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.