Affirmation (Savage Garden album)

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Studio album by Savage Garden
Released 9 November 1999
Recorded April–July 1999
Genre Pop
Length 53:42 (International edition)
63:37 (Australian edition)
Label Columbia
Producer Walter Afanasieff, Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones
Savage Garden chronology
Savage Garden
Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden
International cover
Singles from Affirmation
  1. "The Animal Song"
    Released: 23 February 1999
  2. "I Knew I Loved You"
    Released: 28 September 1999
  3. "Affirmation"
    Released: 10 January 2000
  4. "Crash and Burn"
    Released: 20 March 2000
  5. "Chained to You"
    Released: 26 September 2000
  6. "Hold Me"
    Released: 13 November 2000
  7. "The Best Thing"
    Released: 16 March 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Plugged In (average)[3]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[6]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[8]

Affirmation is the second and final studio album by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. The album was released on 9 November 1999.


The band recorded their second studio album after they recorded "The Animal Song" for the soundtrack to the film The Other Sister. The majority of the album was written by Hayes in New York in September 1999 or slightly earlier that year. The exception was 'You Can Still Be Free', a much older song that dated back to at least 1995 - a demo recording appeared on their 1995 demo tape, then titled 'Free'. It has not been made clear why the song was rerecorded, but it is largely a similar arrangement to the original demo. Preceded by the second single "I Knew I Loved You", the album was released on 9 November 1999 to worldwide success. The album spawned a further five singles, one of which was exclusive to the Australian market ("Chained to You"), and one of which was exclusive to the British market ("The Best Thing").

Following the success of the Superstars and Cannonballs video album, the album was reissued in November 2000, containing a bonus live album, Declaration, featuring recordings from the concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 21 May 2000. Including sales of the re-issue, the album has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, being certified platinum in a number of countries.[9] It became the band's last studio album after Daniel decided to leave in 2001.

Similarly to Savage Garden, the album's track listing varied internationally. The Australian version of the album features a bonus remix of "The Animal Song", a CD-ROM featuring video footage and bonus material, and the uncut version of "Gunning Down Romance". The International version removes the remix, CD-ROM and features a cut version of "Gunning Down Romance", due to a manufacturing error where six seconds of music are cut between 4:36 and 4:42, causing the music to stop abruptly.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Length
1. "Affirmation"   4:56
2. "Hold Me"   4:50
3. "I Knew I Loved You"   4:10
4. "The Best Thing"   4:19
5. "Crash and Burn"   4:41
6. "Chained to You"   4:08
7. "The Animal Song"   4:39
8. "The Lover After Me"   4:50
9. "Two Beds and a Coffee Machine"   3:27
10. "You Can Still Be Free"   4:18
11. "Gunning Down Romance"   5:34
12. "I Don't Know You Anymore"   3:50


  • Darren Hayes: all vocals
  • Daniel Jones: keyboards, synthesizers, drum and rhythm programming, additional mimed guitars
  • Walter Afanasieff: keyboards, synthsizers, drum and rhythm programming, acoustic piano on track 9
  • Greg Bieck: keyboards and programming
  • Michael Landau: electric guitars, lead baritone guitar on track 6
  • Dean Parks: acoustic guitars
  • Nathan East: bass
  • Steve Smith: drums
  • Strings arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock; contractor: Jules Chaikin


  • Arranged and produced by Savage Garden and Walter Afanasieff
  • Recorded and engineered by Jay Healy (vocals), Kent Matcke (basic tracking), David Frazer (guitars, strings on track 9), David Reitzas (guitars) and David Gleeson (drums, Fairlight, vocals and piano)
  • Assistant engineers: Brian Vibberts, Pete Krawiec, Tony Rambo, Dave Ashton, Ethan Schofer, Dave Ashton, Luis Quine, Mark Gregory, Ryan Hewitt
  • Mixed by Dave Way (tracks 1–6 and 8–12) and Chris Lord-Alge (track 7)
  • Mastered by Vlado Meller

Affirmation World Tour[edit]

The band and crew for the Affirmation World Tour were:



  • Peter McFee (tour manager)
  • Susie Steadman (assistant tour manager)
  • Colin Skals (stage manager)
  • Colin Ellis (front of house engineer)
  • Bruce Ramus (lighting director)
  • Scott Pike (monitor engineer)
  • Lindsay McKay (guitar technician)
  • Adrian Dessent (guitar technician)
  • Simon Moran (drum technician)
  • Sean "Motley" Hackett (lighting operator)
  • Nina De Palma (wardrobe stylist)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Imaginate by Taxiride
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
1 November – 21 November 1999
6 December – 12 December 1999
15 May – 21 May 2000
10 July – 16 July 2000
Succeeded by
Issues by KoЯn


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