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Welcome to their finest album..
on 6 May 2009
The follow up to `X' had to be different, and the band delivered wholesale with Welcome to wherever you are. In retrospect in a similar way to U2's Rattle and Hum the Live baby live album was the end of a chapter for the band, and again similar to U2's Achtung Baby on this album INXS rediscover themselves, and as a result produce one their most original works.
Unfortunately at the time of release (1994) under the shadow of a changed music scene in the UK (that already seen Grunge come and go) where Oasis's debut Definitely Maybe and Blur's `Parklife' were released and Britpop was gathering momentum, the public had by now turned its eyes elsewhere from a band that were now considered deeply un-cool and an 80's relic, and their best album was largely ignored. It was also this point that saw the beginning of the bands eventual decline and to the unfortunate episode that saw their lead singers untimely passing.
The energy that goes into the recording is relentless, and instead of glossy tight production being at the fore, guitars, loops, samples and drums are all given space to make themselves heard, Heaven Sent, Taste it, Not enough time, Beautiful girl and Baby don't cry were all strong singles. This really the sound of a band going for it musically, and for me the band never equalled this album.