This Delicate Thing We've Made

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This Delicate Thing We've Made
Studio album by Darren Hayes
Released 20 August 2007
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Pop, electronic
Length 61:06 (Side 1)
51:20 (Side 2)
112:26 (Total)
Label Powdered Sugar
Producer Justin Shave
Darren Hayes chronology
The Tension and the Spark
(2004)
This Delicate Thing We've Made
(2007)
Secret Codes and Battleships
(2011)
Alternative cover
Limited edition album cover
Singles from This Delicate Thing We've Made
  1. "Step into the Light"
    Released: 9 April 2007
  2. "On the Verge of Something Wonderful"
    Released: 28 July 2007
  3. "Me, Myself and (I)"
    Released: 10 November 2007
  4. "Who Would Have Thought"
    Released: 10 November 2007
  5. "Casey"
    Released: 3 March 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Billboard 8/10 stars 2007
The Guardian 3/5 stars 2007
Stylus Magazine B- 2007
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars 2007

This Delicate Thing We've Made is the third studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hayes. It is a double album that was released on his own label Powdered Sugar on 20 August 2007. The first single from the album, "On the Verge of Something Wonderful", was released in Australia on 28 July 2007 and in the UK and online on 6 August 2007.

Background[edit]

The album has been made with the help of a 1983 Fairlight CMI synthesizer, and the ex-Savage Garden frontman has said it is a cinematic and theatrical album. It reached number 5 on the Top Albums chart of the Australian iTunes Store on the day of release and number 3 later in its first week. Hayes later said of the album in a 2011 interview that "it was my rebellious streak. It was a strange 25-song double album with only one or two songs that could be played on the radio. It was a bit sobering."[1]

Hayes released a companion DVD, This Delicate Film We've Made, containing music videos for fifteen of the songs on the album, with the audio remastered in 5.1 surround sound. A number of the videos were animations in which Hayes did not appear.

Singles[edit]

  • "On the Verge of Something Wonderful" was released as the album's first official single on 1 July 2007, with the music video premiering on 9 July. A short clip of the song had previously been revealed in an album teaser on Hayes' official website.
  • "Me, Myself and (I)" was revealed the album's second single in a blog entry on 4 August 2007.[2] The music video was released on 25 September 2007. A short clip of the song had previously been revealed in an album teaser on Hayes' official website.
  • "Casey" became the album's third and final single in March 2008, and was backed by a plethora of B-sides and remixes on various digital bundles, none of which featured the original version of the song. The partly animated music video was released in December 2007.

"Step into the Light" was first revealed via an album teaser on Hayes' official website and MySpace profile. On 14 May 2007, Hayes released an animated video for the song, and in June 2007, a promotional remix EP was released to clubs in the United States in promotion of the album. The single was only ever issued promotionally. "Who Would Have Thought" was released as a promotional single alongside the release of "Me, Myself and (I)". The song was accompanied by an animated video, which was premiered as a teaser on his official website, as well as his MySpace profile, on 9 April 2007. The track was co-written with Guy Chambers.

Charts[edit]

This Delicate Thing We've Made spent just two weeks in the Australian top 50 and the UK top 75: it entered the Australian Albums Top 50 at #19 before falling to #38 the following week, and entered the UK Albums Chart at #14 before falling to #72 the following week.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "A Fear of Falling Under"   Hayes, Justin Shave Justin Shave 4:09
2. "Who Would Have Thought"   Hayes, Guy Chambers Guy Chambers 4:30
3. "Waking the Monster"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 4:07
4. "How to Build a Time Machine"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 5:51
5. "Casey"   Hayes, Peter-John Vettese Peter-John Vettese 6:26
6. "Step into the Light"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 4:57
7. "Sing to Me"   Hayes, Matthew Wilder Matthew Wilder 4:56
8. "A Conversation with God"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 5:08
9. "The Sun Is Always Blinding Me"   Hayes, Eg White Eg White 4:24
10. "Listen All You People"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 5:00
11. "The Only One"   Hayes, George Muranyi George Muranyi 3:42
12. "Bombs Up in My Face"   Hayes, Justin Shave Justin Shave 3:39
13. "The Great Big Disconnect"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 4:17
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
14. "The Future Holds a Lion's Heart"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 4:02
15. "On the Verge of Something Wonderful"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 4:02
16. "Neverland"   Hayes, Justin Shave Justin Shave 4:03
17. "Walk Away"   Hayes, George Muranyi George Muranyi 4:46
18. "Maybe"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 4:15
19. "Me, Myself and (I)"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 4:05
20. "Lucky Town"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 3:50
21. "I Just Want You to Love Me"   Hayes Robert Conley 4:00
22. "Setting Sun"   Hayes, Justin Shave Justin Shave 4:12
23. "A Hundred Challenging Things a Boy Can Do"   Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 5:01
24. "Words"   Hayes, Stuart Brawley Stuart Brawley 4:34
25. "The Tuning of Violins"   Hayes, Justin Shave Justin Shave 4:30

Track listing for This Delicate Film We've Made[edit]

1. A Fear of Falling Under
2. Who Would Have Thought
3. Waking the Monster
4. How to Build a Time Machine
5. Neverland
6. Step into the Light
7. Casey
8. Setting Sun
9. Words
10. A Hundred Challenging Things a Boy Can Do
11. Maybe
12. A Conversation With God
13. Bonus Music Videos
14. On the Verge of Something Wonderful
15. Me Myself & I 

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
ARIA Top Albums 19
UK Albums Chart 14
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums[4] 44

References[edit]