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I can see why Virgin (and any other label Divinyls may have taken thisCD to)chose not to release "Underworld" here in theStates:Coming off their most successful release ever, 1991's polished,hugely popular "Divinyls", "Underworld", on firstlisten, has a rough, uneven sound to it. Most record execs wereprobably scratching their heads, wondering why a band that had finallymade it was messing with a hit formula. However, if you give"Underworld" a chance - and three or four listens! - anumber of it's charms will rise to the surface. But before we get tothose charms let's discuss what I don't like about"Underworld." First, and foremost, there's theproduction....there's a raw, unfinished, demo quality to it, almostlike the band was trying to recapture their punk roots. Unfortunately,rather than assimilating that sound into who they are now, yet showingthey...
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What can I say about this, or any other DiVinyls album, that'll possibly do it justice? They're probably my favorite recording group of all time, and like all their albums, "Underworld" is an absolute must-have. Here in North America, DiVinyls seem to be known almost exclusively for their 1991 self-titled album and the "I Touch Myself" single, which is a shame, because as awesome as that song and that album are, they're only part of an outstanding repertoire of music. Knowing a band like this for one song only - no matter how good that song - is an appalling injustice, akin to recognizing a rainbow for one colour only. On the CD itself, there are again zero weak tracks, the DiVinyls being one of the few bands to have never delivered even a single let-down. To point out a few of the many high points - "Hard On Me", the opening track, is the musical quintessence of 'erotic'. Not the somber, never-smile 'erotic' that seems to be the only variety professional...
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Although their self titled cd,"Divinyls" was their best selling album,thanks to "I touch Myself,"the Divinyls had legal problems with Virgin records,and didn't record for years. Finally,in 1996,Divinyls released "Underworld", in Australia. This collection is compelling,due to it's dazzling volcals,by Christina Amphlette,and less polished than their self titled album. It also offers sme of their strongest material,including "I'm jelous", 'Open windows",and especially,"Human on the inside".It is very unfortunate this collection was not released in the United States,as both AOL rock stations,and Alternative formats would have had huge hits with this cd. It is highly recommended