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As the lead singer and songwriter of duo Savage Garden, and as a solo recording artist in his own right Darren Hayes has held a career spanning two decades. He has sold over 27 million albums globally having achieved two U.S Billboard number one singles including holding the distinction of having written the longest running A.C hit in the chart's history with ballad 'Truly Madly ... Read more in Amazon's Darren Hayes Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Powdered Sugar Productions
  • ASIN: B005N7CA3A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Stupid Mistake 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Secret Codes & Battleships was recorded around the world from Stockholm, to Los Angeles and Sydney, it sees Darren collaborate with the likes of Robert Orton (Lady Gaga), Carl Falk (The Wanted, Nicole Sherzinger, One direction), Phil Thornalley (Pixie Lott, Natalie Imbrugila), Steve Robson (Taylor Swift, Take That) and Walter Afanasieff (Savage Garden’s Affirmation album and Darren’s Spin).

BBC Review

Secret Codes and Battleships sees Darren Hayes return from a four-year break with his signature glossiness, passion for melody and aura of hushed drama. It’s a record dark and naive in equal part, and full of necessary indulgence; in expelling his demons, every sentiment and situation has the contrast turned up.

This is an album designed for Hayes’ howling melisma and strained falsetto. So far, so un-fun – but for all of the singer’s desperation, the songs are thankfully not without moments of euphoria. Some 14 years after Savage Garden’s arrival, Hayes’ path has left the glorious soft-rock schmaltz behind for a discography of edgier, sequenced sounds and personal revelation. Here, he sets off on a well-trodden track – finding triumph in desperation and catharsis in songwriting, to impressive avail.

Disconnect is the theme of Secret Codes and Battleships, an album contrastingly set in the context of a happy five-year-long marriage. While some of the analogies – such as Taken by the Sea’s "I am an island, you are the ocean" – induce a lasting grimace, there’s a touching humility running through proceedings. While not an entirely new consideration for Hayes (listen back to Strange Relationship, from his debut solo album Spin), it’s a relieving realisation, despite its indulgence.

Producers Walter Afanasieff and Carl Falk have been brought on board to throw Hayes straight back into the pop world he sprang from, and as such the gloss and sharpness of this record is remarkable; the instrumentation is rich, and the choruses consistently bright and colossal. The main misfires are the over-earnest God Walking Into the Room and Hurt, which aims for Coldplay’s syncopated grandiosity but instead simpers away into the tracklisting.

Talk Talk Talk’s compressed synths and kaleidoscopic middle-eight strive studiously towards the frantic laments of Confessions on a Dancefloor-era Madonna. Black Out the Sun, meanwhile, continues where Talk Talk Talk departs – it’s bruised and delicate but never final, the sad continuation of a communication gap set against an exultant backing.

Hayes mostly knows what suits him, which is fortunate for all involved; feelings are exaggerated throughout, rewarding long-term fans’ patience with an album so very human and imperfect, an unshielded account of both personal and universal emotions. But the mastery comprises something bigger and harder to come by – Darren Hayes’ songs quite marvellously manage a balance between sharp observations and out-and-out effortless melodies. --Natalie Shaw

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Burton VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2011
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Darren Hayes has virtually written the soundtrack of my life - I've been a fan since the early days of Savage Garden and my first exposure to him was on Nickelodeon! Even as an adult, though, he continues to deliver songs that I adore and that somehow manage to dig deeper than most other musicians can manage. This is the first of his albums, though, where I'd happily listen to each and every song on repeat. The lyrics and the music are both incredibly well done, and let's be honest, his voice is so beautiful that he could sing my grocery list and I'd still be happy to listen. A must-buy for any fan of Darren or simply excellent pop music - this was worth the wait. I've listened to it on repeat more or less constantly since release and simply fall in love more each time I listen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ashley Briscoe on 28 Oct. 2011
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......but this guy simply has one of the best voices - he could sing a daily newspaper and it would be fantastic - I would say that since going solo, his other albums have contained some songs that stand out a little more but that is partly because they contain some songs that haven't fully played to his talents,but I feel that this album is '...the bee's knee's...' from start to finish - there isn't a track or two that I skip past.

I am only on my third listen, so I know my love of this album wil grow and grow and I will enjoy for years to come - at the moment I have Roses on repeat.

Thank you Darren and long may you enjoy success.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rocket on 30 Oct. 2011
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Darren's 4th solo album, amazing, the vocals are sublime. Darren Hayes has got to be one of the most underrated singer/song writers.

This new album is different again to his earlier solo albums, it has been said it is much more like the work he did during the Savage Garden years.

Whatever it is to you, to me it is brilliant.

My personal favourites are Taken By The Sea, Don't Give Up, Stupid Mistake and especially the heart breaking Blackout The Sun and Bloodstained Heart.

Don't miss this one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Breese on 14 Nov. 2011
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I have never bought a Darren Hayes CD prior to this and was only persuaded, by the track `Stupid Mistake' being played on Radio 2. I have to say that this is an excellent pop album, full of strong melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Go and buy. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mumsi101 on 19 Oct. 2012
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Darren Hayes still has THAT VOICE. These tracks are less complex than his last album but for all that they are fabulous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris g on 12 Sept. 2012
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Having listened to Darren Hayes since his Savage Garden days, and then onto 'spin' 'tension and the spark' etc etc, I was straight in to buy this (mp3 download) when it was released.

Have to admit I wasn't over the moon on the first couple of listens....However.

Having stuck with it, and played it on repeat a few times I'm hooked....Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Dearden on 25 July 2012
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First you get Savage Garden (QUALITY) and you think now they are no more what now?
Well you get (Just more QUALITY). This album is just superb from start to finish, long may it continue I say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 July 2012
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The delivery was fast and the cd was in perfect condition. everything worked great and also I fall in love with the music over and over again :)
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