The Tension and the Spark

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The Tension and the Spark
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Studio album by Darren Hayes
Released 13 September 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop, Electronica
Length 58:52 (International Edition)
1:02:52 (Australian Edition)
Label Columbia
Producer Darren Hayes, Robert Conley
Darren Hayes chronology
Spin
(2002)
The Tension and The Spark
(2004)
This Delicate Thing We've Made
(2007)
Singles from The Tension and the Spark
  1. "Pop!ular"
    Released: 30 August 2004
  2. "Darkness"
    Released: 6 November 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Stylus Magazine A link
BBC Positive link
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The Tension and the Spark is the second studio album by Darren Hayes, released in 2004. The album was a change for Hayes, who took a more electronic and darker style for this record and also delved deeper into more personal matter. This dramatic change alienated some of his fan-base, who were expecting a result similar to his previous effort "Spin". The title of the album is derived from lyrics featured in the second track, "I Like the Way".

Reception[edit]

The album was received warmly by critics and fans, praising its personal matter. The Observer said "This album is no folly and succeeds, often to the point of all out triumph, on its own terms." Despite high positive reviews, it was not a large hit, and Hayes split with Columbia Records in 2006.

Singles[edit]

  • "Pop!ular" was released as the album's first single in July 2004 and becoming a hit, reaching #1 on the US Dance Chart, his first number one. NME praised the song, saying it was "A twistered masterclass in career reintervention...This guy is a genius."
  • "Darkness" was released as the album's second single in November 2004, but it did not chart. The physical single has subsequently become a rarity, with copies selling for £100 plus on second-hand websites and collector's auctions.
  • "Unlovable" was a promotional single for the album. While it was not released as a single of its own, the music video for the song was made.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Darkness" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley 5:17
2. "I Like the Way" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley 5:04
3. "Light" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley 4:54
4. "Pop!ular" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley, Mark 'Spike' Stent* 3:53
5. "Dublin Sky" Darren Hayes Hayes, Conley 4:35
6. "Hero" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley 4:26
7. "Unlovable" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley 5:23
8. "Void" Darren Hayes Hayes, Conley 3:19
9. "I Forgive You" Darren Hayes, Marius De Vries Hayes, Marius De Vries 4:35
10. "Feel" Darren Hayes Hayes, Conley 4:03
11. "Love and Attraction" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley 4:05
12. "Sense of Humor" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley 4:47
13. "Ego" Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Hayes, Conley 4:31

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 8
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 32
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 13

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[7] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]