Songs from this album ruled the airwaves in 1987-1988 - anyone who turned on the Top 40 radio or MTV will likely sing along to as they tap their toes. The four top ten singles include the danceable beats of "New Sensation" and "Devil Inside", the beautiful ballad "Never Tear Us Apart", and Michael Hutchence's sultry vocals on the number one single "Need You Tonight/Mediate". While those were the major hits, those singles don't stand out from the rest of the album, as each song on the disc is consistently good and "kicks" in its own way.
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.)