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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Having seen their permanent replacement, J.D. Fortune, recently fall off the rails, some might say it was time the INXS name was laid to rest. But six years after the largely ignored Switch, the Farriss brothers and co. are back with Original Sin, a star-studded tribute record featuring 12 new interpretations of some of their biggest hits. Depending on your viewpoint, the whole concept could be seen as a brave attempt to introduce some of their classic material to a new audience, or a lazy retread of former glories which cheapens the legacy of their late frontman Michael Hutchence. But whatever your stance on their post-1997 career, it's inarguably admirable just how much ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Having seen their permanent replacement, J.D. Fortune, recently fall off the rails, some might say it was time the INXS name was laid to rest. But six years after the largely ignored Switch, the Farriss brothers and co. are back with Original Sin, a star-studded tribute record featuring 12 new interpretations of some of their biggest hits. Depending on your viewpoint, the whole concept could be seen as a brave attempt to introduce some of their classic material to a new audience, or a lazy retread of former glories which cheapens the legacy of their late frontman Michael Hutchence. But whatever your stance on their post-1997 career, it's inarguably admirable just how much free reign each of the wildly eclectic collaborators are given to make these songs their own. Indeed, other than the straightforward rendition of closing number "The Stairs" (the only track to feature the aforementioned Fortune), and the impassioned, U2-esque treatment afforded to "Beautiful Girl" (featuring Train's Pat Monahan), the majority of the covers are virtually unrecognizable from the source material. This radical approach occasionally produces some surprisingly pleasing results. "Mediate," one of five tracks taken from their 1987 juggernaut Kick, is given an effectively claustrophobic makeover thanks to its warped basslines, crunching distorted guitars, and Tricky's hypnotic dark whisperings; bandmember Kirk Pengilly is unlikely to leave a dry eye in the house with his haunting and stripped-back choral reworking of early new wave single "Don't Change," and Argentine singer/songwriter Deborah DeCorral transforms the '80s funk of "New Sensation" into a gorgeous slice of understated country-blues. There are times, though, when the dream team lineup creates a nightmare. Ben Harper and Mylene Farmer's disjointed, bilingual duet "Never Tear Us Apart" is a cacophonous mess, which completely destroys the majesty of the original, French vocalist Loane and John Mayer turns the pounding piano-pop of "Mystify" into a self-indulgent slice of trippy space rock, while even Rob Thomas' best Hutchence impression can't save the misguided and formulaic, filtered, Gallic house retooling of the title track. The sole new composition, the meandering industrial electro opener "Drum Opera," indicates why the band seem so keen to revisit their past, but while Original Sin is likely to leave many hardened fans dismayed, there are a few encouraging moments which justify its addition to their cherished back catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 886977939822
  • Catalog Number: 7793982
  • Sales rank: 195,884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drum Opera - Jon Farriss (2:56)
  2. 2 Mediate - Tricky (4:07)
  3. 3 Original Sin - Rob Thomas (4:20)
  4. 4 Never Tear Us Apart - Ben Harper (3:57)
  5. 5 Beautiful Girl - Pat Monahan (4:08)
  6. 6 New Sensation - Deborah DeCorral (3:42)
  7. 7 Just Keep Walking - Dan Sultan (2:42)
  8. 8 Mystify (5:49)
  9. 9 To Look At You - Kav Temperley (3:59)
  10. 10 Kick - Nikka Costa (5:10)
  11. 11 Don't Change - Kirk Pengilly (4:15)
  12. 12 The Stairs - J.D. Fortune (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
INXS Primary Artist
Andrew Farriss Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Jon Farriss Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Tim Farriss Guitar, Group Member
Kirk Pengilly Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals, Group Member
Jimmy Khoury Guest Appearance
Martin Slattery Guest Appearance
Richard Flack Vocals
Nichol Thompson Guest Appearance
Dominic Glover Guest Appearance
Zac Baird Guest Appearance
Scott Wilson Guitar, Guest Appearance
Matt Corby Background Vocals
David Levitt Guest Appearance
Pedro Sanchez Guest Appearance
Melinda Appleby Vocals, Choir, Chorus
DJ Yaleidys Rap
Garry Beers Bass, Group Member
Yevette Riby-Williams Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Mark Edwards Arranger, Programming, Producer, Vocal Producer
Mylène Farmer Composer, Lyricist
Andrew Farriss Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Jon Farriss Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer, Guitar Producer, Additional Production
Tim Farriss Composer
Michael Hutchence Composer
Kirk Pengilly Composer
Justin Stanley Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Don Bartley Mastering
Jerome Devoise Vocal Engineer
Gerry O'Riordan Engineer
Richard Flack Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer, Guitar Producer
Matt Lovell Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Chad Franscoviak Engineer
Jaime Sickora Vocal Engineer
James Ash Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Pre-production Programming, Vocal Producer
Casey Bates Vocal Engineer
Doug Fenske Vocal Engineer
CM Murphy Liner Notes, Executive Producer
DJ Yaleidys Introduction
Garry Beers Composer
Philip Appleby Arranger, String Arrangements
Yaleidys Salazar Fernandez Composer, Lyricist
Tim Craw Artwork
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