New Petty and Clapton Today
Joe Levy, Billboard Editor, says that Petty's Hypnotic Eye, "is a more raw-sounding record than he's ever made...this is loud and fierce, the way he and The Heartbreakers sound live."
In USA Today, Petty said, "I wanted to go somewhere I haven't been. We used a lot of distortion and lots of old amplifiers and guitars and keyboard to find the right sonic textures. I had to wash the palette clean and mix up new paints."
Clapton's album, Eric Clapton and Friends "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale", is a tribute to Cale, who died last year. Petty joined Clapton on the album, as did Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler and John Mayer. Cale wrote "Cocaine" and "After Midnight", two of Clapton's biggest hit records.