Kick (Expanded & Remastered) Original recording remastered
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|1. Guns In The Sky|
|2. New Sensation|
|3. Devil Inside|
|4. Need You Tonight|
|6. The Loved One|
|7. Wild Life|
|8. Never Tear Us Apart|
|11. Calling All Nations|
|12. Tiny Daggers|
|13. Move On (Guitar Version)|
|14. Jesus Was A Man|
|15. Mystify (Chicago Demo)|
|16. The Trap (Demo)|
KICK: the original 12-song album with 4 bonus tracks: the non-LP single "Move On" plus the previously unreleased tracks "Jesus Was A Man"; "Mystify" (Chicago Demo); and "The Trap" (Demo).
Throughout the early 1980s, INXS kept threatening to go big league, and with 1987's Kick they broke wide open, sENDing a sharp quartet of singles--"New Sensation," "Devil Inside," "Need You Tonight," and the shimmering ballad "Never Tear Us Apart"--right to the charts. The rest of Kick, especially the strutting "Guns in the Sky" and the groovy "Wild Life," is of similar quality; all of it is marked by the band's Stones-y guitars and angular, funk-tinged rhythms. Vocalist Michael Hutchence's MTV good looks and Aretha-meets-Aerosmith swagger completed the musical equation for both the girls and the boys. One of the decade's great live bands, too. --Michael Ruby --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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"Guns in the Sky" is a powerful kick-start to the album, INXS' foray into socially conscious music. But thankfully they left most of that to bands like Midnight Oil. INXS was a party band first and foremost. Side one is top heavy with their hit singles, "New Sensation," "Devil Inside" and "Need You Tonight." The latter song is obviously the song the band is best remembered for, but the former two tracks are great guitar rock songs. "Devil Inside" especially has a great hook and also has some social insight. These six guys were great songwriters and musicians, and Michael Hutchence had a perfect pop voice.
"Mediate" is a captivating play on rhyme. Somehow the words all fit, managing to be a commentary on politics, society and your personal worldview. To me it matches R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It" and Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire." The next single from Kick was on side two, "Never Tear Us Apart," a smart ballad. INXS even tried their hand at early rap-rock on "Calling All Nations." All in all a superb album.
A decade-and-a-half after it's original release, I believe "Kick" has stood the test of time. The song-writing and performances are entirely spot-on throughout. While I concede that the production sounds somewhat dated, it should be remembered that any album is a product of it's time. With its sly references to excess ("Devil Inside"), global tension ("Guns in the Sky") and apartheid ("Mediate"), "Kick" manages to sum up much of western civilization as it exited the 80's.
Since I already owned this album on CD, I was curious as to how the sonic experts of Rhino could improve upon a recording that was recorded in the digital age. Turns out "Kick" is even more powerful in this new transfer. The mix is more spacious; it sounds like the instruments are actually spaced further apart. If you only want to hear "Kick" sound better than ever before, you should definitely buy this reissue.
But if you were looking for the album's B-sides, you won't find them here. The only bonus tracks are a handful of demos whose inclusion here is baffling. Perhaps the producer wanted these awful tracks included as evidence of miracles he performed behind-the-scenes.
Surely there had to be better demos for this album that what is included here. "Jesus Was a Man" is most motley of the bunch. On it, Hutchence howls in obvious drunken stupor. Given the descent into chemical abuse that led to his untimely death, the inclusion of this track is inappropriate and an insult to his memory.
In conclusion, the new mix sounds fantastic, but the bonus demos are bad enough to make me question their inclusion here.
From the opening grunts of "Guns in the Sky" (a song protesting Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative - aka "Star Wars"), to the closing notes of "Tiny Daggers", the listener is treated to some of the best pop music the Eighties ever produced. On this album, the band blends a number of styles and influences, everything from 60's R&B to 80's new wave synth pop, resulting in each track showing off a serious catchy hook.
However, if you are considering purchasing this disc, I recommend waiting until the re-released disc, which is expected to come out on Rhino/Atlantic later in the late summer / early fall of 2002. The album should have at least one previously unreleased bonus track, so it may likely be worth the wait. (Although the release has been delayed once, so keep your fingers crossed.)
Most recent customer reviews
Great album by a great band. Don't bother with any of their garbage after Michael Hutchens.Published 19 months ago by Neuro
Revered in Australia as the best example of the Australian pub rock sound but in my opinion hardly worth the effort. I have never liked them and this is a fine example of why. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2012 by Charlie "The Read"
What is the point of an audiophile record company putting out a second rate line? I purchased this because my original version although very dynamic was a little bright. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2012 by The Seeker
Hey everybody, this is a great CD beginning to end. For your information wozamoya from Chicago, IL "Kick" was released in 1987 not 1988. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Andre
i love these guys they wrote their own songs played their own
instruments and basically wrote very catchy songs bursting
it is a shame that the... Read more
This has to be the best album INXS has ever done.The greatest hits album album is no where as good as this.
I consider this to be there greatest hits album. Read more
I think even the group would tell you this was their greatest album. While many of their other albums are wonderful, this one is so upbeat and positive that it is hard to find a... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002 by Erik J. Malvick
There are those who are big INXS fans, yes they exist, who think that this was a "sell out" album. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by Joe A