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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.
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Three songs I liked on this album and one was Elegantly wasted which I already had. Sadly, the lead singer didn't really go out on top before his terrible suicide but I'll always... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D Morgan
Elegantly Wasted was INXS' swan song. It was the last album the "original" INXS would release prior to Michael Hutchence's death some seven months later. Read morePublished 15 months ago by By CJs Pirate
Great album!!! Slightly harder musical style. A gem to discover for everyone who likes their previous albums and for anyone who can't get enough of Michael's vocals. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Solsken
Simply outstanding, I don't believe that many people "get" INXS, not just this album but their music entirely...Published 22 months ago by dazzed58
A must music cd if you like INAX .A great cd to your music colectionA great cd to give as a giftPublished on April 30, 2014 by James D.
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 mePublished on April 10, 2013 by Marie Cameron
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 morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Avidreader/shopper
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 morePublished on October 16, 2010 by C. Gregory