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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IIB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What You Need
2. Listen Like Thieves
3. Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)
4. Shine Like It Does
5. Good + Bad Times
6. Biting Bullets
7. This Time
8. Three Sisters
9. Same Direction
10. One X One
11. Red Red Sun

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Kiss the Dirt is the best song INXS ever recorded.
WayneChicago
While this experimentation is done very well on, I find three other factors that make this album sound so good.
L.A. Scene
"This time" is all power pop...jangly guitars, sugary sweet hooks, and a perfect sing-along chorus.
Scott B. Saul

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on October 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Kick" sold more copies, but "Listen Like Thieves" is the Aussie group's most consistent and enjoyable album. This disc is loaded with all the things I like in pop music: hooks galore, catchy choruses, and top-notch instrumentation. THERE ARE NO BAD SONGS ON THIS ALBUM. The disc starts moving in the right direction with the funky "What You Need," moving to the loud and fun title track, the groovy bite of "Shine Like it Does," and the solid first single "This Time." Other favorites are "Same Direction" (lifted from the 1980s Mitch Gaylord campfest "American Anthem") and "One X One." Vocalist Michael Hutchence yells, screams, and growls through each of these tunes with feeling and verve. INXS never got enough credit in their multiplatinum days, but they were a solid pop act that suffered some catty blows from petty critics. Pay them no mind. Crank this one up, and let the grooves take you back to the glory days. Party like it's 1985.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Listen Like Thieves" would be the breakthrough album in the United States for the six member band from Australia called Inxs. Prior to this album, Inxs had already established a solid following in their home country of Australia. This would be the album where Inxs would begin to transition to the sound that would define the band in the late 1980s and 1990s. While many people are only familiar with their Top 10 hit "What You Need", there is a lot more that this album has to offer.

One fact that I find amazing about Inxs is that this six member band stuck together from their formation in the late 1970s through Michael Hutchence's untimely death in 1997. During this period, the band would release 10 studio albums, 1 Greatest Hits album, and 1 Live album. This has allowed the band to meld together and grow professionally. Much of this is due to the fact that three band members are brothers: Andrew Farriss (Keyboards), Jon Farriss (Drums), and Tim Farriss (Guitar). The other three members also stuck tightly with the band the whole way. These members include: Michael Hutchence (Lead Vocals), Garry Gary Beers (Bass), and Kirk Pengilly (Guitar and Sax). Hutchence - known for his long hair and theatrical performances in concert often gets the most publicity. But the remaining five members all make major contributions from a musicianship standpoint. In addition, Hutchence is not just eye candy - he plays a key role in the songwriting. It is worth noting for "Listen Like Thieves" that the majority of the songs are written by Hutchence and Andrew Farriss.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard on November 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
INXS never looked back after this album, at least for a few years. After the excellent 'The Swing' the year before, INXS followed it up with more of the same solid funky catchy rock songs. The opening volley of three track in particular stand out for me. The groove of 'What You Need', the downright infectious title track and the sulty 'Kiss The Dirt' are some of the finest songs of the time. Also there is the stomping 'One x One' and anthemic 'This Time' both live favourites. Listening again to this album it's hard to believe it's 20 years old, it also shows how underrated INXS were. Although the next album 'Kick' would break the band internationally, this album and 'The Swing' are superior in my opinion and I think they still stand as the musical highlights of their career.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward Crawford on December 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The drums crash and guitar blares from the first song on the album. We lead of with What You Need, which is the first top ten hit for INXS, I beleive it hit #5 on the charts here. When you buy the CD you will instantly recognize this song. It's also on their greatest hits CD from 1994, which is also worth picking up. Listen Like Thieves is the next track. It gives me a mental picture of summer, the heat, Australia, and people listening to the radio in their cars. The bass is somewhat heavy in this track, but good. Kiss The Dirt has a very melodic feel to it. It starts out as a lighter pop/rock song for the time, but has a great rocking guitar part towards the middle/end of the song. There are great rythym changes. Shine Like It Does seems to have a deeper meaning in the song. "Every single hour that we have known", from the song is one of my favorite lines in a song. It seques into Good + Bad Times. Synthesisers, a rocking guitar, and heavy drums make this a shoulda-been released single in the US, along with Kiss The Dirt. Biting Bullets has a very punk feel, think of a faster Sex Pistols song. Lighting vocals and good guitar work make this another good track. This Time laments yet another lovers quarell. The singer seems to tire of the typical love/hate game in many relationships. Three Sisters is an instrumental. It's good, but seems slightly out of place in this album. Same Direction has a distorted guitar beginning and could be the most "psychadelic" (term used loosely here) track on the album. One X One has horns blazing that is very reminiscent of Kick, which would come in 1987. In fact the track sounds particularly like a warm up for Kick. Red Red Sun rocks the album out. Another punk/Police influenced track.Read more ›
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