Well it’s about time; after nearly 37 years, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have finally landed their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Hypnotic Eye reportedly moved 131,000 copies in its first week, making it Petty’s strongest debut since SoundScan started tracking sales numbers in 1991.
Petty’s band is not the first major artist who’s had to wait decades for a chart-topping record. According to Billboard, Tony Bennett holds the record at 54 years, the space between his 1957 album Tony and the crossover hit Duets II in 2011.
As for whether Hypnotic Eye is worth your time, Maura Johnston wrote the following in her Wondering Sound review:
The easy, bluesy feel of earlier Heartbreakers albums is still present, but on Hypnotic Eye it is sharpened to a fine point, with tracks like the chugging “Power Drunk” and the self-lacerating boogie “Fault Lines” serving as particular standouts … That discontent-fueled determination to keep pushing forward is why Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ new work remains so vital; they’ve survived the radio age and the video age, and are pushing into whatever era we’re in now.
Here is a playlist of selections from the record so you can weigh in as well….