INXS

This Time

Composed by Andrew Farriss

Song Review by

The song was inspired by the Star Wars defense program and the subsequent unease such a scheme caused for many people, but as with all of INXS' more overtly political songs, the message is never allowed to get in the way of the song as a whole. With its soft guitar start, suggesting the Byrds just enough while not playing the revivalist card too openly, INXS then shifts into its fine full-band arrangements, building steadily up to one of the band's best-ever choruses. Michael Hutchence delivers the title with just enough drama and intensity while not absolutely going nuts (what Bono would have made of it can only be imagined in nightmares). The attractive overall performance and production (courtesy of Chris Thomas) incorporate everything from acoustic guitar to subtle synth drones and shades, and the whole song crackles with an energy that draws inspiration from the past while clearly being of its time and place. Not many groups could manage such a careful balance; INXS pulls it off without breaking a sweat.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1985 Atlantic
Greenpeace: Rainbow Warriors [#1] 1989
Various Artists
Geffen 3:07
Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) 2001 Rhino 3:09
The Best of INXS [Rhino] 2002 Rhino 3:08
The Years 1979-1997 2002 Universal Distribution / Universal International 3:10
I'm Only Looking: The Best of INXS 2004 Rhino
Listen Like Thieves/X 2012 ADA / Relayer Records 3:11
The INXS Collection 1980-1993 Atlantic / Rhino 3:10