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Kick
     

Kick

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by INXS
 

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"What You Need" had taken INXS from college radio into the American Top Five, but there was little indication that the group would follow it with a multi-platinum blockbuster like Kick. Where the follow-ups to "What You Need" made barely a ripple on the pop charts, Kick spun off four Top Ten singles, including the band's only

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"What You Need" had taken INXS from college radio into the American Top Five, but there was little indication that the group would follow it with a multi-platinum blockbuster like Kick. Where the follow-ups to "What You Need" made barely a ripple on the pop charts, Kick spun off four Top Ten singles, including the band's only American number one, "Need You Tonight." Kick crystallized all of the band's influences -- Stones-y rock & roll, pop, funk, contemporary dance-pop -- into a cool, stylish dance
ock hybrid. It was perfectly suited to lead singer Michael Hutchence's feline sexuality, which certainly didn't hurt the band's already inventive videos. But it wasn't just image that provided their breakthrough. For the first (and really only) time, INXS made a consistently solid album that had no weak moments from top to bottom. More than that, really, Kick is an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try. Every track has at least a subtly different feel from what came before it; INXS freely incorporates tense guitar riffs, rock & roll anthems, swing-tinged pop
ock, string-laden balladry, danceable pop-funk, horn-driven '60s soul, '80s R&B, and even a bit of the new wave-ish sound they'd started out with. More to the point, every song is catchy and memorable, branded with indelible hooks. Even without the band's sense of style, the flawless songcraft is intoxicating, and it's what makes Kick one of the best mainstream pop albums of the '80s.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678179624
catalogNumber:
81796

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Kick 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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1986 saw INXS break into the US Top 5 with 'What you Need' taken from the Listen Like Thieves album. The follow up album had to be good to maintain the success and not consign INXS to the dreaded one-hit wonder catalogue. And it was. In fact, 1987's Kick made INXS the biggest band on the planet for a short time. Instantly accessable radio friendly dance rock, ('New Sensation', 'Devil Inside'), traditional, bluesy stadium rock,('Mystify', 'Kick'), a US number 1 in 'Need You Tonight' and one of the great rock ballads, the breathtaking 'Never Tear Us Apart'. Listening to Kick immediately brings you back to the late 80's. It's as if this album is a time capsule for that era. Some of the album tracks say nothing and this is where Kick loses marks but listen to the joyous cover of 'The Loved One' (which INXS previously covered less successfully in their indie days of 1981) and you hear six musicians chiming perfectly in a superb effort which far surpasses the original. If you like your rock big and bold, you NEED this album.