Listening to this CD for the first time in years, it sounds MUCH better than its classic predecessor. Released only two years later, it doesn't sound nearly as dated as the debut. There isn't a bad song, and nine of ten are really good. You won't find an anthem like American Girl or Refugee, just great straight-ahead rock. For my money, this album has aged better than the more-popular debut, and as others have noted here, the characteristic sound of the next few albums begins to emerge on this one. It's pure listening pleasure from start to finish - every song 3 minutes of good hooks and harmonies and lyrics about the one thing in life that always used to matter most - women. Songs like Hurt and No Second Thoughts are just as good as the more-familiar I Need to Know and Listen to Her Heart.
I originally bought this album for the sake of completeness, having only heard "I Need to Know", and was shocked it turned out to be of such high quality. I can't say why these songs weren't played more on the radio or by TP et al. in concert, but I have to admit there is a forgettable quality to them. I didn't remember any except the radio hits, and I remember every song on other Tom Petty albums I'd consider much less well done. Maybe this is rock junk food - delicious guilty little pleasures you forget a half hour later. But what a great half hour! Like the first reviewer here, I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point for anyone, but I think it's a must-have for those who love Damn the Torpedoes or the early TP/Heartbreakers sound in general. One star off for not being up there with Damn the Torpedoes or Hard Promises, not for anything actually wrong with the CD - it really doesn't have a bad moment.