This is the only album which has earned Hayes deserved respect from his peers and his industry.
This work is a far cry from his days as Savage Garden front man, and distances him even further from his intial solo effort 'Spin'. Whereas 'Spin' saw Hayes attempting to recreate the trademark Savage Garden sound, with an R&B edge, 'The Tension And The Spark' sees him soar as a singer and defines him as an astounding songwriter.
The album sees Hayes breathtaking vocals swim over a sea of elctronica which reflects the gritty emotional lyrics superbly.
The disc chronicles what has obviously been a difficult period for Hayes, with songs such as "Darkness" "Unlovable" and "Void" relating an acute depth unlikely to be found in most contemporary releases. However, the album is not bleak, and sees Hayes turning to hope in tracks such as "Feel" and "Light", commenting on modern day celebrity with the satirical "Pop!ular" and even the development of his own persona throughout his career in "Ego".
Long-term Hayes/Savage Garden fans should not expect to be disappointed, he retains his unquestionable vocal quality and furthers his range, higher and lower than ever, and still manages to include a heart-felt ballad in the form of "Dublin Sky". Even fans he won over with Spin, can expect to be entertained with the thumping throbbing beats of "I Like The Way" and "Love and Attraction".
The nature of this album's emminence is to be found in the bold change of direction for Hayes, and what is undoubtedly his best work yet.
This album is a triumph.