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Switch [Enhanced]

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1. Devil’s Party
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6. Remember Who’s Your Man
7. Hungry
8. Never Let You Go
9. Like It or Not
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11. God’s Top Ten

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Switch, INXS's first release since re-fashioning itself as a prime-time reality show spectacle, could earn somebody an A in sociology. A poll of inter-generational hipsters is bound to show that the degree to which you like it correlates directly to your age. The over-30 crowd--those who once shimmied to the late Michael Hutchence's hugely sexy vocal turns on hits such as "Need You Tonight" and "What You Need"--might have a hard time dissing it, mainly because J.D. Fortune succeeds so unswervingly at imitating him. On the other hand... there it is: imitation doesn't always sit well with the generation that recently ripped into Paul Rodgers for parading around stages as Freddy Mercury, and as much as 30-something rock sophisticates will want to relive INXS's heyday, they'll do so suspiciously without Hutchence at the helm. Younger fans, on the other hand--the ones that discovered the band on reality TV--can enjoy J.D. Fortune and co. without reservation, and they will love this disc best. For them, "Devil's Party" (reminiscent of "Original Sin") will arrive without reference, thereby making near-impossible funk-rock coolness seem new. Ditto that effect on "Pretty Vegas," a vampy number co-written by Fortune that owes its guitar riff to "Devil Inside." "Like It or Not" and "Hot Girls," two other standouts, also go a long way toward peeling away the poser tag Hutchence fans may want to affix to Fortune, but may not entirely remove it. For some fans, Hutchence's "Never Tear Us Apart" plea is a personal thing. --Tammy La Gorce

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INXS ~ Switch

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5.0 out of 5 stars Switched On! Nov. 23 2005
By The BMW
Format:Audio CD
Thanks to a full-length preview on VH1.com, I've been fortunate to listen to the entire CD. All I can say is WOW! JD sounds so much like the late-Michael Hutchence in some places, it's just scary. I've already got this sucker on pre-order, and I can't wait to sit down and learn this CD on both guitar and drums! Welcome back INXS, and welcome to the fold, JD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael who? INXS returns in a big way!! Aug. 1 2006
By Vader
Format:Audio CD
I'll never forget the first time that heard, Pretty Vegas. JD Fortune has successful filled the shoes left by Michael Hutchience. Pretty Vegas, Devil's Party and Afterglow are the best songs on the album. Switch proves that Inxs have better days ahead and let's hope that JD Fortune continues to thrive in the band. Inxs is back and better than ever.

Michael who?
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JD Fortune, Rockstar's mischievous, scheming Canadian boy, has siezed the crown once held by the late, great Michael Hutchence as the frontman of dance rock pioneer band INXS. It was a just win. Fortune has the same singing style, phrasing and oddly important sex appeal that Hutchence had, and things seem to be working out fantastically for the band, as they embark on an extended tour across North America.
The good news? 'Switch' is a good album. It is reminiscent of INXS' older material, without being cheap or over-the-top. It has elements of the 1980s mixed in with Fortune's new, fresh style, a winning combination for an 80s band attempting to re-invent themselves. Judging by their commercial success, re-invention works.
The bad news? There is little bad news, except for the fact that there are two or three weak tracks which lack the punch and pizazz of the others.
It's clear that JD has brought 'fortune' to the band. 'Switch' shines like a real, polished dance/rock album with grit, groove and sex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hit! Feb. 10 2006
By Estrild
Format:Audio CD
Hi fans! I am saddened by the slighting remarks made by amazon's official reviewer. They have the wrong idea. I was a big INXS fan in the 80's and I like JD. He's not a poser, he is/was honestly and profoundly inspired and nurtured by Michael and the INXS music we loved in the past. I feel he carries part of Michael's spirit in him and in such is a perfect choice for the band. He's not trying to be Michael, he is definately himself and does honour to Michael on the album, especialy in God's Top Ten, which is a beautiful song and I began to cry when Suzie sang the first line, "Romance is gone". The song's just a beautiful ode to Michael and his little girl, the real man. Thank you Andrew. I was concerned the album might be calous and raunchy at first with Hot Girls and Perfect Strangers (and the calculated title and cover art), then in came more thoughtfull songs. It's a quality, experienced album. Pretty Vegas sounds bettert than it did on tv. The album has JD's edgey personality in it, but also strikes a balance that makes an old fan like me feel happy. It's refreshing to hear INXS again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Effort, but needs more power in JD's voice Dec 18 2005
By Braxus
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to this CD for a week now. I must say its a pretty good effort for a comeback album. My favorite track is God's Top Ten, but I also like Devil's Party, Hot Girls, and Never Let You Go. I have listened to INXS since the 80s and pretty much have all their albums. JD does a good job mimicking Hutchence's voice, but he doesn't have the power in his voice to compare to Michael. He seems more soft toned. All in all I still like the album and it beats some if INXS efforts late in their history as a band with Michael. When I was at the store picking it up, their were 2 left on the wrack and it was in #1 spot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bitter disappointment Dec 15 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was the most rabid Rock Star INXS fan and could not wait for this CD to come out. Sadly, it's obvious they rushed this one through the mill to capitalize on the momentum from fans of the show...like me. Pretty Vegas is watered down and neutered and lost it's raw edge, many of the lyrics are innane, Hot Girls, Never Let You Go...yikes! For me a disappointment, like they were skating through this one. Fortune seems to have some chops however, and hopefully they will let him bring some edginess into their next effort. However, check out Suzie MacNeil's voice on a few tracks - she's got smokin' pipes and I'm sure she will do amazing with her career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real rating is 1,000 stars!!!! Dec 7 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I thought I would go nuts waiting for this to be released. Totally hooked on "Pretty Vegas", but "Devil's Party" is absolutely out of this world!
We LOVE JD and we LOVE INXS. It has felt like a music drought, and it's now raining spectacular tunes from "SWITCH".
Thank you INXS !!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "They're Back ! and not going anywhere. Dec 6 2005
By Red
Format:Audio CD
INXS is back full force with the new c.d. Switch. JD Fortune, the only one who had the vocals to pull it off is "ROIT" as the new front-man. I was one of the sceptics who thought the whole show, and search to try and replace Michael was going to be a joke. It wasn't, you could see through editing and a cheesy reality show, that this was serious business for INXS. JD Fortune proved to be a standout and deservedly won the title.
Songs on the album have the INXS sound that fans have been missing. JD sometimes sounds so much like Hutch , its scary. The album does sound new though, not like your listening to the old stuff, which is still great BTW. As far as not being a c.d. for the younger crowd, I beg to differ. My 13 year old has it in her c.d. player, and listens to it at school. She knows the words to it better than I do. She lets classmates listen to a few of the catchy songs like Hot Girls, and Devil's Party, and they are giving it thumbs up. Your never too young for good music.This is one album that I put on repeat, not just one or two songs like I usually do, the whole thing, its that good.
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