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The Tension and the Spark

Darren Hayes Audio CD
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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 (13 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0002QCBE0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Unlovable (Album Version) 5:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Void (Album Version) 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Forgive You (Album Version) 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Feel (Album Version) 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Love and Attraction (Album Version) 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sense Of Humor (Album Version) 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Ego (Album Version) 4:310.99  Buy MP3 

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The Tension and the Spark is the new album from Australian singer/songwriter, Darren Hayes and follow up to his multi-million selling debut solo album Spin. This time around, Darren has worked with a team of cutting-edge producers to create a more experimental electronic sound and has bared his soul in the deeply personal and confessional lyrics. The first single to be taken from the album, "Pop!ular" is a satirical comment on the fickleness of fame.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius. 20 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
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.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
From the first few notes of the first song, Darkness, you know that this is totaly different from any of Darrens previous work both solo and in Savage Garden. However, this is most certainly a positive thing. The music is most definetely electronic, but this, rather than detracting from, adds to the deeply personal lyrical content of the songs and creates music which is very original and beautiful. Perhaps most suprising is the lack of ballads. However, this is made up by the multitude of beautiful songs such as 'Unlovable' which is almost an anti-ballad in its lyrical content but just as beautiful as a Darren ballad in the trademark Darren vocal. POP!Ular is the most 'pop' record on the album which eases the public into the new electronic sound but doesn't really prepare you for the massive departure which is 'The Tension and the Spark'. Any Darren fan will buy this immediately - but I'd recommend it for anybody who likes listening to deeply personal and beautiful music.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey out of darkness.... 27 Aug 2004
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Format:Audio CD
If you think you know this artist... think again. Now and then an album breaks the surface of your complacency and rattles your beliefs and shakes up everything you've previously held true... and this is such an album. Darren Hayes is not a "new" artist. You can't have lived through the 90's without being affected by his way with a ballad. And yet everything he does on this album IS new. It's electronic in inception...but not the chilly Euro-tech sort of electronic you may have come to associate with the term. Hayes proves that there IS soul in the machine. It's organic in performance (you may not recognise the name but you'll certainly recognise the voice) and unexpected in sound. The melodic turns and flourishes you might remember from his previous work are still there (but skewed and given a much harder, leaner edge), and all the lyrical depth... and more. Much more. Above all, this is a work of brutal honesty, intensely personal, inward-focusing, about the contrast between the light in our lives and the dark that sometimes eclipses it. Not an easy listen. In fact, there are parts that will test your tolerance, break your heart, and leave you questioning the very nature of happiness. Illusion? Disillusion? Impossibility? You'll be surprised, and reassured, by the end.
So, after all that... how does it SOUND? Like the album Darren Hayes was always meant to make. In other words... not like anything else you've ever heard.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost for words! 18 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since Spin, Darren must have been to hell and back. He's partied hard, and this is his hangover album. It's a very personal album and all the better for it. This is an album of someone growing up and finally taking responsibility for his actions.
The album is full of electronica - 80's synth styles to squelchy beats - this could have gone horribly wrong but it's been done VERY stylishly. I suppose it's the only thing Darren could have done after his time in Savage Garden and his first album Spin. This is new territory for Mr Hayes, but he seems to be finding his way around very well indeed.
I won't review each track - but here's a few of my faves:
'Darkness' is an inspired opener for this album - a deep, dark and brooding confession of self loathing and misplacement. I can't tell you how many times I've listened to this one track over and over again (usually with a tear in my eye - kind of struck a chord I guess). This track alone has put Darren in a different league.
'Unlovable' is another track which will surprise you - a blistering attack in almost rap fashion (don't worry - it works) to an ex.
'I Forgive You' is a great beast of a F*** YOU track - the dirty bass beats and distorted vocals make this one fantastic track.
'Feel' could be Bjork (before the vocals obviously) - a series of blips, clicks and synths. Another great track.
'Sense of Humour' is a track George Michael would have killed for on Patience.
The 'Ray of Light' comparison from another review surprised me before I heard this - but now I have, it probably sums it up perfectly. To say Darren wrote AND produced this himself is amazing. I can see some very meaty dance remixes coming out for most of this album, and I'll be first on the dancefloor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
Wanted this for ages. Finally picked it up and no regrets at all. Darren Hayes is a very under appreciated artist. Easy 5 stars, fully recommended.
Published 9 months ago by david healy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
good headphones, dark room, close your eyes and go! I could listen to this 24/7 and never tire of it, awsome!
Published 16 months ago by SANDRA V WALDON
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated and cutting-edge electro-pop gem
I've never been a serious fan of Darren Hayes. I loved some of the Savage Garden stuff, I liked his first solo album Spin, but I was not prepared for this.... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2009 by Mr. V. J. Ardilio
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Beat Darren Hayes
This guy is HUGELY underrated.

There's a bit of everything on here, Dance, R&B, Ballad... Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2008 by Only Me
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best so far
Due to this album, there are always going to be two camps (no pun intended) for Darrens music. Those that enjoyed the lighter pop sound of his first solo album, and those with a... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2007 by M. A. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius.
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... Read more
Published on 21 July 2006 by L. Byrne
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not Spin II
After hearing some of Darren's solo work, I decided to treat myself to both his solo albums. I received The Tension & the Spark first and found it's not a pure pop album full of... Read more
Published on 19 July 2006 by nerfeezah
2.0 out of 5 stars Obscure
A long way from the Savage Garden roots and a change from Spin. The album is very stop start and should have been reserved as a demo project. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2006 by G. P. Mann
4.0 out of 5 stars Darren Goes Retro
Unfairly compared to his earlier solo effort "Spin", "The Tension & The Spark" sees Darren move in a completely different musical direction, whilst remaining true to his... Read more
Published on 19 April 2006 by Mike Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars quite good, but not as good as "spin"
After hearing spin i was anticipating "tension and the spark". the album is not what i would like to expect from darren, but although he has gone for a different type of genre, he... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2006 by mark
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