Did someone clone Tom Petty?
Just what we need a Tom Petty soundalike from Southern California. It's a pretty good rip-off of Petty, actually, but does the world really need two Tom Pettys?
Like all releases on Island Records, this is music with an overt political message but it's the same unimigantive lock-step Democratic Party message just about every "socially aware" artist hews to. A little originality would be nice.
The Petty image is pretty complete here a publicity shot of the band shows the members dressed in quasi-Southern/rural outfits trying their best to assume the look of a rebel. It's bad enough that bands from the South don't realize the Civil War is over; having a bunch of Southern Californians trying to assume the look is a bit much.
The songs are actually fairly good, in a Tom Petty sort of way. "Justice" is a solid rocker, and "Spanish Rebels has its moments." The musicianship is top-notch; Vaughn's singing A-1.
If one Tom Petty isn't enough for you, Robert Vaughn and the Shadows may be just what you're looking for.
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