February 01, 1988 12:00 PM


Between Tim Farriss’s wrangling guitar, Michael Hutchence’s passionate voice and a crack-shot rhythm section, the Australian sextet Inxs (pronounced “in excess”) has some formidable weapons. At the top of its game the band sounds like a crisp cross between ’70s Stones and the J. Geils Band with a little Average White Band thrown in. Kick doesn’t find the boys as consistently rip-roaring as they were on the outstanding Listen Like Thieves LP in 1985, but they hit their stride often enough to make this a worthwhile outing. The boisterous tumble of New Sensation, the Lennonesque (and we don’t mean Julian) Never Tear Us Apart and the funky stomp of Calling All Nations surely prove that Inxs knows its way around the business end of an amplifier. (Atlantic)

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