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Elegantly Wasted

4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 15, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001ERU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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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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2 cd bundle featuring both "Elegantly Wasted" and "Welcome to Wherever You Are" by popular Austrailian rockers INXS.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD OVERLOOKED ALBUM THAT CAME TOO LATE.. August 22, 2004
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INXS at their very best! August 11, 1998
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece July 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Hutchence is gone but this album lives on! December 9, 2005
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Indeed April 15, 2007
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love inxs
A must music cd if you like INAX .A great cd to your music colectionA great cd to give as a gift
Published 3 months ago by James D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the era of INXS
A new album to me and I loved hearing INXS recorded during the height of their success yet completely fresh for this more mature version of me
Published 16 months ago by Marie Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegantly Passionate
The first song "show me (cherry baby)"explodes with passion and depth. The whole cd takes you on a journey. Michael's voice had such depth, sexuality,and emotion. Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars INXS is a great band
After Queen and the Rolling Stones, this is probably my third favorite band. This album was overlooked, but worth the time and effort to reexamine it. Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by C. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of music
I've been listening to this CD in my car over and over again lately. It's really an excellent album. I quite like all of the songs and don't think there are any weak tracks. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by J. Miller
AND KICK. Read more
Published on December 22, 2009 by roxynewyork
4.0 out of 5 stars Hindsight is 20/20?
Not a knockout upon release now 10+ years later Elegantly Wasted gains new relevance and importance. Read more
Published on April 16, 2009 by John Werner
4.0 out of 5 stars Not completely wasted. But almost...
After listening the whole album for the first time, you'll feel disappointed. You think someone has cheated on you: this is not INXS and, if it was, then it doesn't really sounds... Read more
Published on August 4, 2008 by Camilo Rueda Lopez
1.0 out of 5 stars INXS "Elegantly Wasted" - the review
if ever there was an appropriate title for an album, this was it.

"Elegantly Wasted" was an album that was just uninspired. Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by snowgrind
5.0 out of 5 stars their worst you must be joking
i know people have free speech and i don't condem them people for saying that this is inxs worst album but you must be joking this is not their worst album this is a fantastic... Read more
Published on December 4, 2005 by .Richard
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