1984 was when I started getting into pop/rock music, and INXS were one of the bands I heard a lot on the radio. I believe they had five singles released from this their fourth album, and "Original Sin", "Burn for You", and "I Send a Message" were staples on the station I listened to, while "Dancing on the Jetty" and "Love Is (What I Say)" weren't too far behind.
It also helped that The Swing
was one of the albums played regularly over the department store where I worked soon after leaving school. I never loved any of those songs really, and they weren't enough to encourage me to buy the album, but I still got to know them quite well, and now - having gotten into the band's catalogue - I can appreciate them more, although no doubt there's some nostalgia in there somewhere.
INXS' jerky, funky style here might seem a bit repetitive (notice how even when "Dancing on the Jetty" has a quiet string-laden opening, it quickly changes to the same feisty funk style as the previous "I Send a Message"), but there's no denying the above-mentioned songs are all pretty catchy, and "Jetty" in particular does has a lovely chorus.
The non-singles are pretty decent too, from the title track to the haunting "Johnson's Aeroplane", while the concluding "All the Voices" ends things on a memorably harmonious high. Only "Face the Change" is a bit plain.
In truth, The Swing
is far superior to the band's previous and rather mediocre Shabooh Shoobah
, and in my view it's their second best album, only topped by 1992's Welcome to Wherever You Are
Why hadn't I tried INXS sooner?Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor