Review: INXS, ‘Original Sin’

Review: INXS, ‘Original Sin’: Aidin Vaziri | No one is going to begrudge the surviving members of INXS for trying to make an honest living. They are experienced musicians, were once great songwriters, and have funny accents. But there surely has to be a better way than this. On “Original Sin,” a cast of random B-list rockers is drafted to fill in for late singer Michael Hutchence on drastically reworked versions of some of his most popular songs. It’s like karaoke gone haywire. Rob Thomas helms a dreadful techno remake of the title track. Ben Harper offers an odd duet with French singer Mylene Famer on a rock-opera version of the last song that needed a rock-opera version, “Never Tear Us Apart.” Train’s Pat Monahan somehow gets mixed up in the whole thing, too, even though he can’t drop any references to washed-up ’80s bands in the lyrics as he’s actually singing with one. Those are just the big names. What purpose could this album possibly serve other than bolstering egos and bank accounts? It’s a lame excuse for a tribute to Hutchence, who could out swivel any of the guests here in his sleep. It does nothing for the songs other than to drag them through the dirt. Really guys, it’s time. Either take the royalty checks and bugger off to some deserted island or rip it up and start again.

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