TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS / Southern Accents (1985)
I don't expect I’ll ever meet anyone that claims this is Petty’s best work but I don’t think it deserves to be overlooked as much as it is. It used the traditional Petty / Heartbreakers sound as a base and added some experimentalism to it. It’s not in your face, and it doesn't change the band’s sound too much, but it’s there and it speaks for itself. There are strings, a horn section, keyboards and even some sitar.
It's not an album that will grab you by the lapels on first listen, so give it some time before you decide if you like it or hate it. Expect some filler but nothing that offends the ears with blandness.