21 Songs, 1 Hour 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sleek yet spiky, INXS built their sound around glistening synthesizers, rapier guitar jabs and bursts of angular sax. Most of all, this Australian combo was defined by the late Michael Hutchence’s insinuating, dark-edged vocals. INXS sometimes aimed too wildly in their mid-to-late ‘80s heyday, but this best-of collection shows how good they were when they hit their targets. The band established itself with slick, hard-slamming numbers like “The One Thing” and “Original Sin,” then deepened its gravitas with such brooding, atmospheric tunes as “Listen Like Thieves.” Hutchence began to master his commanding lower range, bringing an ominous gospel-like fervor to “What You Need” and “Never Tear Us Apart.” “Devil Inside” recalls Jim Morrison in his shamanic phase, while “Suicide Blonde” invited comparisons with Roxy Music at their funkiest. After the hits began to dwindle, INXS rode out a mid-‘90s slump, then endured the tragic loss of Hutchence in 1997 before recruiting new frontman J.D. Fortune through a televised audition. Now that the hype and heartache swirling around this star-crossed band has passed, what remains is a visceral, revelatory body of work, the best of which is gathered here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sleek yet spiky, INXS built their sound around glistening synthesizers, rapier guitar jabs and bursts of angular sax. Most of all, this Australian combo was defined by the late Michael Hutchence’s insinuating, dark-edged vocals. INXS sometimes aimed too wildly in their mid-to-late ‘80s heyday, but this best-of collection shows how good they were when they hit their targets. The band established itself with slick, hard-slamming numbers like “The One Thing” and “Original Sin,” then deepened its gravitas with such brooding, atmospheric tunes as “Listen Like Thieves.” Hutchence began to master his commanding lower range, bringing an ominous gospel-like fervor to “What You Need” and “Never Tear Us Apart.” “Devil Inside” recalls Jim Morrison in his shamanic phase, while “Suicide Blonde” invited comparisons with Roxy Music at their funkiest. After the hits began to dwindle, INXS rode out a mid-‘90s slump, then endured the tragic loss of Hutchence in 1997 before recruiting new frontman J.D. Fortune through a televised audition. Now that the hype and heartache swirling around this star-crossed band has passed, what remains is a visceral, revelatory body of work, the best of which is gathered here.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
31 Ratings
31 Ratings
huckypeep3 ,

A favorite

This album will always be one of my all time favorites. I know all the words.

Quihuis ,

Great!!!!!!

If your into 80’s music this is a must have! Or, if you just love good music that u can relate to or understand unlike a lot of the new music now, this is a solid greatest hits

Love INXS Forever! ,

INXS, The BEST Forever!!!

Absolutely love INXS! This album is awesome!! Their songs are still the best and I am still discovering more that I love now, that I didn’t listen to in the 80s and 90s. Andrew Farris is a musical genius and Michael Hutchence wrote the best lyrics, and of course sang them with the sexiest voice! Let’s not forget the rest of the boys with their musical talent that made it all possible as well, together they made it happen as a team! Love to watch their show live at Wembley!

Note: I would like to buy “Elegantly Wasted” without buying that one particular album...I already have most of those songs. iTunes Please release it for us to purchase. I would love to be able to listen to the sexy sounds of Michael Hutchence’s sexy voice in his last song please. That would be so awesome!!

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