Lyrical roots rock from up-and-coming Virginian singer-songwriter
We’ve had the new everyone else, so why not Tom Petty? The potent melodic rock of the third album from Ben Arthur packs a similar punch to Petty’s 1976 debut and, even if there’s nothing quite as catchy as “American Girl” , tracks like “Mary Ann”, “End Of The Day”and “Broken-Hearted Smile”are all vivid roots-rockers, as tight and muscular as the early Heartbreakers. A change of tone comes on the rustic stomp “Keep Me Around”, while “Tonight”, with its brooding lyric, is more traditional singer-songwriter fare. Hardly innovative, but rather fine in its modest way.