The results barely waver a fraction of a degree from his usual course, though surprisingly, given the film's nominal status as comedy, there appears less room than usual for the singer's wry sardonicism.
Stylistically, he still has a firm lock on Sixties folk-rock modes - the opener "Walls (Circus)" is a pleasant Byrdsy jangle, tempered by the dry fatalism of Petty's lyric and delivery, while the Dylanesque rocker "Zero From Outer Space" features Mike Campbell doing a creditable impression of Mike Bloomfield in his guitar break.
Outside that territory, the results are less impressive - "Climb That Hill" is an unthrilling grunge trudge which sits poorly round Petty's shoulders, and the ponderous menace of "Supernatural Radio" pointlessly tries to re-invent the wheel which Neil Young perfected long ago on Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
For all that, She's The One is a more appealing work than its predecessor, Wildflowers; the discipline of the project has focused Petty's attentions profitably on the thorny terrain of relationships, to which he brings a defiantly defeatist attitude, though not without a certain lugubrious charm.
Time and again, the choruses of these songs bear the bruises of failed love affairs - "She'll do anything... to make you feel like an asshole", "I hope you never fall in love with someone like you", and the more drastic "I changed the name of this town/ So you can't follow me down".
I have no idea what the film is about, but judging by the tone of the soundtrack, quite a few Kleenex could be mush before the obligatory happy ending.Reuse content