Darren Hayes
This Delicate Thing We’ve Made

Powdered Sugar
2007
B-
Reviewed by: Edward Oculicz
Reviewed on: 2007-08-20



Posted 08/21/2007 - 08:57:33 AM by groovey:
 An overly lavish, if not slightly self-indulgent review. Some shimmering highlights in the middle two paragraphs, but ultimately fails in it's overall intention due to narrowmindedness and preconception. I award this review one out of five stars.
 
Posted 08/22/2007 - 01:26:33 PM by pancakes:
 too many declarations without explanations. too much focus on his persona and emotional connectivity and not enough on his compositions.
 
Posted 08/23/2007 - 10:58:38 PM by edwardo:
 I understand what you're saying, but the point is that the compositions to me, largely sink or swim on the emotional connectivity. Melodically, a lot of these songs don't go anywhere. Hell, even "Step Into The Light" isn't on the level of notes or anything an amazing composition; it's amazing because of the astonishingly felt performance and the sheer emotional weight of the words. That's why some of this album is brilliant. But lots of it is just... pleasant. I respect Darren Hayes as an artist. B- is not a bad mark by any means. I just don't think "pleasant" is good enough for someone who clearly has the capacity to produce near-flawless A-standard, intelligent, felt pop. I really hope it grows on me, though. (to groovey, if you think it's bad, you should have seen it before the Editor got his hands on it, if you know what I mean!)
 
Posted 08/24/2007 - 01:47:07 PM by anna_p:
 It's nice to be reading you again, Edward O.
 
Posted 08/31/2007 - 11:54:41 AM by groovey:
 well, it's true what they say, great art polarizes people :)