Michael Hutchence (album)

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Michael Hutchence
A black-and-white photo of Hutchence lying down with a thin grey square superimposed around his face and his name written vertically on the left-hand side in grey.
Studio album by Michael Hutchence
Released 14 December 1999
Recorded 1995–1997
Genre Alternative rock, electronic music
Length 52:43
Language English
Label V2
Producer Andy Gill, Michael Hutchence, and Danny Saber
Compiler Andy Gill
Singles from Michael Hutchence
  1. "A Straight Line"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Slide Away"
    Released: 2000 (promo)

Michael Hutchence is the only solo posthumous album by INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. It was released on 14 December 1999, just over two years after Hutchence's death.

Hutchence began work on what would become his posthumous solo album in 1995 with Tim Simenon. He then phoned Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill and asked him to play on the album. Ten minutes later he phoned back and asked Gill to co-write the album. Gill joined Hutchence at his house and home studio in Roquefort-les-Pins and over a five-month period continued to write and record in France and London. They were fans of Black Grape and decided to enlist Black Grape producer Danny Saber as co-producer with Gill of the album. After Hutchence's death in 1997, Gill asked U2 singer, and Hutchence's friend, Bono to record additional lyrics which were added to the track "Slide Away".

This album was simply dedicated to "Tiger" in reference to Hutchence's daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence. The last song that Hutchence worked on before his death was "Possibilities", which is track 2 on the album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let Me Show You" Andy Gill & Michael Hutchence 3:38
2. "Possibilities" Michael Hutchence & Danny Saber 4:31
3. "Get on the Inside" Andy Gill, Michael Hutchence 4:48
4. "Fear" Andy Gill & Michael Hutchence 3:43
5. "All I'm Saying" Michael Hutchence & Tim Simenon 4:05
6. "A Straight Line" Michael Hutchence & Andy Gill 3:38
7. "Baby It's Alright" Michael Hutchence & Danny Saber 3:52
8. "Don't Save Me from Myself" Michael Hutchence & Andy Gill 3:21
9. "She Flirts for England" Michael Hutchence & Andy Gill 3:12
10. "Flesh and Blood" Michael Hutchence & Andy Gill 5:03
11. "Put the Pieces Back Together" Michael Hutchence & Andy Gill 4:38
12. "Breathe" Michael Hutchence & Danny Saber 3:52
13. "Slide Away" Michael Hutchence & Andy Gill 4:22
Total length: 52:43

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[3]

The album received mixed to positive reviews upon its release and was noted by some critics for being dark and moody. Rolling Stone staff writer David Fricke gave the album three and a half out of five stars, stating "Much of the music on this record has a gray chill". He admired the singer's motivation on the record saying "Hutchence was as serious about his craft as he was intoxicated by rock-star living" and that "he set his arena-rock torch singing in a provocative landscape of melancholy-machine music."[2] In his AllMusic review, journalist Carlo Wolff rated the album three stars out of five and wrote "there is enough good material here to warrant a listen, perhaps even shed a tear." He added, "this curious, occasionally exciting collection showcases the more vulnerable side of Hutchence" and that "this autobiographical album resonates beyond its sad, faintly kinky pedigree".[1] Editor and writer Patrick Schabe scored the album 8 out of 10 stars in his review for PopMatters writing "On Michael Hutchence's eponymously titled solo album, it’s not a disappointing pastime" and that "this piece is thankfully an incredible success."[3]

Commercial Performance[edit]

In the singer's native Australia the album peaked at number 3 and remained there for 1 week. It stayed in the Australian charts for 3 weeks.[4] It quickly received a gold accreditation from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) having sold 35,000 copies.[5] In the UK, the album peaked at number 90 and lasted 1 week in the charts.[6]

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Hutchence – vocals
  • Kenny Aronoff – drums on "Possibilities", "Baby It's Alright", and "Breathe"
  • Bono – vocals on "Slide Away"
  • Harry Borden – photography
  • Jonathan Cohen – cello on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Kevin Cummins – photography
  • Gail Ann Dorsey – backing vocals on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Bernard Fowler – backing vocals on "Baby It's Alright"
  • Joanna Gammie – viola on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Andy Gill – guitar on "Let Me Show You", "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "All I'm saying", "A Straight Line", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "She Flirts for England", "Flesh and Blood", "Put the Pieces Back Together", and "Slide Away"; bass guitar on "Fear", "Flesh and Blood", and "Slide Away"; keyboards on "She Flirts for England", "Slide Away", "Flesh and Blood"; programming on "Let Me Show You", "Fear", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Get on the Inside", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "She Flirts for England", "Flesh and Blood", "Put the Pieces Back Together", and "Slide Away"; production
  • Denise Johnson – backing vocals on "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "A Straight Line", "Put the Pieces Back Together"
  • Ged Lynch – drums on "Let Me Show You", "Fear", "A Straight Line", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Put the Pieces Back Together" and percussion on "Get on the Inside" and "All I'm Saying"
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet on "Get on the Inside"
  • Steve Monty – drums on "Fear"
  • Susan McGill – violin on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Tony Morse – string arrangement on "Possibilities" and "Baby It's Alright"
  • Tim Palmer – mixing on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Guy Pratt – bass guitar on "Let Me Show You", "Fear", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Put the Pieces Back Together"
  • Steven Price – acoustic guitar on "Flesh and Blood" and string arrangement on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Herb Ritts – photography
  • Danny Saber – bass guitar on "Let Me Show You", "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Put the Pieces Back Together", "Breathe"; guitar on "Let Me Show You", "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Put the Pieces Back Together", "Breathe"; keyboards on "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Breathe"; drums on "Breathe", programming on "Let Me Show You", "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Flesh and Blood", "Put the Pieces Back Together", "Breathe"; production
  • Stevie Salas – guitar on "Baby It's Alright"
  • Joe Strummer – vocals on "Let Me Show You"
  • Natalie Thompson – violin on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • David L. Woodruff – horn on "A Straight Line"
  • John 'X' – backing vocals on "Get on the Inside", mixing on "Let Me Show You", "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "She Flirts for England", "Put the Pieces Back Together" and "Breathe"
  • Jason Clift and Paul Stoney - assistant engineers (Nomis Studios - London, UK)

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael Hutchence at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  3. ^ a b "PopMatters - Michael Hutchence - "Michael Hutchence"". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Australiancharts.com – Michael Hutchence – Michael Hutchence". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1999 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Michael Hutchence – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Michael Hutchence. Retrieved 3 February 2017.