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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.

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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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  • Audio CD (November 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Burnett/Epic
  • ASIN: B000BR346E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Vernon on November 29, 2005
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It's amazing how many established acts have come roaring back with strong, vital releases this year. Add INXS to the list which includes Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and yes, Neil Diamond.

I'm not comparing INXS to Neil Diamond other than to say that like Diamond, INXS delivers a CD that is instantly recognizable with the best of their past work. If you wonder where INXS was going with "Full Moon Dirty Hearts" or "Elegantly Wasted," the answer is: back home where they could create "Switch."

My suggestion for a worthy example of their homecoming would be the song "Perfect Strangers." Specifically, just wait until Kirk Pengilly signs in with his brilliant signature saxophone. It's an INXS song that could easily have been found on "Kick" "X" or "Welcome to Wherever You Are."

There's a healthy mix of ballads that are equally INXS-strong. "Remember Who's Your Man" could have well been sung by Michael Hutchence (and it would have been great). However it isn't sung by Michael: and in my opinion, it's equally great. Newcomer JD Fortune nails it.

Yes he won his job on a reality TV show. I'm fascinated by people that discredit this process, when at the end of the day, what it amounted to for INXS was ultimately the longest audition process in rock and roll history. (Anyone who knows of a band that spent more time with as many singers please correct me.)

JD sounds here like the JD of the television show- his range is impressive, his attitude is sexual and arrogant and everything right about INXS and what Michael Hutchence exuded on songs like "Devil Inside" and "Need You Tonight." If you watched the show, you'll likely agree that INXS made the right choice and Mr. Fortune is "Roit For Our Band: INXS."

"Switch" is also roit for OB: INXS. Welcome home boys.
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I've been a fan of INXS since their breakthrough hit "What You Need" back in 1986, becoming my favorite rock band almost immediately afterward. Their lyrics, their hooks, their considerable skill and charisma....the whole package. The death of Hutch was a devastating loss, keeping me away from INXS music for a time (too painful to listen to it). Eventually, I came back to the band through "Shine Like It Does" (the greatest hits CDs) and the wonderful DVD collection of their music videos (recommended!), so you can imagine how intrigued I was by the "Rockstar: INXS" series last summer.

As I got into watching the show, it was great seeing "The Boys" again, having always perceived INXS as so much more than just Michael Hutchence. Having these talented creators "silenced" for seven or eight years added to the tragedy of Hutch's death. As "Rockstar" progressed, I was really pulling for Marty Casey and (as the producers probably intended) saw J.D. Fortune as an irritation (the pre-requisite "villain" for all reality TV shows). For the first half of the series, J.D. came off as a joke with no hope of winning the prize....but he came on much stronger the final weeks of the competition. So strong, in fact, I was pretty conflicted about sticking to the "J.D.'s a jerk" sentiment. Right up to the finale, I was hoping Marty would pull it off, while at the same time realizing that J.D. really DID have the chops to do INXS-style music.

And so it was. J.D. won, and here I am listening to the first new INXS CD in over eight years. I've gotta say it was quite a moving experience hearing the style of music I'd loved so much working in new, contemporary directions....with a new lead singer who absolutely deserves to be there.

Really.

J.D. Fortune is fantastic.
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WOW the new front man is really close to what the band use to sound like. I am impressed. Thier first release sounds just like the band when it was in thier prime. Here is to a comeback! There are a couple of songs on the album that take the band away from thier big hit days, but who cares. At least they are still trying to slip in a little innovation. THis is a great album if you love the sound of the 80's INXS. THEY'RE BACK!
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I never was a fan of INXS in the 1980's because I found their sound to much of pop and too less rock. This album is the flip side and with J.D. Fortune at the driver's seat, this is a fantastic sound. Rock is back on the radio. Here are the reviews judged on structure and content of each song, because I don't know too much about the band so I can't compare this CD to previous ones. All I can offer is an honest review to a casual or first time fan:

Devil's Party (3:26) - Fantastic opener. High energy from the whole band. Extremely catchy and reminds me how rock music should sound. Addicted to the sound as of writing this as I keep hitting the repeat button.

Pretty Vegas (3:25) - Easily the favorite of anyone picking up this CD. Sounds close to Devil's Party, but different in enough to make it an equal stand-out.

Afterglow (4:09) - Hit me blindside as a slower song after two huge energetic songs at first. Opening reminds me of U2's "With Or Without You." This track gets high praise for not allowing the listener to fall asleep through the slow music, but to just "drift away." Excellent Song.

(By Now, I Say To Myself, "Keep These Awesome Songs Coming...")

Hot Girls (3:33) - Judging by the title, I expected this song to be fun. I was happy to see that is was just that and never sappy or sugar-coated. To me, this was the lowest point at first listen (which is not bad at all because the lowest song on the CD is probably a 9.5/10) but it is one to grow on you. Two or three spins will have this song stuck in your head and you will be singing along.

Perfect Strangers (4:12) - By this song, I am in love with the smoothness and slight edge to JD Fortune's vocals. This is another upbeat song.
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