Sound — 10
There was Listen Like Thieves. There was X. There was Elegantly Wasted. But INXS' breakthrough album, Kick shows us that the influential Aussie band had more talent and worth than most would consider now. It's Kick that yielded the greatest hits the band had, what really made the splash for them, what made them the sensational international group they were known as. The songs are children of the group's immensely entertaining and funk-dance-pub rock sound, making for a tasty collection. The use of guitars aren't fully showcased in INXS' catalog but they do make quite an impression on the overall sound. The use of synths, simple guitar riffs and hooks, good drums, amazing saxophone and the gem--front man Michael Hutchence's soulful, confident voice. All of these remarkable attributes are heard through INXS' other wonderful works but it's Kick that it's arguable heard the best.
Lyrics — 8
The stories told on this remarkable record are somewhat commonplace; sexual desire and romance amongst other tales like politics and the betterment of mankind. And while I hate the taking of a basic idea like a new love and making things up, I can accept it if the stuff is good. So that's why Kick and I get along alright. "Devil Inside," "Mystify," with "Need You Tonight," the band's most recognized song, are examples of this, as is "Never Tear Us Apart," another shining example of the group's greatness. These songs deal with love and sex but stay original due in part to the magical music behind the words but also due to the brilliant lyrics by singer Michael Hutchence and guitarist-keyboardist-composer Andrew Farriss. The best of their work on this album is on the aforementioned songs is "Mediate." It's a fascinating song that speaks about how the world should operate all while rhyming everything with "ate." Lyrically, things are a little shrouded on this album but for the greater part, they are fabulous.
Overall Impression — 9
These are all the tracks on Kick and a rating on each: 01."Guns In The Sky": An angry political song that has a good guitar riff throughout the whole song. 8/10 02."New Sensation": an awesome, funky dance-rock track. This is one of the greatest songs INXS has ever churned, thanks to a slinky guitar riff, Kirk Pengilly's sax and Hutchence's vocals. 10/10 03."Devil Inside": whispered, hushed vocals from Hutchence plus yes, another awesome guitar riff make this tune a great. 9/10 04."Need You Tonight": the funky, sexy number one oozes utter charm and presents you with a delicious composition backing Hutch's smooth singing. 10/10 05."Mediate": overall, a good song. Lyrically, it'll lure you in but for the best version, you'll have to check out the live album, Live Baby Live. Compared with that, Kick's version pales quite a bit. Still 8/10 06."The Loved One": an interesting, pounding song at first but the chorus is slightly indifferent and less entertaining than the rest of it. 7/10 07."Wild Life": a decent song, not a whole lot to report here. Good singing. 7/10 08."Never Tear Us Apart": a touching, moving ballad that leaves you fulfilled. Showcasing with the amazing sax solo, brilliant synths,Michael Hutchence's never failing vocals and sensuous drama all all around.10/10 09."Mystify": a great little piano riff and overall a good song 9/10 10."Kick": kickass (Sorry for the pun.) This song boasts a horn section along with the trademark sax and Michael Hutchence's funky singing. 10/10 11."Calling All Nations": ok song, but not special. 7/10 12."Tiny Daggers": the least impressive tune on the record. 5/10 The lows of INXS' Kick aren't that deep and the highs are up and away. I don't think you can go wrong with that.