Updated: Jul 11
They say the hardest thing to do once you’ve climbed the peak of a mountain in a sporting or artistic sense is to stay there!
So when INXS graduated to the biggest band on the planet during 1988 and 1989, the pressure was on to surpass “Kick” with it’s next album.
Album X as Michael Hutchence often referred to it marked a shift in songwriting, lyrical maturity and Michael’s vocal delivery.
Front ended with the dynamic Suicide Blonde, Disappear, By my Side and the unsurpassed The Stairs, X definitely consolidated INXS’ reputation as a band to be reckoned with.
However, 30 years later, was it the artistic statement the band wanted?
Did it play safe?
Did it achieve the intended goal of maintaining that position at the apex of the mountain?