Hypnotic Eye

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Hypnotic Eye
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)
RecordedAugust 9, 2011–January 24, 2014
Genre
Length44:35
LabelReprise/Warner Bros.
ProducerTom Petty, Mike Campbell, Ryan Ulyate
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Mojo
(2010)
Hypnotic Eye
(2014)
An American Treasure
(2018)
Singles from Hypnotic Eye
  1. "American Dream Plan B"
    Released: June 10, 2014
  2. "Red River"
    Released: June 10, 2014
  3. "U Get Me High"
    Released: June 10, 2014
  4. "Forgotten Man"
    Released: June 24, 2014
  5. "Fault Lines"
    Released: July 15, 2014
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Billboard85/100[3]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[4]
Exclaim!7/10[5]
The Observer4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters8/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
Spin7/10[9]
Uncut8/10[10]

Hypnotic Eye is the thirteenth and final studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released on July 29, 2014, by Reprise Records.[11][12] The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the only Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album ever to top the chart. Hypnotic Eye was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. It would turn out to be the band's last studio album released prior to Petty's death on October 2, 2017.

Production[edit]

The first sessions for the album occurred in August 2011 at the band's Los Angeles-based rehearsal space, the "Clubhouse," where the song "Burnt Out Town" was recorded. The album marks a stylistic return to the band's first two albums, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976) and You're Gonna Get It! (1978).[11]

Promotion[edit]

On June 10, 2014, the song "American Dream Plan B" was released as the lead single from the album, along with two additional tracks, "Red River" and "U Get Me High," from the band's website and digital stores.[13] A month later, a CD single with "American Dream Plan B" and "U Get Me High" and a coupon for $2 off the price of the album were released.[14]

The tracks "Forgotten Man" and "Fault Lines" were released for streaming by the band's website in early July 2014.[15] Additionally, all five tracks released in promotion of Hypnotic Eye were released on an "interactive radio" with a tuning dial that finds the tracks for listeners.[16]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 131,000 copies in the United States; to date, it is the only Tom Petty (solo or with the Heartbreakers) album to reach the top spot on the chart.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Petty, except "Fault Lines" by Petty and Mike Campbell. All songs arranged by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

No.TitleLength
1."American Dream Plan B"3:00
2."Fault Lines"4:28
3."Red River"3:59
4."Full Grown Boy"3:26
5."All You Can Carry"4:34
6."Power Drunk"4:39
7."Forgotten Man"2:48
8."Sins of My Youth"3:49
9."U Get Me High"4:11
10."Burnt Out Town"3:05
11."Shadow People"6:37
12."Playing Dumb" (Vinyl and Blu-ray bonus track)4:13
Total length:48:47

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 30
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 5
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 49
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[23] 36
Italian Albums (FIMI)[24] 68
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 7
US Billboard 200[29] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard 200[31] 70
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[32] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hypnotic Eye Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Album Reviews". AllMusic. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (July 29, 2014). "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (July 28, 2014). "Review: Tom Petty is Mr. Reliable again with 'Hypnotic Eye'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Côté, Thierry (July 25, 2014). "Album Review". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Woodcroft, Molloy (July 27, 2014). "Hypnotic Eye review – Tom Petty and company are impossible to dislike". The Observer. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Risch, Eric (July 28, 2014). "Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye". PopMatters. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  8. ^ Dolan, Jon (July 29, 2014). "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'Hypnotic Eye' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  9. ^ Soto, Alfred (July 29, 2014). "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Preserve Their Legacy on 'Hypnotic Eye'". Spin. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  10. ^ Anderson, Jason (September 2014). "Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye". Uncut. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Fricke, David (April 10, 2014). "Petty's Maximum Rock & Roll". Rolling Stone (1206): 20. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  12. ^ "New North American Tour Dates for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". Tom Petty. May 20, 2014. Archived from the original on May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  13. ^ "Listen to American Dream Plan B!". Tom Petty. June 8, 2014. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  14. ^ ""American Dream Plan B" and "U Get Me High" from the New Album Hypnotic Eye". Tom Petty. July 9, 2014. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  15. ^ DeRiso, Nick (July 16, 2014). "Hear Tom Petty's New 'Fault Lines' Track from 'Hypnotic Eye'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  16. ^ Grow, Kory (July 16, 2014). "Tom Petty Hides New Song 'Forgotten Man' on His Website". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  17. ^ "Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200; Eric Clapton Debuts Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  18. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye". Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Danishcharts.dk – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye". Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  22. ^ "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  23. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2014. 36. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  24. ^ "Artisti - Classifica settimanale WK 31 (dal 28-07-2014 al 03-08-2014)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  25. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye". Hung Medien.
  26. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye". Hung Medien.
  27. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye". Hung Medien.
  28. ^ "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  29. ^ "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  30. ^ "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  32. ^ "Top Rock Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard.

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