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.
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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