Song of the Day #3,401: ‘Alright For Now’ – Tom Petty

[Continuing my countdown of favorite Tom Petty albums, in honor of the late, great musician.]

In my #2 spot is Tom Petty’s first, and best, solo album.

#2 – Full Moon Fever (1989)

Though I was familiar with several of Tom Petty’s singles with The Heartbreakers, Full Moon Fever was the first full-length album of his I owned. It was also one of the first CDs I purchased for myself as I transitioned to that new digital format.

This was Petty’s biggest commercial hit, going 5X platinum and placing five singles in the top five of Billboard’s Rock chart.

The album is front-loaded with those singles, the three #1 hits (‘Free Fallin’,’ ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and ‘Running Down a Dream’) showing up among the first five tracks. But for my money, the real gems show up on the record’s back half.

‘Yer So Bad,’ ‘The Apartment Song,’ ‘A Mind With a Heart of Its Own’ and the Byrd’s cover ‘Feel a Whole Lot Better’ are off-kilter treasures, mixing rockabilly and pop with Petty’s signature rock-n-roll. Today’s SOTD, ‘Alright For Now’ is not just an unexpected ballad, but a straight up lullaby.

Big hits, big hooks, delightful surprises. Full Moon Fever is not just the most accessible album in Petty’s catalog but the most fun.

Goodnight baby, sleep tight my love
May God watch over you from above
Tomorrow I’m working what would I do
I’d be lost and lonely if not for you

So close your eyes
We’re alright for now

I’ve spent my life traveling
I’ve spent my life free
I could not repay all you’ve done for me

So sleep tight baby
Unfurrow your brow
And know I love you
We’re alright for now
We’re alright for now

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,401: ‘Alright For Now’ – Tom Petty

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    No disagreement here. Full Moon Fever is a great album.

  2. Amy says:

    This would be my #1 for all the reasons you mention. It was also one of my early CD purchases, and I still love his interlude where he allows time for those with an album to turn it over. Thank you,here’s side B. I loved explaining that to the kids when they were little. What an album!

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