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Welcome to Wherever..(Ex.Re.) Import, Original recording remastered
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Welcome To Wherever You Are is the band's eighth album and was released in 1992. It boasts the singles Heaven Sent, Taste It, Baby Don't Cry and Beautiful Girl. Of course - it was a time grunge and alternative breaking into the mainstream, INXS tried to establish a new direction for itself, la U2 and Achtung Baby incorporating sitars, a 60-piece orchestra, and a much more "raw" sound to their music. In its four star review of the album, Q called it "...a far more engaging and heartfelt collection than anything the group has put out in recent memory... It rocks," and listed it as one of the 50 Best Albums of 1992.
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The album packaging did prove that over the years the band did learn how to all dress like each other in snazzy matching outfits for photo shoots.
"Welcome to Wherever You Are," was the Fixx making "Ink," the Cars making "Door to Door," Van Halen doing "Van Halen III," you know...the beginning of the end. "Welcome to Wherever You Are," granted has enough listenable material that you won't immediately go out running to your local Hastings to try to sell it dirt cheap or stick it in the pile of garage sale recordings right next to worn copies of Air Supply, Barry Manilow, and Bread. INXS became commercial...they were tainted by success. Maybe that was more than lead singer Michael Hutchence bargained for. Fame can be a daunting thing. Commercialism alone doesn't make a band start to pump out uninspired drivel but if heads aren't on right it can lead to it. Though the collective musicians of INXS seem to be talented enough that "Welcome To Wherever You Are," doesn't delve to the drivel level. Nevertheless the band members picked up the road signs, mapped it out on Mapquest, and yep with this CD they were heading to drivel city, USA.
The album starts out interestingly enough with a Sitar-singed, "Questions." Follows it up with some hit top-40 radio play ditties in "Heaven Sent," "Taste It," and "Not Enough Time." But by the time they reach the big horns bouncy, "Baby Don't Cry," all inspiration has ran dry.Read more ›
All Around is a powerful up-tempo rock gem and the tuneful Baby Don't Cry with its sixties flavour and uplifting harmonies is irresistible. One of the highlights of this great album is the poignant Beautiful Girl, where great lyrics, vocals and playing gel into a pop masterpiece. Back On Line, Strange Desire and Men and Women are great too.
There are no duds on Welcome To Wherever You Are. It is one of those rare albums where every track offers something special. Inxs' s mastery of such a variety of styles is impressive. This is probably one of the very best, and most underappreciated, rock albums of the 1990s.
Australian imports to North America these days is a consistent transaction of talent tht continues much more on the film front than musically as was the case in the 1980's
Spearheading the attack were INXS,an outfit sporting three of the Farris brothers on various instruments, saxophonist Kirk Penghilly on sax,and the the charismatic front- man serving the
arrangemets the vocal treatment needed, Michael Hutchence.
"Shabooh Shabaah" broke the group Stateside, "The Swing" soldified their status as a funk band on the rise and "Listen Like Thieves" established a bridge between the early approach combined with guitar-driven edge. All of these records loosened the lid before the kettle of fish got opened.
That kettle was the multi- platinum " Kick" a fish that escaped and made INXS big stars and on the charts from beginning to end with each single release. It was the $$$ money- making album .
Strangley enough though their next release "X" (thought by many to be "Kick II WITH WEAKER offerings) recieved airplay of the single "Suicide Blonde", the attention anoited to the band quickly disintegrated by the time this record "Welcome To Wherever You Are" hit the airwaves in 1992.
The single taken from the album "Not Enough Time" did not make the ripples domestically that the previous records had.
Did the public at large decide that "Kick" and some of what "X" had to offer was about as much as they could stand to hear?
Perhaps,but many missed some of the good work crafted on "Welcome". Though not a landmark disc like Frankie Goes To Hollywood's LP with the same first name "Welcome To The PleasureDome", this record contains the raw energy of "Kick" minus the repetitive rhythm guitar bits that dominated that effort and "X".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
...2nd only to Elegantly Wasted ,this is a brillant album you ll be listening to for years.Simple,if you love rock music this belongs in your collection.Published 5 months ago by Kevin
Ok, so the cover art isn't so good, but musically this is one of their best efforts. It's my 3rd favorite after "Shabooh Shoobah" and "Kick". Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by H3@+h
These guys were talented. They made a lot of great songs, but there's only 2 on this album that qualify. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Rich Latta
After the disappointment of 1990's X,Inxs created this breathtaking,underappreciated album,which broke all the rules. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2003
While I was a mild fan of INXS thru the 80's, to me, each of their albums always possessed a similar blueprint: several great, listenable hits, but filled out by an equal or... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003