Scott Brown
March 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Let the People Talk

Current Status
In Season
Michael Hutchence

We gave it a B-

You haven’t heard bass this comically oversynthesized since Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis got busy to the strains of Berlin’s ”Take My Breath Away” in Top Gun. But Let the People Talk, a previously unreleased solo track from late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, is in no danger of being mistaken for a make-out song. Instead, Hutchence rages against the (drum) machine, urging a companion to ignore those who would ”put a ring through your nose/As they lead you to slaughter.” ”Ain’t nobody but yourself again!” cries Hutchence, sporting strong (if digitally massaged) vocals but only a smidgen of the vaguely dangerous sex appeal that packed arenas in the late ’80s. Cheesy F/X and background singers only reinforce the suspicion that you’re listening to the world’s grittiest Backstreet Boys song.

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