"What have I done to piss the Gods off ?" sings Terence Trent D'Arby on his garage band-ish R&B track from 1989. This adventurous recording is so raw and exciting that I can't imagine it displeasing the residents of Mount Olympus, but perhaps the answer to D'Arby's ecclesiastical query had something to do with him accepting the offer to become the lead singer of INXS after Michael Hutchence had shed his mortal coiled microphone cord. Not sure. I was not completely sold on the "new Prince" mantle that was handed to D'Arby when he emerged in the late '80s. Yet this bold choice of a lead-off single from his second LP, with it's sparse floor-tom rhythm, psychedelic strings, slashes of ricochet guitars bouncing from ear to ear, all tied together in a loose bow with a tough riff and hoarse vocal, should have made Prince just a little bit jealous.
On iTunes: Terence Trent D'Arby / "This Side of Love"