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Album Review

On "Good Enough," a track from his debut solo album, Spin, former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes confesses that he sometimes dances to the music of Britney Spears and that he loves everything Steven Spielberg has ever done. These are not surprising admissions. Savage Garden sold millions of records by keeping up with the latest trends in pop and turning out a series of unabashed romantic ballads starting with "Truly Madly Deeply"; on his own, Hayes proposes to do exactly the same thing. To that end he has employed Walter Afanasieff — who previously worked with Savage Garden and has handled recordings by such mass pop acts as Mariah Carey and Celine Dion — to produce, arrange, and, as he acknowledges in his extensive thank yous, play nearly all the instruments on the album, while also co-writing five of the 12 songs. Much of Afanasieff's playing is, in fact, programming; there are few real musical instruments to be heard on the disc. As usual, the commercially minded producer has kept up with trends in pop and his music is reminiscent of the sounds that have been at the top of the charts in the early 2000s, especially in the music of Spears, Backstreet Boys, and *NSync. Dance tracks like "Heart Attack" and "I Miss You" might as well be the work of such peers. Of course, this is not to say that Hayes and Afanasieff have forgotten Savage Garden's bread-and-butter concern, the big ballad. "Insatiable," the first single, is intended to have the same kind of run on the adult contemporary charts that the Savage Garden hits did, and "I Can't Ever Get Enough of You" is waiting in the wings. Just about everything about this record is contrived and synthetic, but that won't keep it from selling.

Customer Reviews

Good First "On Own" Album

I was a HUGE fan of Savage Garden and when they broke up I was devastated, but when I heard about Darren's cd, I was excited. I bought it the moment it hit stores and was surprised on how good it was. It wasn't Savage Garden, but it was a good first try. My fav song is Like It or Not. The most wonderful lyrics and Darren's beautiful voice makes this cd worth buying!

Decent Solo CD

I must say I like the albums by Savage Garden a great deal more but this isn't bad for Darren's first solo album. If you are a big fan like myself I suggest looking around for his second album called The Tension and the Spark. I am simply in love with it and am very suprised more people don't know about it. Hopefully some day it will be available from iTunes. I had to purchase mine on ebay from Japan.... It has much better lyircs than this one.

Amazing Debut Album

This is a pretty decent album from the former Savage Garden singer, Darren's amazing voice on a couple of special songs of mine including Insatiable, I can't ever get enough of you and like it or not are amazing, like Somegirl87 said get his Tension and Spark album I also had to purchase it on EBay from Japan amazing second album, Dublin Sky, Feel, Void and Hero are great songs, keep it coming Darren.

Biography

Born: May 8, 1972 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

San Francisco-based pop/rock singer/songwriter Darren Hayes (born Darren Stanley Hayes) used to organize performances at home at a very young age supported by his mother, who became his first fan. After getting involved in school plays, the young and promising artist had the opportunity to join Daniel Jones in an outfit originally called Crush. They formed Savage Garden in 1997 in their native Brisbane, Australia. Hayes ended his marriage and decided to settle in the U.S. while Daniel Jones stayed...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary
  • Released: Mar 14, 2002

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