I have to say that I was surprised that Darren & Co. decided to release "Darkness" as the second single from "The Tension and the Spark". Not that the Song is not fantastic - it is! But in a market overflowing with "say nothing" bubblegum pop, releasing a deep, introspective track like "Darkness" seemed to me a very Bold move indeed. That said, GET THIS SINGLE and "The Tension and the Spark" NOW!!! Both are fantastic. As a "Pop Artist" Darren Hayes stands shoulder to shoulder with the music industry's best. His talent for writing ear catching Pop Music is in tact on this release. But what will really strike you about this release is his depth. Frankly, I was stunned by his profound understanding of human nature and the human condition. A very rare trait from a "Pop Artist" indeed. If you like Darren Hayes, I recommend that you also check out the new release from Pop/Rock Artist Amber - "My Kind of World". Amber shares Darren's talent for writing great Pop/Rock tunes that "say something". The first single "You Move Me" (an Alt Rock Infused Electronic Track) hit #1 on America's largest Satellite Radio Network, XM Radio. The second Single "Voodoo" is being Remixed for a 2005 Commercial Release. Other Standouts include the Pat Benatar-esque "Just Like That" and the Whitney Houston Meets Pat Benatar Power Ballad "Sacficial Lamb". There are enough Potential Singles to keep his CD in the Charts for 2 Years! My Advice? Get BOTH Darren Hayes - The Tension and the Spark and AMBER - My Kind of World
I have been anticipating this album for some time now and now that I have heard it... I am not surprised at how good it is. It is absolutely amazing. The entire feeling of the album can best be described as a diary put to music. Some songs are lighter and less meaningful (Love and Attraction) while others are incredibly deep (Darkness and Dublin Sky and Unlovable) but in my opinion Darkness is one of the best songs that I have had the priviledge to hear in a long time. It opens the album and instantly hooks you... and the rest of the album never lets you go. Once you understand the songs meanings and allow yourself to experience them emotionally they are instantly a treasure and the new fresh sound keeps you hooked to wanting to simply listen to it as well. Please give this album a shot... it is daring but an excellent jump for Darren and music as a whole.
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 still manages to maintain that excellence along with his other albums, i was suprised to find out there was no love songs like "i miss you" or "good enough" like there was in spin.I believe he has gone for a more in depth emotional sound about love, and its ups and downs, but still this album is rather good, and reccommend you to buy this if you have heard spin.
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 radio friendly hits. It begins with `Darkness', a song which has been well received from most reviews I've read. This song didn't grab me though. I prefer `Light' (oh, the irony). Stand out tracks for me are `Dublin Sky', Unlovable', `Hero' and `Feel'.
The soundscape created may be off-putting to some; with weird squelchy beats gracing `Unlovable' but it's an album that requires perseverance to fully appreciate its unusual quality.
The lyrics are much more personal and probably a better reflection of Darren's thoughts than `Spin'. The album loses momentum and runs out of steam after track 10, `Feel', and it's this patchiness in quality that makes it less listenable than `Spin', but tracks as sublime as `Dublin Sky' make the album worth its money.