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Secret Codes & Battleships [Double CD]

Darren Hayes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Powdered Sugar Productions
  • ASIN: B005N7CA6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Taken By The Sea
2. Don't Give Up
3. Nearly Love
4. Black Out The Sun (Album Version)
5. Talk Talk Talk
6. Bloodstained Heart
7. God Walking Into The Room
8. Hurt
9. Roses
10. Stupid Mistake
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Explode
2. Perfect
3. Tiny Little Flashlights
4. Nothing
5. Glorious
6. Talk Talk Talk (Live in the Attic)
7. Black Out The Sun (Live in the Attic)

Product Description

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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CD Description

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).

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Gorgeous 24 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Darren Hayes is the most under appreciated singer/songwriters of the last decade.

There are some absolutely gorgeous pop songs on this album. Not simple throwaway pop easily forgotten in five minutes songs, but tracks that you will listen to for the rest of your life and never tire of.

My personal favourites are Bloodstained Heart, Cruel Cruel World, Stupid Mistake, Hurt, Nearly Love, Don't Give Up, Roses, Taken By The Sea, Siren Song and God Walking Into The Room.... yes that is the entire tracklist of the standard edition CD. What can I say... its a beautiful album.

These are songs that you can get lost in.

It's quite simply brilliant.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You! 24 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
There are moments in life when you find an artist...who can somehow sing your inner life, become the comfort you reach for in hard times, or just make you happy. Darren Hayes' music is that sunshine and comfort for me, and while I can't speak for anyone else, I can happily say this album is worth the wait and a new musical hug from one of the most under appreciated artists of the past almost twenty years. So, thank you Darren for keeping on putting your heart out there, and for giving us all a little moment to reflect, that maybe in the end happiness is truly around the corner, and life can be a beautiful thing.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Darren Hayes brings us his first new album in four years Secret Codes and Battleships. After listening to the album multiple times before writing this review I can proudly say it was well worth the wait. With the combination of Darrens voice, lyrics, and instruments blending all seamlessly together this is a perfect example of pop art. After the amazing dark Tension and The Spark, and beautiful This Delicate Thing We've Made I wondered how Darren could keep up the momentum. WIth Secret Codes and Battleships it brings us bits and pieces of those beautiful past albums, but also brings us that pop sound we all grew to love from the Savage Garden days plus a new sound all together. The combination of all of these makes this album so beautiful and one of the best pop albums to come out in years. Not since Madonna or Michael Jacksons earlier albums have I been so blown away by a pop album that is good from start to finish. I absolutely love the entire album, but My favorite songs are Bloodstained Heart, God Walking Into The Room, Hurt, Stupid Mistake, The Sirens Call, Nothing, Perfect, Tiny Little Flashlights, and Glorious.

Darren has one of the most amazing voices with emotion that just evokes the listener and awakens something inside the heart, and that is what art should do. I highly recommend this amazing album!

Standard Edition''
1. Taken By the Sea
'2. Don't Give Up
'3. Nearly Love
'4. Black Out the Sun
'5. Talk Talk Talk'
6. Bloodstained Heart
'7. God Walking Into the Room'
8. Hurt
'9. Roses
'10. Stupid Mistake
'11. Cruel Cruel World '
12. The Siren's Call ''

Deluxe Edition includes the above plus:''
1. Explode
'2. Perfect
'3. Tiny Little Flashlights
'4. Nothing
'5. Glorious
'6. Talk Talk Talk (live in the attic)
'7. Black Out the Sun (live in the attic)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 25 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The newly released CD by Darren Hayes is an absolute classic. Full of gorgeous songs and melodies. Why 'Black Out The Sun' hasn't been a huge hit is beyond belief, it is, without question the best song of the last few years and his voice is spectacular. Buy this CD you won't be disappointed and if you get the chance go to see Mr Hayes in concert - a legend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playful Codes and Battleships 25 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
"Secret Codes and Battleships" by Darren Hayes is a superb album. I strongly concur with other fans who say that the wait for this album was worth it. There are so many wonderful musical tracks on this cd that it is challenging to pinpoint which ones were the best. I also completely understand that personal musical favorites are going to be subjective, especially with this collection. In addition, songs of "Secret Codes and Battleships" contain fun and exciting dance/pop elements. I would have to pinpoint the musical diamonds of "Taken by the Sea" and "God Walking Into the Room" as my two personal favorites. "Taken by the Sea" appears to be about coming to terms with having romantic feelings for someone that would conflict with what is logically acceptable. "God Walking Into the Room" is a high-quality musical track about knowing someone that has multiple positive qualities. The deluxe edition is worth it because of the excellent additional musical tracks that contain musical versions of musical versions of mini stories (including a strong "Attic" remix of "Talk Talk"). "Secret Codes and Battle Ships" is recommended for many who enjoy any one of Darren Hayes musical tracks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe, the best Album ever 24 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
It's been 4 years in the making and Secret Codes and Battleships was definetly worth the wait. This is a fantastic album which is full of thoughtful, soulful pop songs. We all knew Darren Hayes had a magnificent voice, and he doesn't disappoint.
Hayes has been in the studio working with many other creative talents such as Swedish producer Carl Falk (Nicole Sherzinger, Taio Cruz),Walter Afanasieff and Phil Thornalley. Stand out tracks on the album are 'Black out the Sun', 'Hurt', 'Bloodstained Heart and the uptempo 'Talk Talk Talk' but you'll be hard pressed to find any weaknesses on this brilliant album, this is a must record have for your music collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning
Darren Hayes has the most marvellous voice, and produces some of the best material I have ever heard. Read more
Published 5 months ago by localfreak
5.0 out of 5 stars I just adore Darren Hayes!
Awesome CD, I am never unhappy with a Darren Hayes purchase! He is just so theatrical in his writing style, and I love that!
Published 9 months ago by Eadig65
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it
As a big Darren Hayes fan, I really love this CD. It is SO good, and I've listened to every single song at least thousand times since I've bought it.
Published 11 months ago by M.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning!
I bought this CD a few weeks ago and haven't been able to stop listening to it. It's beautiful. I've been a fan since early days Savage Garden and I think this CD is just... Read more
Published 12 months ago by SuzyQ
5.0 out of 5 stars ref secret codes and battle ships
its brilliant, darren has the voice of an angel he sounds more like his savage garden days on this cd.
Published 13 months ago by angela moses
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew i loved you before I met you....
Amazing album from an amazing singer and performer - these heartfelt songs will make you want to laugh, dance, sing and sometimes cry,

Heavily played by Radio 2 - so... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
The best CD Darren has made so far!! Fantastic!! Would definately recommend!! Have bought my friends a copy of it 2!!
Published 15 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Darren is a genius!
I have always loves Darren and I have been luck enough to meet him. His voice, his lyrics... everything is just so deep and perfect!
Published 15 months ago by S.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Darren Hayes......MAGIC!
I got the double album version,absolute perfection! The whole album is great,Bloodstained Heart,Roses,God Walking Into The Room stand out as my favourite tracks,but its one album... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Peter Rabbit 1962
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever
briiliant just the best ever
Now starting to collect all Darren Hayes works
scanning a few years so should be able to buy all
Published 23 months ago by susie
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