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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
10. Us
11. God’s Top Ten

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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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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 "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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5.0 out of 5 stars INXS is back Dec 4 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
First I want to say I love this album. We all want to love an entire CD when we buy it. But usually we love one or two songs and we skip over many on the CD. Not the case with Switch. It is hard to pick a favourite. JD's voice is amazing. And he seems to change it up where he doesn't sound the same on each song. The different sounds keep our interest. Pretty Vegas is a big favourite of mine. But I really love another song penned by JD called Devil's Party. This song is stuck in my head. Great first song on the CD. And for a slower pace Afterglow is amazing. JD's voice has a haunting quality to it with this song. I think the fact that most people have different favourites on this CD is very telling how good it is. Hot Girls seems to be another popular song from this album and I have friends that can't stop singing it. Buy this CD and you won't be sorry. Very entertaining. And I can't wait to see what their next CD is like. If INXS can do this while being rushed. Well the next one is going to be dynamite.
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By J.M Mah
Format:Audio CD
Switch, the much anticipated return of the Aussie rock band, INXS, who rose to fame during the 1980s, is honestly a solid effort by the group. It combines their signature style with a new lead singer, JD Fortune, who clearly embodies many of the qualities of the original lead singer of the band, Michael Hutchence. Long time fans of the band should not be disappointed; unless of course you are one of those people who believe that Michael Hutchence was the heart and soul of the band, in that case I would not recommend this album to those people. However, I would recommend that they should listen to "God's Top Ten" from the album, which I believe could be a tribute to Michael Hutchence. It is an all around good well written song and quite unique to the album. The album really targets a more mature adult contemporary rock audience and would probably not interest the teen or pre-teen market, unless of course they were really into the Rockstar:INXS reality T.V show. The album is an excellent mix of upbeat rock songs and ballads. In my opinion the best songs on the album are: "Never Let You Go", "Us", and "God's Top Ten". However, all the songs on the album are excellent and I'm sure it will captivate the target audience within the first minute of listening. The band's sound is quite eclectic, which many of the fans probably already know, but for anyone who made the effort to look up this CD on the net you should give this album a try you might be pleasantly surprised. Most of all what you should take from this review, if any thing is that you should NOT discount this album as Reality T.V Garbage, there is more there then just perfectly marketed filler. This album reminds us, well, those who had heard of and listened to the band prior to the show why the band came to fame in the first place,the only difference is that there is just someone else carrying the torch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael who? INXS returns in a big way!!
I'll never forget the first time that heard, Pretty Vegas. JD Fortune has successful filled the shoes left by Michael Hutchience. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2006 by Vader
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Effort, but needs more power in JD's voice
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 more
Published on Dec 18 2005 by Braxus
2.0 out of 5 stars Bitter disappointment
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 more
Published on Dec 15 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Real rating is 1,000 stars!!!!
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 more
Published on Dec 7 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars The Canuck brings INXS back!
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 more
Published on Dec 2 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars "switch"ed (right) on!
When I first heard about rockstar: INXS, i thought 'how ridiculous' and vowed to never watch it. How could INXS think they could replace Michael through a tv show (produced by Mark... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2005 by P. Cardinali
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of steam
After listening to this CD for an entire afternoon I figured it would grow on me but it didn't. While some songs stood out more than others, I found none of them very catchy, in... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2005 by R. Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars INXS is Back
I am very impressed. There isn't a song on this CD that I don't enjoy. I can't say that about most. Obviously some are stronger than others. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2005
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