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December 01, 1985

The INXS concert review proffered by Robert Hilburn ("INXS From Down Under Plots Its Way to the Top," Nov. 16) resembled, at best, a mediocre college term paper on the pros and cons of comparisons.

Critics are paid to express judgments of the merits and faults of a group's performance during a concert, to explicate the musical philosophy, to opine.

It was, therefore, disappointing to read a "review" which compared in detail every aspect of INXS with five different acts (including Bruce Springsteen, of course) but failed to REVIEW THE CONCERT. It was an uncalled-for treatise.

Please critique a group based on its own unique abilities, not everyone elses.

LAURA LOUISE BALL

Hollywood Hills

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