Why the Tension And The Spark arrived at the Sydney Star Observer offices in the first place is a bit of a mystery. While he might have done a show at London’s G.A.Y. earlier this month, it’s not as if former Savage Gardener Darren Hayes is going out of his way to court the gays, as it were. Anyway, for those readers who do enjoy his slightly whiny voice and sexual ambiguity, The Tension And The Spark is not all that bad.

He’s quite moody, our Darren. If you can’t be bothered listening to the whole thing, head straight to track four: the full-on catchy single Pop!ular* for a bit of an old-style Savage Garden singalong. Then FF to track seven, Unlovable, for some angst. And before you put something else on, stop off at track 11: Love And Attraction, if only for the lyrics. I want her, she wants him, he wants me, I give in. I want her, I want him, I don’t want anything, Darren says.

Whatever that means.

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