INXS’ second album, produced by Richard Clapton, is something of an improvement over their 1980 debut, even if still no great shakes.
There's certainly less in the way of naff lyrics (even a song titled "Big Go Go" isn't particularly silly), and instead there's a more steady, consistent array of songs, despite none of them really leaping out in any major way.
The album opener and leading single "Stay Young" is pretty good, and such tracks as "Fair Weather Ahead", "Follow", and the closing "Just to Learn Again" are decent as well, the latter finishing things in a rather mellow fashion.
The band was still to find the signature style that brought them major success in the mid-80's, so Underneath the Colours
certainly can't match one of my favourites of theirs from their heyday, The Swing
, let alone their ultimate triumph - Welcome to Wherever You Are
- but it's certainly a step forward.Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor