• Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2018
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Oct 12, 2018
    90
    This box set will hold up well as time continues to tick forward, with plenty of fresh meat on its comfortable old bones.
  2. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 2, 2018
    90
    This is no hasty cash-in. The music is exemplary: rock'n'roll, southern gothic, serious stuff and downright fun tunes. ... There are 63 examples of Petty's art in total and they illustrate that his range was far wider than some think. [Oct 2018, p.92]
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    90
    This box winds up as a fitting tribute to a rocker whose touch was so casual, he could be easy to take for granted, but when his work is looked at as a whole, he seems like a giant.
  4. Oct 2, 2018
    90
    Altogether, An American Treasure is the perfect posthumous compilation for an artist that deserves a perfect posthumous compilation. It reminds you of the fire Petty started out with and the dignified songwriter he became, and how he never lost a step.
  5. Oct 5, 2018
    83
    Working mostly chronologically, this set flows so that you feel you’re riding alongside him.
  6. Uncut
    Oct 2, 2018
    80
    The best parts of An American Treasure are the snapshots of a less self-straitened Petty. [Nov 2018, p.48]
  7. Mojo
    Oct 2, 2018
    80
    Alternative views of some other well-known songs affirm Petty's fundamental strengths as a composer and the Heartbreakers' interpretive flexibility. [Oct 2018, p.98]
  8. Oct 2, 2018
    80
    Tom Petty inarguably was an American treasure, and this set offers a different valuation of what that means. Beyond the chart crushers, he was an even more thoughtful poet, precise in capturing life’s pleasures and acrimonies, and a perfectionist. When you cut away the stuff that’s already out there from the set, it makes you want to know more.

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