Very rarely does the title of an album tell you everything you need to know. Tom Petty's third (only three??) solo album is entitled "Highway Companion" and it is certainly the type of album you would play while traveling long distances in your car. It has that sound, tone and pacing. The sound is a mix between country and blues with that distinctive vocal of Tom Petty thrown in for good measure. Fans of Petty will be happy that he's back and his trademark guitar rock has remained. He is a master of simplicity in his music, but still making it compelling. Petty has stated that the album is about the passage of time (you only get these types of themes from 'older' artists) and his music is definitely not a bad way to pass the time.