Music : Rock : Lossless
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab - Original Master Recording
This record often amuses me when I'm not even listening to it, because songs like "Century City" and "Louisiana Rain" are unbelieveably catchy, and stick in my head. Actually, "Louisiana Rain" is one of my favorite Tom Petty songs, and that's saying a lot because I don't really like twangy music, and that tune is very heavy on twang (for a rock act.) But Damn the Torpedoes exhibits fine songwriting and strong lyrics in many areas, one of which is the classic "Rufugee", with which the Heartbreakers open this collection.
I usually feel as though I'm listening to a cross between humor and musically-expressed social fatigue when this CD is playing, and sometimes the fatigue outweighs the humor in overall quality. Lyrics like "You're the last woman in the world who thrills me/now you've got my girlfriend tryin' to kill me/all of my friends think that I've gone crazy/can't you figure out that you aint my baby" are only funny the first time. Having been filtered through what was left of the seventies when Torpedoes was cut, the eighties, and the nineties, to today, something gets lost in the translation of Petty's ironic punchlines.
Another problem with Torpedoes is the song "Don't Do Me Like That", which I suppose would have to be Petty's most annoying song ever. But fortunately this is balanced by the lush singing and flowing guitars of "Here Comes My Girl", which I suppose would have to be Petty's signature sound honed to a perfect edge.
By the time the beautifully tired "Louisiana Rain" slams to a close, I'm left satisfied, but wishing that the strength of the song could have permeated every second of Damn the Torpedoes, instead of only several moments here and there. Altogether, this isn't a bad album, and deserves a spot in any rock addict's collection. But there's better Petty out there, and so Damn the Torpedoes is never enough for me.
By FallsAngel "thegoldenageofgrotesque"
1 Refugee.flac 21.15
2 Here Comes My Girl.flac
3 Even The Losers.flac
4 Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid).flac
5 Century City.flac
6 Don't Do Me Like That.flac
7 You Tell Me.flac
8 What Are You Doin' In My Life?
9 Louisiana Rain.flac