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For the related INXS song, see Listen Like Thieves (song). Listen Like Thieves_sentence_0

Listen Like Thieves is the fifth studio album by the Australian rock band INXS. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_1

It was released on 14 October 1985. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_2

It spent two weeks at number one on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_3

Considered an international breakthrough album for the band, it peaked at No. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_4

11 on the United States Billboard 200, No. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_5

24 on the Canadian RPM 100 Albums and top 50 in the United Kingdom. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_6

The album featured the band's first top 5 single in the U.S., "What You Need", and it also won the group the Countdown Music and Video Award for 'Best Video' with that single, a sign of the critical acclaim that INXS had achieved. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_7

Listen Like Thieves also marks the beginning of the group's off-and-on alliance with producer Chris Thomas. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_8

Background Listen Like Thieves_section_0

Listen Like Thieves is the fifth studio album by INXS. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_9

The Sydney-based group had formed in 1977 by the three Fariss brothers: Andrew on guitar and keyboards, Jon on percussion and drums, and Tim on guitar, along with Garry Gary Beers on bass guitar, Michael Hutchence as lead vocalist, and Kirk Pengilly on guitar, saxophone, and vocals. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_10

Their previous album, The Swing (April 1984), had local chart success peaking at number one on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart and No. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_11

6 in New Zealand. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_12

Although appearing on international charts – No. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_13

52 on United States Billboard 200, and No. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_14

27 on the Canadian RPM 100 Albums – INXS wanted to improve their worldwide impact. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_15

After recording their last album in New York and Oxfordshire, they returned to Sydney where they worked with Chris Thomas (Sex Pistols, Pretenders, Roxy Music, Elton John) producing at Rhinoceros Studios. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_16

Recording and production Listen Like Thieves_section_1

Listen Like Thieves was recorded over a three-month period at the Rhinoceros studio in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_17

Many of the album's songs were written by the song writing duo of vocalist Hutchence and multi-instrumentalist Farriss. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_18

As production came close to completion, Thomas told the band that the album was lacking a crucial hit single, so the band members left the studio having just a few days to come up with one last song. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_19

"Chris Thomas told us there was still no 'hit'", Farriss later recalled. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_20

"We left the studio that night knowing we had one day left and we had to deliver a 'hit'. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_21

Talk about pressure." Listen Like Thieves_sentence_22

Both Hutchence and Farriss searched through the demos that Farriss had composed throughout the album's production. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_23

Out of the remaining demos, Thomas persuaded the duo to focus on one particular demo titled "Funk Song no 13". Listen Like Thieves_sentence_24

"It was great. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_25

I thought, 'I could listen to that groove for 10 minutes!' Listen Like Thieves_sentence_26

I said, 'Let's work with that groove'", said Thomas. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_27

INXS spent the next two days working on the demo track, which would eventually turn out to be the hit single "What You Need", giving the band their first top 5 hit in the U.S. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_28

Reception Listen Like Thieves_section_2

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PitchforkListen Like Thieves_cell_0_3_0 8.0/10Listen Like Thieves_cell_0_3_1
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AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted that with Listen Like Thieves the band "completes its transition into an excellent rock & roll singles band". Listen Like Thieves_sentence_29

However "the new configuration only works for three songs", which were its first three singles, "What You Need", "Listen Like Thieves" and "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)". Listen Like Thieves_sentence_30

Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, opined that it had "a much harder sound than heard on previous INXS records, but somehow it lacked the pop smarts that had made The Swing so appealing". Listen Like Thieves_sentence_31

Rolling Stone's Parke Puterbaugh felt the group were "going for the jugular – or is that the groin?" Listen Like Thieves_sentence_32

and with Thomas they "forge an unlikely union between the sonic extremism of Led Zeppelin-style crunch rock and the step-lively beat of disco" such that the album "rocks with passion and seals the deal with a backbeat that'll blackmail your feet". Listen Like Thieves_sentence_33

Track listing Listen Like Thieves_section_4

All tracks are written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence, unless otherwise indicated. Listen Like Thieves_sentence_34

Personnel Listen Like Thieves_section_5

Personnel as listed in the album's liner notes are: Listen Like Thieves_sentence_35

Charts and certifications Listen Like Thieves_section_6

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