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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye'

10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye'

Four years after the release of their bluesy LP Mojo, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers returned this year with a more traditional rock album. "I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record," Petty told Rolling Stone earlier in the year. "We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time." Hypnotic Eye was recorded, off and on, during the previous three years. "You must get the songs," Petty said. "It takes time to write 10 or 11 really good songs." He finally felt it was ready for release this summer, and the band hit the road this summer where they mixed in killer new cuts like "American Dream Plan B" and "Fault Lines" with the classics.