This Delicate Thing We've Made

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This Delicate Thing We've Made
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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)The Tension and the Spark2004
This Delicate Thing We've Made
(2007)
Secret Codes and Battleships
(2011)Secret Codes and Battleships2011
Alternative cover
Limited edition album 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"
    Released: 10 November 2007
  4. "Who Would Have Thought"
    Released: 10 November 2007
  5. "Casey"
    Released: 3 March 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic61/100 [2]
Review scores
SourceRating
Billboard8/10 stars 2007
The Guardian3/5 stars 2007
Stylus MagazineB- 2007
Sputnikmusic3/5 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 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 No. 19 before falling to No. 38 the following week, and entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 14 before falling to No. 72 the following week.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."A Fear of Falling Under"Hayes, Justin ShaveJustin Shave4:09
2."Who Would Have Thought"Hayes, Guy ChambersGuy Chambers4:30
3."Waking the Monster"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley4:07
4."How to Build a Time Machine"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley5:51
5."Casey"Hayes, Peter-John VettesePeter-John Vettese6:26
6."Step into the Light"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley4:57
7."Sing to Me"Hayes, Matthew WilderMatthew Wilder4:56
8."A Conversation With God"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley5:08
9."The Sun Is Always Blinding Me"Hayes, Eg WhiteEg White4:24
10."Listen All You People"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley5:00
11."The Only One"Hayes, George MuranyiGeorge Muranyi3:42
12."Bombs Up in My Face"Hayes, Justin ShaveJustin Shave3:39
13."The Great Big Disconnect"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley4:17
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."The Future Holds a Lion's Heart"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley4:03
15."On the Verge of Something Wonderful"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley4:02
16."Neverland"Hayes, Justin ShaveJustin Shave4:04
17."Walk Away"Hayes, George MuranyiGeorge Muranyi4:46
18."Maybe"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley4:16
19."Me, Myself and I"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley4:05
20."Lucky Town"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley3:50
21."I Just Want You to Love Me"HayesRobert Conley4:00
22."Setting Sun"Hayes, Justin ShaveJustin Shave4:12
23."A Hundred Challenging Things a Boy Can Do"Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley5:01
24."Words"Hayes, Stuart BrawleyStuart Brawley4:34
25."The Tuning of Violins"Hayes, Justin ShaveJustin Shave4:30

This Delicate Film We've Made DVD[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

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]