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Album: X.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Suicide Blonde
2)    Disappear
3)    Stairs, The
4)    Faith in Each Other
5)    By My Side
6)    Lately
7)    Who Pays the Price
8)    Know the Difference
9)    Bitter Tears
10)    On My Way
11)    Hear That Sound
 
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Performer Notes
  • The title "X" represents the roman numeral "10" for the 10th anniversary of INXS' first album.
  • INXS: Michael Hutchence (vocals); Kirk Pengilly (guitar, saxophone, background vocals); Andrew Farriss (guitar, keyboards); Tim Farriss (guitar); John Farriss (keyboards, drums); Garry Gary Beers (bass).
  • Additional personnel: Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica).
  • Recorded at Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney, Australia. Originally released on Atlantic (82140). Includes liner notes by Chris Thomas.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel: Kirk Pengilly (vocals, guitar, saxophone); Michael Hutchence (vocals); Andrew Farriss (guitar, keyboards); Tim Farriss (guitar); Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica); Jon Farriss (keyboards, drums).
  • Recording information: Air Studios, London, England; Rhinoceros Studios, Studio 2, Sydney, Australia.
  • Following up an album as huge-selling and pop-culturally omnipresent as INXS's 1987 breakthrough KICK was a daunting proposition. But, possibly because most of KICK's best moments were killed by overexposure, X stands the test of time better than its predecessor.
  • Opening with the hypnotic, twitchy "Suicide Blonde," one of the band's finest singles, X careens through 11 unpretentious Stones-meet-techno dance-rock tracks, including the fine rocker "Disappear" and the impressive, emotional ballad "Bitter Tears." While INXS should be applauded simply for not making KICK PART II, X is a great album in its own right.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/1/90) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "..their best and most cohesive album, they focus their strengths, coming up not only with tough, state-of-the-art pop but with the casual confidence of a mature collective personality...big-audience rock & roll that feels right for our times.."

Q - 3 Stars - Good - Included in Q's list of the Fifty Best Albums of 1990.

Stereo Review (1/91) - Performance "High-octane" / Recording "Hot" - "...the band's most flinty, knife-edged album of rock noir to date... there's not a wasted note or loose end to be found in "X."...a durable program of danceable, rhythm-based rock that rarely lets up in intensity or impact.."

New York Times (Publisher) (11/18/90) - "...achieves a high standard here--rock-and-roll you can dance to."
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