David S. from GLENDALE, CA Reviewed on 6/19/2007...
This is a decent INXS album, it's definitely one for the fans.
Christine C. (bolinbabe) from BRANFORD, CT Reviewed on 2/3/2007...
Great band and gritty, edgy music that also features duets with Chrissie Hynde and Ray Charles. A sweet addition to one's collection if you are as enamored of this band as I am. Everything's in great shape as well, though there's a small notch on the edge of the jewel case.
Maggie C. (skywaywaver) from CHESTNUT RDG, NY Reviewed on 8/7/2006...
Classic music from this band that sadly no longer exists...
A Glimmer of INXS' full potential
Erik J. Malvick | Davis, CA | 06/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was recently blessed to have rediscovered this CD in my collection. I think many people shun this CD and almost anything post X, but this really shows a glimpse of a side of INXS that had never come out, and unfortunately wouldn't come out again.
Straight up, this was INXS attempt at moving into the alternative/grunge sound of the 90's. While it didn't fully succeed, and it was sadly overlooked, this is a great album. In it, we see a lot of experimentation and creativity from the group in one big jump. They blended a lot of the popular sounds of the era into their own and created an album that was all their own.
This is not an album to buy if you are just getting into INXS based on their hits. You won't find any true hits here. People were accustomed to what had become the standard INXS sound, and this album was shunned... even by me. However, there are some fantastic songs here.
If one can look at this album as something that is not INXS they will find an album full of excellent lyrics, music, and vocals. The album isn't very coherent, but I find that I don't have to skip any tracks to enjoy it. The music ranges from a hard rock beat in songs like Time, The Gift, and Make Your Peace to ballad like tempos with Full Moon Dirty Hearts and Freedom Deep. Freedom Deep is great because it builds to a nice climax with a slow crescendo that grows in fullness and loudness. The title track previously mentioned includes a great duet between Michael Hutchence and Crissy Hynde, and Please is a duet with the great Ray Charles.
If you like INXS, and you don't mind something that is quite a bit different from anything you're used to, put yourself to the challenge of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts.... Just be sure you give it a chance and don't give up on it too easy. I regret that it took be 10 years to rediscover its greatness."
Gareth | Singapore Singapore | 04/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wouldn't say that this is INXS' best album, because there's Kick. But strangely, when at times when I long to hear their music, this is the album I miss most of all.At the time where U2 had seemingly thrown out their rock sound and reinvented themselves, INXS to a certain extent did the same with Welcome to Wherever You Are. I thought that was a strange album. Without having gone through Kick and X, it would be a hard album to swallow. But as a fan who is more likely to give it a second listen, I found it to be a fantastic album.This album came along, and their popularity plummeted. They became labelled 'has-been'. But I listened to it consistently, and found it to be the most touching of all their albums. For me, this was probably the most soul baring of all the other records. The edgy greasy sound was a probably their response to the grunge rage, but worked perfectly. The stripped down production also made the songs as they were meant to be: just songs.Sometimes fans don't ever want their bands to grow. People dismissed Pop (U2). People will dismiss Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (well, see how many reviews this got), but I think this would probably be one album Michael Hutchence held close to his heart."
michael mason | Calcutta | 12/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For some reason, this album often gets overlooked in the INXS back catalog. This is quite a strong album, full of good guitar grooves. 'Days of rust' is a killer opening track. 'The Gift' is full on with a great video. 'Time' has some great guitar. The four songs from 'Please' to 'Kill the Pain' are as good a sequence as you will find on any INXS album. The album does suffer from inconsistency, a flaw that marked all of INXS's post Kick albums. By comparison to their previous albums, to me this album most resembles 'Shabooh Shabah,' perhaps due to the fact Mark Opitz is again producing (I think). An album worth a listen."
kireviewer | Sunnyvale, Ca United States | 08/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"DUETS WITH RAY CHARLES AND CHRISSIE HYNDE.
Released in 1993, this is INXS's nineth studio album. It came as the group was on the downside of its popularity. It is 40 minutes long and has very good sound quality.
This CD is heavily influenced by U2's Achtung Baby. Many of ths songs on this CD sound like they could have been on Achtung Baby,with the crashing guitars and metallic sound. At the same time, it has that unmistakable Australian sound. You can hear it in all Australian bands, like Men At Work and even AC/DC.
Even though it is not original, this CD is at its best when the band copies styles of others, especially U2. There is also the duet with the Pretenders' Chrissie Hyndes (duets with Hynde was all the rage in the 1990's, with groups like UB40, Elvis Costello and Moodswings). The weak songs go back to the older pop style of the Kick days.
There are some great songs on this CD, like Kill the Pain and Days of Rust. There aren't any real bad ones either, although some of the standard pop songs do get a little boring.
I think where INXS got adventerous and experimental, they scored big. Fans of Kick might not like this CD. The best songs on it are nothing like Kick. The ones that follow the Kick formula are tired and not as good."
H. Jin | Melbourne, Australia | 06/27/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"INXS really dug themselves a huge hole in the early 90's. The followed up their smash 'Kick' with 'X': a slick, calculated album designed for instant commercial success. It didn't sell as well as expected, and by the time they made the more interesting 'Welcome....' the mainstream had started to pass them by.
So the calculated grab for the pop charts didn't work, but the artistic experiment didn't sell well either, leaving INXS at a bit of a loss of where to go next. This uncertainty is evident in 'Full Moon...', one of their least consistent albums. On one hand, they seem to be going for a more stripped-down, rawer rock sound similar to 'Listen Like Thieves'. There are duets with Chrissie Hynde and Ray Charles, and INXS started touring smaller pubs and clubs, suggesting the band was taking a "back to basics" approach. However, the album also contains the sort of heavy production and experimentation seen on 'Welcome...', which doesn't fit, and only makes the band seem indecisive and unfocused.
Take 'The Gift': built around a raw, stomping rock riff, heavier than anything they've done since 'Kick'....but it's shrouded in an overbearing production that robs the song of its grunt. And that's the problem; instead of rocking, the production tends to make the songs plodding and stiff, which might be why some people claim it's influenced by grunge and alt-rock (it's not). It doesn't help that the songs themselves aren't quite as strong as before.
Either way, this certainly wasn't the comeback INXS were looking for, and sad to say it was no surprise the album flopped. There are a couple of good songs here (the opening two tracks plus the two duets), and a cleaner production would have helped, but this is arguably INXS' weakest album."