Hypnotic Eye is the latest release from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the first album from the band in four years. This marks their 13th studio album, and punches out some great rock & roll by this veteran artist. Petty says "We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time." I say, about time!
For surround sound and hi-res fans, this album is very much like their 2010 Mojo Blu-ray release, to be clear, I am not referring to the style of music but the audio quality and mixes. A high resolution 24bit / 48kHz PCM stereo mix is available, along with a DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. Simply put, this is an extremely well recorded album with generous headroom, plenty of air and room ambiance. While the predominant energy emanates from the front two channels, there is an extremely live feel with guitars, cymbals, and vocals slapping off the rear channels. Subtle second guitars and keyboards fall behind the listeners, and the overall balance is incredibly well orchestrated. Hypnotic Eye continues the tradition of amazing sounding records from Tom Petty, and best heard in a high resolution format.
But don't take my word for it, read this interview with Producer and Engineer Ryan Ulyate by writer Mike Mettler on his Hi Res Audio Central site. Damn the Two Channels. And while you are there, get the lowdown on Why He Loves Mixing in Hi-Res
On this disc, you'll get 11 mostly high energy rockin' songs clocking in at just over 44 minutes. Topping the charts when released, this is a great collection of material that is likely to put a spark into your day. Strongly recommended for fans of good old Rock 'n' Roll, listeners who love the raw energy of amazing bar bands, and critical listeners seeking incredibly high quality audio recordings, especially exhilarating for surround sound enthusiasts.
Blu-Ray Audio with stereo and 5.1, also available on Vinyl.
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