INXS — “Beautiful Girl”
(from Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) ) — Beautiful

A and I went to the movies last night to (finally!) catch up with the Wall Street sequel — my final verdict: Michael Douglas is fabulous, Shia LaBeouf holds his own, and the story is far too broad and too shallow for any of it to stick — and before the main event, we caught the trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway’s upcoming romantic drama Love and Other Drugs, which features this terrific tune, INXS’ final flirtation with top 40 stateside success. “Girl” by no means possesses the deceptive, intoxicating complexity of their late ’80s breakthrough smashes “Need You Tonight” and “Devil Inside,” but the late Michael Hutchence’s timeless, sweetly simple vocal work here is elegantly haunting.

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