Two boomer rockers put out new albums this week. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released Mojo, and Steve Miller’s Band came out with Bingo! According Denver Post music critic Jonathan Zwickel, that’s where the similarity ends.
Of Petty, Zwickel says
A loose, louche swagger dominates the album, jammier and less overtly pop than previous Petty.”
But he calls Miller’s new songs, “Cliche.” Actually, that’s the nicest thing he says about the new album. Miller is gonna need some ice for this burn:
But to offer an album of rehashed standards as your latest opus is the embarrassing sound of a 66-year-old man with nothing new to say who insists on speaking up anyway.
Petty and Miller have sold some 50 million records between them.
They’re beloved American musicians, and for good reason. Almost 40 years after their first hits, Petty makes a valid case for America’s continued fascination with the boomers’ legacy. Miller should’ve kept quiet and let that legacy speak for itself.
And seeing how we’ve never actually forgiven Miller for 1973’s The Joker (any rock song with lines like “I speak the pompetous of love” and “lovey dovey, lovey dovey, lovey dovey all the time” is just lame), we’re going to designate this little “barb” our Quote of the Week.
So sorry, space cowboy.