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2017 reissue on 180grm LP- 1987 Pop-Rock Blockbuster A Seamless Fusion of Dance Beats, Sleek Riffs, Soaring Hooks, and Horn-Fueled R&B. Spawned Four Top Hits: “Need You Tonight,” “Devil Inside,” “New Sensation,” “Never Tear Us Apart” Are Pop Genius
Release date: 16-11-2017(Originally released in 1987)
2017 reissue on 45RPM 180grm at Halfspeed 2LP- 1987 Pop-Rock Blockbuster A Seamless Fusion of Dance Beats, Sleek Riffs, Soaring Hooks, and Horn-Fueled R&B. Spawned Four Top 5 Hits: “Need You Tonight,” “Devil Inside,” “New Sensation,” “Never Tear Us Apart” Are Pop Genius
A1 Guns In The Sky
A2 New Sensation
A3 Devil Inside
A6 The Loved One
B1 Wild Life
B2 Never Tear Us Apart
B5 Calling All Nations
B6 Tiny Daggers
The last throes of Reagan’s presidency, big hair, carefree existence, the promise of a booming economy, preppy clothes, Nintendo 8-bit gaming systems, and MTV’s seemingly limitless reign: All happy memories conjured by INXS’ Kick, on the creative level of anything Madonna, Prince, or Michael Jackson recorded at the time. More than six million copies sold, four Top 5 singles, and still, nearly 25 years later, not one feeble moment, justify the 1987 record’s status as pure pop genius.
Anchored by the sensual purr of vocalist Michael Hutchence and frisky drumming (recorded in analog) of Jon Farriss, Kick taps into a hybrid style that freshly stays away from the era’s plastic, manufactured sounds and narrow-minded, vacant aesthetic. A seamless fusion of dance beats, sleek rock riffs, soaring hooks, horn-fueled R&B, and string-laden accents, the 12-track set is an irresistibly catchy and liquidly fluid sonic miasma that contains every single element a classic contemporary pop work requires.
Above all, every song boasts a different feel and distinctive pace, characteristics that aren’t forced but natural results of the collective’s chemistry. The sexy, breathy pop-funk “Need You Tonight” clicks with interlocking arrangements and murmured vocals. The atmospheric, synth-drum-punctuated “Meditate” hallucinates with stream-of-conscious vocals and percolating grooves. Well-placed pauses, hypnotic flanged guitar passages, and so-funky-you’ll-sweat saxophone breaks pepper the liberating rock smash “New Sensation.”
INXS also kicks out upbeat dance-inflected jams on the brassy skirt-swaying title track, syncopated “Calling All Nations,” and elsewhere, but doesn’t forget the importance of a bleeding-heart ballad. Hence, the devastatingly moving “Never Tear Us Apart,” the knifing strings and guitar twang proving dramatic, direct, and honest. The late 1980s produced a handful of more commercially successful pop records, but none is better than Kick.
Label: Mobiel Fidelity Sound Lab
Originally released: 1987
This release: 2011