Australia, Nov. 30 in Canada), with a few tracks having other musicians such as Rob Thomas, Pat Monahan and Ben Harper on lead vocals and John Mayer on guitar.
This is the tracklist for the Canadian version of Original Sin:
1. Drum Opera (Jon Farriss/INXS)
2. Mediate (Featuring Tricky)
3. Original Sin (Featuring Rob Thomas & introducing DJ Yalediys)
4. Never Tear Us Apart (Featuring Ben Harper and Mylene Farmer)
5. Beautiful Girl (Featuring Pat Monahan)
6. New Sensation (Featuring Deborah de Corral)
7. Just Keep Walking (Featuring Dan Sultan)
8. Mystify (INXS Featuring Loane with special guitar performances by John Mayer & Kirk Pengilly)
9. To Look At You (Featuring Kav Temperley)
10. KICK (Featuring Nikka Costa)
11. Don’t Change (INXS)
12. The Stairs (Featuring JD Fortune)
A couple of interesting omissions/swaps here. It was previously reported that Brandon Flowers was singing "Beautiful Girl" (Pat Monahan now is) and Ben Harper was doing "Devil Inside", and that Rob Thomas recorded "Never Tear Us Apart" (now sung by Ben Harper) and "Need You Tonight". So Brandon Flowers is out altogether, as is Vanessa Amorosi. And "Need You Tonight" didn't make it either.
I'm not feeling the "Never Tear Us Apart" swap. I know this whole album is about reinventing/reinterpreting INXS's great songs, but this is the one song that I feel like you shouldn't really reinvent. It's too iconic. And too brilliant. I've heard two different versions of Ben Harper doing this song, and I'm not sure which one made the album - it might be this one since it's listed on the album as being with Mylene Farmer. But there's an exclusive audio preview with just Ben Harper that was posted on INXS's website. I prefer the solo one to the duet one between the two, but I'd really prefer if they had left Rob Thomas on it. He sang it with INXS live (VIDEO), and he stayed pretty true to the original.
One song that I've heard that retains the INXS sound is the last track, "The Stairs" with JD Fortune, who won Rock Star: INXS back in 2005 to become the band's lead singer. JD recorded an album with INXS, Switch, and toured with the band for a couple of years. There were stories about him being kicked out, but it appears as if that whole issue was based on miscommunication, and JD has been performing with the band again (at the Olympics and the AFL Grand Final, among other places) and will be touring with them next year in Australia. I'm glad. I always thought JD was the one most "right for our band, INXS". He may have been portrayed as a bit of a reality villain on the show, but I don't think anyone there wanted to be INXS's lead singer half as much as he did, and he clearly loved the band and their music. Plus, there's no denying that his voice fits INXS like a glove. It's eerily similar to the late Michael Hutchence, and I've always thought that he did so much justice to their old songs.
"The Stairs" is another song that JD did justice to. I'll admit that my first introduction to this song is with JD's vocals, as they sang this in their encore in concert. I had never heard it prior to that, and I immediately fell in love with it. In this new recording, JD still stays pretty true to the song, except that he gives it a more modern twist with a spoken word section towards the end. It's a really cool touch. The song is already out on Canadian iTunes and has been released to rock radio.
The other song that has been sent out to radio (CHR/HAC) is Rob Thomas' "Original Sin", which is also available now on Canadian iTunes. It's, um, different. I'm not quite sure how to feel about this one. It has this Euro-dance beat to it, and I don't really equate Rob Thomas with that kind of music. You can listen to the song at the link in the track list. There's also an edit out on YouTube that someone did that's a little bit better.
Original Sin should be out in the U.S. on Jan. 11, 2011.