I've been meaning to write about this 1982 record for awhile. I feel it's pretty underrated in Petty's catalog and deserves a mention here. What motivated me to finally get to it was watching the documentary Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers (previously covered here [https://www.auditorymusings.
Released in 1994, this record is considered to be Tom Petty’s best, with or without the Heartbreakers (though almost all of the Heartbreakers played on “Wildflowers”). A heartland, singer-songwriter album dropping in the middle of the grunge/alt-rock craze was definitely a bold move that, in hindsight, worked out