Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Echo (Warner) He never sounds too happy with his lot, Tom Petty. He might have one of the most consistently popular US bands of the last 20-odd years to fall back on but he remains excessively fond of depressing ditties about urban misery and girl trouble. Heartbreakers indeed. Such songs punctuate this collection with mawkish frequency, but it need not be like that. There are sufficient tunes at the heavier end of the scales to prove there is some meat in this sandwich, the Heartbreakers revving up often enough to prove their trademark 'LA freeway' style still operates well at full throttle. But there is little to match the verve of 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever, for example, which combined lyrical wit with muscular music. In patches, Petty sounds more than ever like his old mate Bob Dylan, but without the irony or insight. Significantly, both did some of their best recent work as part of the now-defunct Traveling Wilburys, where they benefited from a wider range of ideas than just their own. So perhaps the old formulae are wearing thin, the old voices echoing away . . .