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Elegantly Wasted

INXS Audio CD
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1. Show Me (Cherry Baby)
2. Elegantly Wasted
3. Everything
4. Don't Lose Your Head
5. Searching
6. I'm Just A Man
7. Girl On Fire
8. We Are Thrown Together
9. Shake The Tree
10. She Is Rising
11. Building Bridges

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Inxs ~ Elegantly Wasted

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3.0 out of 5 stars Funky riffs, smooth production fuel "Elegantly" June 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
By C.S.
"Elegantly Wasted" marks the Aussie groups fouth studio release since the mega- hit success of "Kick". Musically the band continues to create songs in a similar guitar driven manner they have taken since the 1986 "Listen Like Thieves" album where they began to strip down on the heavy dosage of synthesizers that had been so prevalent on their previous records,"Shabooh Shoobah" and "The Swing".
Many critics have contended that " 1992's Welcome To Wherever You Are" and 1993 -94 's "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts" were spotty records. They latter is certainly more accurate,though the highlights on "Full Moon" were very commendable efforts.
"Elegantly Wasted" if nothing else,is a beautiful exercise in production. Gone is Mark Opitz who produced many of INXS's efforts,including the aformentioned, and in is Bruce Fairbarn, aided by the legend of mastering,George Marino,who engineered the Led Zeppelin "Remasters",and Tom Lord Alge, a influental figure on numerous dance/ New Wave re -mixes and full length projects.
The sharp sound alone will entice one on frequent occassions to listen to "Elegantly".
In effect, this album attempts to take a few pit stops in different territories. There's old school R&B interjected into the synth bass led "Searching",with super fly guitar creeping up in the background and synth work that floats and transforms itself to church organ.
"Don't Lose Your Head" is a questionable attempt in the same direction where it seems that Hutchence is in a hurry to make a quick cameo and head to next destination.
That checkpoint lands on familar ground where the band delivers it's best shots in "The "Land of Funk", INXS style.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately Titled Final INXS Album Feb. 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
By 1997, INXS was in terrible shape, and it had all come down to this record. Most of the 8 million, what the Brits would call "punters" that owned "Kick" were long gone, having jumped ship as soon as that record's follow-up "X" showed signs of lacking momentum. Of course, as it goes with the weird state of pop music, a group's best albums usually are the ones that don't sell one, and never was the case more than with the group's staggeringly jaw-dropping "Welcome To Wherever You Are."
By the late 90's however, the momentum was all but gone. "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts" had bombed (sad to say, almost deservedly so), and frontman Michael Hutchenece had painfully morphed from the trend-setting rock god he was into a blowzy, famous-for-being-famous tabloid star. There was that heartbreaking moment in 1996, when Hutchence (looking drugged out and much older than 36) presented Oasis with a Brit award, and was publicly snubbed by the Brothers Gallagher. Of course, 8 years later, the Gallaghers themselves are "has-beens" but you can't say that that rather inappropriate remark didn't have some resonance.
But things seemed to be picking up. The title track was released and we all remember how hard it rocked out. The classic opening bass riff with the funky guitar slide. Hutchence's orgasmic huffing and puffing all the way through the verses. Yes, classic INXS. And there was that energetic VH1 concert performance that showed the band in their element. Something clearly was up. Or was it?
Sad to say, perhaps all was wishful thinking. "Elegantly Wasted" is an absolutely astonishing record, and astonishing because you can't believe how lifeless the whole thing is. You curse your brain for not getting a better memory of the songs, but then you realize that it's not you, but rather the songs.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  29 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD OVERLOOKED ALBUM THAT CAME TOO LATE.. Aug. 22 2004
By G. YEO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1997 - I recall being excited somewhat that INXS had a new album, but I wondered: would it be any good? Their last one: Full Moon Dirty Hearts was awful and the last time I'd seen them on tour - Michael Hutchence looked drugged out and sounded, well, wasted. But the band played on...

Elegantly Wasted is as some reviewers say here - a rejuvenated INXS back on track. It was really the album that INXS needed to have done a few years earlier before they lost the plot. But as luck would have it, the industry had changed and it seemed that INXS just wasn't as relevant anymore. I think it would've taken the band a couple more albums to claw back to the top - if that door was still open.

Fans of Kick and X and Welcome to Wherever You Are will not be disappointed. Every track here is solid - and the absence of a clear cut hit doesn't detract from the listening experience and the production of the album.

The real question was whether INXS would be pop stars again. This album shows that the musicianship hadn't suffered and Hutchence still sounded great. But externally, he clearly wasn't the same man. His departure left a bitter taste and few answers...but a solid music legacy.

Elegantly Wasted will remain the overlooked INXS album and the sign of what could have continued.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INXS at their very best! Aug. 11 1998
By Sarah Drodge (sarahdrodge@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Elegantly Wasted is a very intense album with a variation of unique musical styles. Ranging from the soul-sound of "Searching" to the power of "Don't Lose Your Head", it can be upbeat, melodic, and passionate. It manages to maintain a dance element without being "teeny-bopper" music. Lyrically, it is very mature, and gives a very personal look at the life of Michael Hutchence, a gifted and extremely talented man, with songs such as "I'm Just A Man" and "Building Bridges". You know that every word he sings is meant, and written not to sell, but written from the bottom of his heart. This is INXS' most mature, powerful, and certainly their best album yet.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece July 27 2006
By Jane C. Alpert - Published on Amazon.com
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This cd, Elegantly Wasted, along with Michael Hutchence's posthumously released solo cd, are my all-time favorite albums. I own back-up copies of each because I am truly addicted to the sounds and lyrics of both. Each is haunting, sophisticated, funky, heartfelt, and intensely soulful. It is not an exaggeration to say that both the Elegantly Wasted (EW) cd and Michael's solo cd have had a deeply profound effect on me. This is not fluff! This is the culmination, the pinnacle of matured talent and creativity. Each track of both cd's is amazing and so full of meaning. Of particular note on the EW cd are the tracks: "I'm Just a Man," "Don't Lose Your Head," "She Is Rising," and "Building Bridges." Michael Hutchence was such an exceptional artist - definitely one of the best frontmen ever. He was an incredible poet with a beautifully strong and soulful voice, as well as, an incomparably thrilling performer. I am so grateful to have all of Michael's cd's (with INXS and solo), and EW and his solo cd's are the best. It is more than a tragedy that Hutch's last two masterpieces have not been lauded to the heights that they deserve. As much as I love his other albums with INXS (e.g., Kick, X, Listen Like Thieves, The Swing, and Shabooh Shoobah), I think EW surpasses them. Like some of the previous reviewers, I agree that EW is among the most underrated and it and Michael's solo cd deserve recognition for their brilliance.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Hutchence is gone but this album lives on! Dec 9 2005
By Nightwing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Inxs are back in the spotlight with RockStar: Inxs. Yada yada yada...

However, the most talented member of the band (IMO) is no longer with us.

This release captures some of the best Inxs songs ever recorded.

"Don't Lose Your Head" is such a catchy and poppy song. However, it has very deep lyrics that someone could spend days thinking about. I know I have. Imagine the music of John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" meets the lyrics of Hutch. Then you have about a 80% idea of how awesome this track is. Nothing I could say could do it justice.

"Searching" is a song that isn't very catchy the first time you hear it. However, it will grow on you quickly. It is a VERY amazing song. The lyrics make you wonder what state of mind, Michael was in during this time.

"Elegantly Wasted" is the title track and it has a different style to it. It doesn't really sound like anything Inxs have done before (IMO.) This isn't a bad thing though. The song has a great hook and once again, Michael's lyrics and voice shine.

Also I would say check out "Girl On Fire" because is catchy if you give it a chance.

Michael Hutchence may be gone. To some Inxs are gone with him. However, this album hopefully will remind people how talented Michael Hutchence was, and how great Inxs were back in 1997.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Indeed April 15 2007
By Timothy T. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ten years ago today was the release of INXS's last studio recording with the late Michael Hutchence. The band had come full circle as they spent years and years making great albums and all leading up to what can be defined as their ultimate masterpiece. INXS always became more refined with every album, while their passion for playing upbeat rock music with a relentless drive is even more founded on Elegantly Wasted. Also not missing are songs filled with just as much passion and poignancy as the music. And Micheal Hutchence continues to sing with vocals that sounded more sharp and emotional than ever. When you listen to these songs now, you can detect how he sang with an unmarked intensity as if there was no tomorrow.
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