Listen Like Thieves



by rodrigo90 USER (11 Reviews)
October 26th, 2016 | 6 replies

Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The swing was the first step to their stardom but this album is when they started making legend

Unlike their UK counterpart Duran Duran found success in their first album, INXS had a little more to row until they got recognised worldwide. The first 3 albums went nowhere outside Australia and their fourth album "The swing" was when they started to get attention around the world with their iconic single "Original Sin", but in Listen like thieves is when they started to be recognised as the Australian band we all know today.

Perhaps the decision of putting the first single "What you need" as the first song of the album was an amazing idea, considering that they made that same movement on The Swing and that's how you buy the interest in keep listening the album.

Maybe the album is not as flawless as their iconic album "kick" but the album is extremely catchy and at least half of the album has a bunch of classic INXS songs which are "What you need", "Kiss the dirt", "Listen like thieves" and a ballad in the same vein of "Never tear us apart": "Shine like it does".

What I noticed in this particular album is that INXS took some of the songwriting they did in their second album "Underneath the colours" (one of their first extremely underrated album) and they improved it for better.

The album contains the treadmark INXS sound: the saxophone solos, catchy riffs, atmospheric synths and the unique voice of Michael Hutchhence.

From my point of view the album does not contain any weak song, every song makes justice on it's own, especially the hard rock driven "good times + bad times" which is personally my favourite on the album.

.Sadly the second part of the album does not contain any remarkable song, although "This time" was released as a single. A curious feature in the second part is that it contains an instrumental written by Tim Farris called "Three sisters", a first for INXS.

Even though this album would probably make it the third most popular album in their career besides Kick and X, the album is probably the first masterpiece INXS did.

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October 26th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

t/t is such an awesome tune

October 26th 2016


Album Rating: 4.0

I noticed that this site is pro-American so bands like INXS are ignored when it comes to write a review because they are not as popular as other countries which is sad but hopefully the site has members like us who make that job

October 26th 2016


goat aussie band

October 26th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

rodrigo dude this site is far from pro-american as we definitely have a diverse community big as this band was during their time, i'm a bit surprised they don't get more love on the site....the passing of Hutchence definitely rocked the music world hard, at the time anyway

October 26th 2016


Few 80s bands were bigger than INXS. Michael Hutchence wasn't called "the male Madonna" for nothing. Like Madonna, INXS' brand of danceable pop-rock is out of style now--but this and Kick are probably their best . . . I think you are right about their earlier records. They are definitely underrated.

October 26th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

very well articulated, twig

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