Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Shine Like It Doesn't

Finding a new lead singer for your band via a reality TV competition is a recipe for success, right? Wrong. The Washington Post pans INXS's new album, Switch, which is the first to feature the band's new front man, who auditioned and was hired on a CBS show.

[T]he band's best stuff has a hunger, an urgency, that still sounds snappy and big on the radio. Without Hutchence to ignite with his Aussie mates in the studio, those qualities are missing -- because of a hastily recorded session, maybe, but mostly because of a lack of chemistry between grizzled rock veterans and an unproven reality-show pinup.

Ouch.

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