Thursday, 20 November 2014

INXS Full Moon, Dirty Hearts Japan




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INXS is one of those rare bands who has proved their staying power album after album and tour after tour,With their tenth album, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, the band doesn't stray too far from the formula that has brought them fame and fortune throughout the world. Their combination of straightforward rock with an R&B flavor—not to mention lead singer Michael Hutchence's undeniable charisma —has brought the formerly struggling Australian band this far, so why mess with success? However, this is not to say that Full Moon, Dirty Hearts isn't a few solid steps forward —both musically and artistically. Tire album definitely rocks. This is perhaps due to the environment in which it was recorded, on the secluded Isle of Capri. Hutchence stated, "It was the kind of atmosphere that we hadn't had in a while—all of us living together. It was very immediate. We could really get things done." Get things done indeed. With the exception of a couple songs ("Freedom Deep" and "Kill the Pain"), INXS get back to their raucous roots on their new album and deliver the highenergy sound, combined with skillful production, that gives the album an extra kick that was missing from their earlier releases, particularly 1990s X. Full Moons, Dirty Hearts is full of great songs, but things really come together on "Please (You Got That...)," a funky duet with Ray Charles. Hutchence and Charles get so down and dirty on this one that the testosterone is almost visible. Other standouts include "Make Your Peace," a radiofriendly track with addictive hooks, and "Viking Juice," which capitalizes on Hutchence's cool and haunting voice that was just made for the spoken word. "The Messenger" is another winner, and as keyboardist Andrew Farriss commented, "was done under reasonably salubrious circumstances in Michael's house." The result is an album that showcases the group's individual strengths. Bassist Garry Beers and drummer Jon Farriss combine to provide the pounding backbeats that power every song, while Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Andrew Farriss shine as well (although Kirk Pengilly's saxophone talents could have been displayed to a greater extent). On Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, INXS comes full circle, retaining the roughness of their humble beginnings, while taking advantage of the production resources now available to them. This is nowhere better stated than on the track "The Messenger," where Hutchence declares, "Look around/ Give your eyes a new adventure/ What we see/Is a mix of past and future." INXS

3 comments:

Iano1 said...

This album did have a few goods tracks on it but it didn't meet my high expectations from the previous album. On any other day this would have been a great album. For me, the highlight album is Welcome..... Every track a gem and still sounds fresh today. I don't think this album and future ones did as well either.

Iano1 said...

Oh you've done Laid already!! How bout a Charlatans album then?

Aid00 said...

I Agree That Welcome Is There Best Album,But I Think Full Moon Is A Good Solid Album & Always A Good Listen

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