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Classic rock band INXS returns with a new album along with a new lead singer! After choosing JD Fortune as the new lead singer for INXS on the hit reality show Rockstar, the band is back with a new fire in their songs but with just as much passion for the music as they did with the late Michael Hutchence. Their new album Switch features 10 smokin' new tracks including their new single and chart-topping hit 'Pretty Vegas'! Epic. 2005.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Disc was in great shape and still think the band was pretty awesome even without MichaelPublished 8 months ago by Roy M. P. Hanlan
I'll never forget the first time that heard, Pretty Vegas. JD Fortune has successful filled the shoes left by Michael Hutchience. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2006 by Jason Hutton
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... Read morePublished on Dec 18 2005 by Braxus
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... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2005
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! Read morePublished on Dec 7 2005
Just listened this in my car - it arrived this morning and I couldn't wait to have time to listen to it in its entirety -- uninterrupted. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2005