, as he only played on two tracks on the previous Heartbreakers album, The Last DJ.

Recording[edit]

In November 2009, Petty told Rolling Stone's David Fricke that it was his intention to record the album live in the studio without overdubs.[5]

He said of the album's tone, "It's blues-based. Some of the tunes are longer, more jammy kind of music. A couple of tracks really sound like the Allman Brothers — not the songs but the atmosphere of the band."[5]

Promotion and release[edit]

The band began streaming a song from the album, "Good Enough", on their website on February 24, 2010. "First Flash of Freedom" is now streaming on the website.[6] Videos for "Jefferson Jericho Blues," "First Flash of Freedom," "I Should Have Known It," "Something Good Coming," and "Good Enough" have been posted on the band's YouTube channel.[7]

Tom Petty has also released five of the songs prior to his upcoming Mojo tour via his YouTube account,[8] the first of which was the single "Good Enough", released on March 4, 2010.[9] The songs released as of June 10, 2010 are, in order of release:

  1. "Good Enough"[9]
  2. "First Flash of Freedom"[10]
  3. "I Should Have Known It" [Official Video][11]
  4. "Something Good Coming" [Official Video][12]
  5. "Jefferson Jericho Blues" [Official Video][13]

The last three of the songs were clean, non-overdubbed songs filmed in his new studio, as he expressed in a roughly twelve-minute "Mojo Documentary".[14] He notes that he has had the studio for "eight or nine years", which dates back approximately to before the recordings of his last studio album with the Heartbreakers, The Last DJ.[14]

In addition to his YouTube account, Mojo's tracklist was made available via an article on one of ESPN's websites, on June 8, 2010. The article goes into very brief detail of the tour and of the songs. Most of the songs were made available on the website through a "Streampad" music player, at least until the album was officially released.[15]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100) [16]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [17]
The A.V. Club B− [18]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars [19]
Entertainment Weekly B [20]
The Guardian 2/5 stars [21]
Now 2/5 stars [22]
Paste (8/10) [23]
PopMatters 8/10 stars [24]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [25]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars [26]
Hipersonica 9.5/10 stars [27]

The album so far has a score of 72 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[16] ChartAttack gave it a score of 2.5 out of five and said it was "an incredible disappointment" and "a record destined to be a cult hit 10 years from now, recognized as the band's most expansive and sonically adventurous disc. But expectations for Petty and his band are incredibly high, and from a contemporary standpoint, it comes off as lacking memorable hooks and choruses, something we all expect these guys to pull off in their sleep."[28] The Independent, however, gave it all five stars and said "it's one of their very best efforts, as ought to be the case when a band plugs into the potency of raw R'n'B spirit. [...] It's such a perfect alliance of sentiment and setting that Muddy himself might have penned it."[29] The Globe and Mail gave it three out of four stars and said, "The carefree Petty, at this stage of the game, isn't worried about hits. Like Big Bill Broonzy and others, he's found the key to the highway, and he's billed out and bound to go."[30] Uncut gave it three out of five stars and said, "Unfortunately, and rather ironically, Mojo is ultimately undone by the very virtuosity of its creators: the band stumbles repeatedly into that musician's trap of making music that sounds intended principally to impress other musicians."[16][31]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tom Petty, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Jefferson Jericho Blues"   3:24
2. "First Flash of Freedom" (Petty, Mike Campbell) 6:53
3. "Running Man's Bible"   6:02
4. "The Trip to Pirate's Cove"   5:00
5. "Candy"   4:12
6. "No Reason to Cry"   3:04
7. "I Should Have Known It" (Petty, Campbell) 3:36
8. "U.S. 41"   3:01
9. "Takin' My Time"   4:21
10. "Let Yourself Go"   3:23
11. "Don't Pull Me Over"   4:05
12. "Lover's Touch"   4:24
13. "High In the Morning"   3:36
14. "Something Good Coming"   4:11
15. "Good Enough" (Petty, Campbell) 5:57
16. "Little Girl Blues" (iTunes Bonus Track) 3:08
17. "Mystery of Love" (Outtake, not finished in time) 3:56
Total length:
1:07:57

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[32] 42
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[33] 59
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[34] 47
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[35] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[36] 60
French Albums (SNEP)[37] 139
German Albums (Official Top 100)[38] 12
Greek Albums (IFPI)[39] 25
Irish Albums (IRMA)[40] 28
Italian Albums (FIMI)[41] 53
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[42] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[43] 9
Scottish Albums (OCC)[44] 27
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[45] 40
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[46] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[47] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[48] 38
US Billboard 200[49] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[50] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[51] 99

References[edit]

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