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Welcome to Wherever You Are
INXS
Welcome to Wherever You Are
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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Full title - Welcome to Wherever You Are. The original 12-song album plus 5 previously unreleased bonus tracks-'The Answer', 'Wishing Well' (version 2), 'All Around' (version 2), 'The Indian Song' and 'Heaven Sent' (Wa...  more »

     
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All Artists: INXS
Title: Welcome to Wherever You Are
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Release Date: 10/15/2002
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: New Wave & Post-Punk, Dance Pop, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227820626

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Album Description
Full title - Welcome to Wherever You Are. The original 12-song album plus 5 previously unreleased bonus tracks-'The Answer', 'Wishing Well' (version 2), 'All Around' (version 2), 'The Indian Song' and 'Heaven Sent' (Waltz Version-Original Demo). Includes expanded booklet with producer's notes and rare photos! Atlantic/Rhino. 2002.

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Better late than never.......
jabdigital | Floral Park, NY USA | 01/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this album ages ago, fell in love with it, then forgot about it for a few years! I recently went through my music collection, found it again, only to be disappointed that the disc was so scratched from being overplayed. I bought it again. By far the best INXS album. Yes, there were many 80's classics, but they were all spread out on different albums. This one has a unique flow, with a few classics:

Not Enough Time
Communication
Taste It
Baby Don't Cry
Beautiful Girl

Highy recommended. I have to agree with another reviewer who said this was "criminally overlooked.""
The Adventurous Wherever
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 12/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While INXS didn't rock as hard as on "X" or "Kick," "Welcome To Wherever You Are" was far more adventurous. The arrangements and instruments were a wide variation from anything the band had tried before. And since they were one of the biggest bands in the world at the time, "Welcome" was a serious risk. To my ears, it paid off.

The middle eastern flavor of "Questions" opened the disc on a unique note, and showed the band was not about to rest on their superstar laurels. There was also the ethereal quality to the ballad, "Beautiful Girl." "Welcome To Wherever You Are" spent less time kicking, or pounding, and more time on pulsing. Songs like "Wishing Well," "Communication" and "Taste It" beat along on solid foundations, dependent more on groove than force.

Not like rock was out of the picture. "Heaven Sent" was as close to an arena rock song as "Welcome" got, but "Baby Don't Cry" is just as big. The difference is in that "Baby Don't Cry" fills in its muscle with horns. INXS was obviously trying to break away from the box that their superstar status had framed them in, and they were doing their best to make an album that would set itself apart from "X" and "Kick."

Alas, the subtle charms of "Not Enough Time" and "Beautiful Girl" - and the full orchestra on the terrific "Men and Women" - were not enough to sustain the audience that looked upon INXS as a hard rock band and Michael Hutchence as an arena god. They avoided "Welcome To Wherever You Are" and jumped on board the Nirvana train, leaving INXS in a quandary. Unfortunately, it was one they never did fully recover from, as the follow-up "Full Moon Dirty Hearts" was a paint by numbers effort, one that spotlighted Michael's growing dissatisfaction with making music. "Welcome To Wherever You Are" is something of a lost album, in as much as it sounds like this was an album that INXS, flush with success and the ability to stretch out, really wanted to make."
THEIR MASTERPIECE
BOB | LOS ANGELES, CA | 09/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While I was a mild fan of INXS thru the 80's, to me, their albums possessed a similar blueprint: several great, listenable hits, accompanied by an equal or greater number of often mediocre material. Also, I believe this album was their 11th studio recording. For the few rock bands which could achieve that milestone, most would have burned out, run out of inspiration, or be recycling past hits and/or cover tunes, in a feeble attempt to keep their lifestyles running.

This is the rare exception. For a band whose signature sound was such a pervasive presence in the 80's, this 1992 album was a startling maturation. Every song is a polished gem, and there is not a weak composition on the entire recording. I am not going to attempt a track-by-track review, as this is an accomplishment where the whole infinitely exceeds the sum of its parts.

Any INXS fan who has not purchased this album just has never heard the band's finest hour. Period. No INXS album that came before, and the few albums that came afterward, match the sheer listenability of this record. While this album is instantly recognizable as INXS, it sounds like nothing the band had previously produced. It doesn't sound "80's", it doesn't sound "90's"; it has a rare, timeless sound, with many subtle influences. This CD is not just for INXS fans, it is for anybody who enjoys great rock.

The album's commercial failure must have confounded and and saddened the band. Every time I listen to it I just shake my head and wonder, what happened? What were people listening to in '92 that made them ignore this? Perhaps INXS 80's success had just jaded people and radio programmers alike.

The audio quality of the original CD was good, but this remaster is awesome. The addictive bass and organ line in "Wishing Well" will shake the foundation of your domicile. The extra tracks and the low list price of this re-issue makes it an even better deal."