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The completist is a user-friendly discussion of the music that has shaped pop culture – new and old (though mostly old-ish). Most episodes focus on an album or artist, examining the themes, sounds and styles filtered through M.D. and Kyle’s unique backgrounds – from history and theology to film and guitar pedals. Intended more as a celebration than a strict analysis, the completist seeks to deepen our connection to music – encouraging active listening over passive music consumption. // completistpodcast.com //
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ep. 012 -- Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
ep. 012 -- Analyzing Tom Petty's solo album Full Moon Fever (1989)
Tom Petty is best known alongside his backing band The Heartbreakers. But in 1989 in between tours, Petty struck out and crafted what turned into a solo record. Featuring the hits "I Won't Back Down," "Freefallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream," Full Moon Fever exemplifies everything someone might want from a Tom Petty album: crisp songwriting, catchy riffs, 12-string flourishes and enough Americana to go around. Surprisingly, the studio nearly didn't release it!
What makes Full Moon Fever an album worth discussing? M.D. and Kyle dig into the dynamics of the guitar sounds to 60s pop to Jeff Lynne's influence (ELO) to relational themes and even notes of a potential mid-life crisis. Mike Campbell's involvement helps further blur the lines between band effort and solo effort but there's no denying the power of Petty. This is what great American rock music sounds like.
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