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Inxs ~ Elegantly Wasted
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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.
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.
party rock. KICK was a beautiful album.
Through the years, INXS have always been classic, modern, and innovative all at once.
They helped to define modern rock -- while sounding more original and very different from their contemporaries, and without ever forgetting their musical roots.
Kick, Shabooh Shoobah, and X are their greatest records.
In Elegantly Wasted, the guys from down-under deliver a record that's mainstream, progressive,
and traditional all rolled into one, still refusing to abandon their roots.
The music on Elegantly Wasted doesn't sound like the music they recorded for Kick, but the album is still unmistakably INXS.
Elegantly Wasted is a very strong album. Some of the tracks rock pretty hard (wait 'til you hear Shake The Tree in its entirety), whereas other songs on the album are more conventional.
My favorite tracks are Girl On Fire, She Is Rising, Cherry Baby, Shake The Tree,
Don't Lose Your Head (which was featured in the motion picture soundtrack of Face/Off),
I'm Just A Man, and the Elegantly Wasted title track.
We Are Thrown Together is also terrific, and Building Bridges is a great ending for the album.
I admire the fact that after already releasing so many albums - after writing so many songs that ranged from catchy to amazing, INXS were able to produce an album like Elegantly Wasted -- an album that is very solid, with tracks that are superior to many of the releases of other bands in the 90's. Great album. Outstanding.