Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye – [Record 117]
Hypnotic Eye is the 13th studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released on July 29, 2014, by Reprise Records. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers album to ever top the chart.
1. American Dream Plan B.
2. Fault Lines.
3. Red River.
4. Full Grown Boy.
5. All You Can Carry.
6. Power Drunk.
7. Forgotten Man.
8. Sins of My Youth.
9. U Get Me High.
10. Burnt Out Town.
11. Shadow People.
12. Playin’ Dumb.
Production: The first sessions for the album occurred in August 2011 at the band’s Los Angeles-based rehearsal space, the “Clubhouse” where the song “Burn Out Town” was recorded. David Fricke of Rolling Stone reported the album will have eleven tracks, including “American Dream Plan B”, “Fault Lines”, “Red River”, “Silence”, and the final track “Shadow People”. The album is also set to mark a stylistic return to the band’s first two albums, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976) and You’re Gonna Get It! (1978).
Promotion: Previewing the album for David Fricke and Rolling Stone, Tom Petty “promised” the band would tour in support of the new album, following residencies at theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. This was confirmed when the band announced Hypnotic Eye in mid-May 2014. The Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2014 North American tour will take place between August 3 and October 10, and all tickets will include a copy of the new album.
On June 10, 2014, the song “American Dream Plan B” was released as the lead single from the album, along with two additional tracks, “Red River” and “U Get Me High”, from the band’s website and digital stores. A month later, a CD single with “American Dream Plan B” and “U Get Me High” and a coupon for $2 off the price of the album were released.
The tracks “Forgotten Man” and “Fault Lines” were released for streaming by the band’s website in early July 2014. Additionally, all five tracks released in promotion of Hypnotic Eye were released on an “interactive radio” with a tuning dial that finds the tracks for listeners.
Commercial performance: The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 131,000 copies in the United States.