INXS Kick Half-Speed Remastered 180g 45RPM 2LP Vinyl Set: Cut by Abbey Road Studios' Mike Howell, 1987 Blockbuster Bursts with Clarity, Freshness, Textures, and Dynamics
Anchored by the sensual purr of vocalist Michael Hutchence and frisky drumming (recorded in analog) of Jon Farriss, INXS' Kick taps into a hybrid style that freshly stays away from the era’s plastic, manufactured sounds and narrow-minded, vacant aesthetic. A seamless fusion of dance beats, sleek rock riffs, soaring hooks, horn-fueled R&B, and string-laden accents, the 12-track set is an irresistibly catchy and liquidly fluid sonic miasma that contains every single element a classic contemporary pop work requires.
Above all, every song boasts a different feel and distinctive pace, characteristics that aren’t forced but natural results of the collective’s chemistry. The sexy, breathy pop-funk “Need You Tonight” clicks with interlocking arrangements and murmured vocals. The atmospheric, synth-drum-punctuated “Meditate” hallucinates with stream-of-conscious vocals and percolating grooves. Well-placed pauses, hypnotic flanged guitar passages, and so-funky-you’ll-sweat saxophone breaks pepper the liberating rock smash “New Sensation.”
INXS also kicks out upbeat dance-inflected jams on the brassy skirt-swaying title track, syncopated “Calling All Nations,” and elsewhere, but doesn’t forget the importance of a bleeding-heart ballad. Hence, the devastatingly moving “Never Tear Us Apart,” the knifing strings and guitar twang proving dramatic, direct, and honest. The late 1980s produced a handful of more commercially successful pop records, but none is better than Kick.
This half-speed remaster of the classic 1987 album is on two heavyweight, 180g black vinyl LPs at 45RPM for supreme fidelity, cut by Abbey Road Studios' Half-Speed Mastering pioneer, Miles Showell, who says: "Having owned this album since 1987 and even cut the UK 7" lacquers for ‘Need You Tonight', I was thrilled to be asked to remaster it as a double 45 half-speed mastered LP." "Classic, fabulous pop songs that jump out of the speakers, now more than ever before!" Andrew Farriss of INXS says of Kick's new edition. "The latest INXS vinyl cuts are an outstanding sonic achievement, especially the Kick album. I was truly amazed to hear INXS' recordings sounding so incredibly fresh, clear and kick-ass, like vinyl on steroids..."