Affirmation

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
Sure, the snobs among us scoffed when Australian pop kings Savage Garden scored a multiplatinum smash with their self-titled debut on the strength of the No. 1 ballad "Truly, Madly, Deeply." But they might sigh out of the other side of their collective grimace if they were to witness the summertime lift that propels lead vocalist Darren Hayes's passionate ode to humanism, "Affirmation," or the post-Backstreet eloquence of the dreamy ballad, "I Knew I Loved You," or the keening chords of the folk-rocker "The Lover After Me." Still, even if the snidesters were to manage the impossible and close their needy souls to these or any of a hundred equally powerful moments herein, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
Sure, the snobs among us scoffed when Australian pop kings Savage Garden scored a multiplatinum smash with their self-titled debut on the strength of the No. 1 ballad "Truly, Madly, Deeply." But they might sigh out of the other side of their collective grimace if they were to witness the summertime lift that propels lead vocalist Darren Hayes's passionate ode to humanism, "Affirmation," or the post-Backstreet eloquence of the dreamy ballad, "I Knew I Loved You," or the keening chords of the folk-rocker "The Lover After Me." Still, even if the snidesters were to manage the impossible and close their needy souls to these or any of a hundred equally powerful moments herein, I'd hope they could at least acknowledge these fresh-faced popsters' achievement: By leaving hip-hop out of the Backstreet/Britney aesthetic, they've opened up the sound of teenage America to audiences who feel more at home with '80s power ballads and '70s soft-rock than brash, '90s beats -- and that's no crime where I come from.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Savage Garden managed to slip underneath everyone's radar and go multi-platinum with their 1997 debut. The Australian duo wasn't hip enough to warrant coverage in the music press, even after they had a series of hit singles, largely because they traded in the least-respected rock genre: soft rock. Like any soft-rock group, they were a product of their times. In the early '80s, that meant adding some lite-country influences to the melodic pop base. In the late '90s, it meant adding mild dance-club beats, even on the ballads. Roxette sort of pioneered this in the late '80s, and Savage Garden really picked up the torch for this dance-inflected soft rock, whether they want to admit it or not. Unfortunately, that also means that they, like Roxette, are primarily a singles act, capable of crafting a handful of good tunes on each album, along with a bunch of pleasant filler. That was the case with the multiplatinum Savage Garden, as it is with this sequel, Affirmation. Since Savage Garden was such a success on adult-contemporary radio, it's not a surprise that Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones have decided to lean a little heavier on the ballads this time around, to the extent that even uptempo tracks like "Affirmation" and "Hold Me," or midtempo numbers like "The Lover After Me" feel like ballads. On the whole, this isn't a bad thing, since it gives the album some coherence. Also, "Chained to You," the hardest dance song here, feels a little forced. Plus, Savage Garden has a knack for delivering this professional, well-crafted melodic pop -- if some songs aren't as memorable as others, that's just the way the game of mainstream pop is played. There aren't any bad pieces on Affirmation well, with the exception of the lyrically tortured "The Animal Song", just some that aren't quite as hooky or memorable as "I Knew I Loved You" or the title track, or for those fans who like SG's piano ballads, "I Don't Know You Anymore." Like the debut, Affirmation is hardly earth-shattering, but it's well-done mainstream adult pop whose best moments are ideal for radio play. Those moments may be better heard on a greatest-hits collection someday, but this album is fine on its own terms; it is so well-constructed that the filler goes down easily.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1999
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646371121
  • Catalog Number: 63711
  • Sales rank: 15,917

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Savage Garden Primary Artist
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Steve Smith Drums
Michael Thompson Electric Guitar
Marilyn Baker Viola
Mari Tsumura Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Nathan East Bass
Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
David Gleeson fairlight
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Brian Leonard Violin
Miguel Martinez Cello
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Mihail Zinovyev Viola
Robert Sanov Violin
Walter Afanasieff Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Darren Hayes Vocals, Background Vocals
Daniel Jones Synthesizer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Greg Bieck Synthesizer, Keyboards
Becky Bunnell Violin
Technical Credits
Jeremy Lubbock String Arrangements
David Gleeson Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer, Drum Engineering, Piano Engineer
Jay Healy Vocal Engineer
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Dave Reitzas Guitar Engineer
Dan Shea Programming, Digital Programming
David Frazer Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Aimee MacAuley Artwork
Jules Chaikin String Contractor
Darren Hayes Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Daniel Jones Arranger, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Greg Bieck Programming, drum programming, Digital Programming
Joan Lader Vocal Coach
Adam Rossi Programming, Digital Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the Aussie band does it again!

    Savage garden does it again! This CD is just as good as their CD before. from the moment you put this CD into your CD player, you're singing along to the music. they truly have talent, and i adore them for that. i must say, after listening to Two Beds and a Coffee Machine, i was moved whenever i saw a coffee machine! that song always brings tears to my eyes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Affirmation

    This cd is good but the problem is that every song sounds the same. I like it but after a while, I get bored of hearing the same music over and over with different lyrics. This is just my opinion. I like it a lot but the songs obviously as I said before, sound the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Affirmation

    This Savage Garden cd is really emotional in my opinion. I like the song "Affirmation." I also like "The Best Thing," "I Knew I Loved You," "I Don't Know You Anymore," "Two Beds and a Coffee Machine," and "Crash and Burn." Even though some of these songs are really depressing and sad, they express how Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes were feeling at the time they wrote it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two Beds and a Coffee Machine

    The song Two Beds and a Coffee Machine is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever listened to. I have never been so emotional about a song. I reccommend this song to anyone who is going through any kind of hard time in their life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Thing I've Heard

    I love this CD, my friend introduced me to it, and I've passed it along to one of my friends who will hopefully pass it along. I love every song on this CD and its worth buying!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aussie Hotties Strike Again!

    This cd has a song for every mood. I have not yet run across a bad mood or hurt feeling that this cd can't fix. Everybody has problems, and most of them can be painful to endure alone. I recomend this cd for anyone who plans on leaving their shoebox and visiting the real world. My God, if you don't alreadly own it, BUY IT! It's worth ten times as much as it costs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Australians rock, especially Savage Garden!

    Ok, I'll make this as coherant as I possibly can. First, I loved Savage Garden's songs since I heard 'I want you' off Napster, and now I'm a huuuuuge fan! (Ok, not that huge...) but Affirmation was my first Savage Garden CD, and it's very good! I'd rate it a 5 star! No, they aren't just another boyband... They're great mood songs for stories/fics, and they've got a lot of meaning!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    The only thing I can say is that Savage garden is the best group I have heard in my life and I hope that everyone else feels the same way. Savage garden deserves 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THIS CD ! !

    This CD is great. The songs are awsome and they are well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boy bands blah, man bands yeah

    What can be said? There's an obvious general concensus among all reviewers on this site that can't be said for many other artists: SAVAGE GARDEN IS THE BEST BAND AROUND! They prove that a man band can almost appear as a boy band, but with far-superior lyrics, themes, vocals, and arrangements. They're so perfect, it moves you to tears. I love boys who sing like girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''They really turned me affirmative towards music''

    ''I was always looking for songs that satisfy the definition of a song!!!!!!!!'' Now I knew that these guys are the one I was looking for...Their latest album was really great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i like it very

    I am in LATVIA and it inpres me very much the best that ever Ihad heard...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A new fan of SAVAGE GARDEN!!

    I heard the song ''I Knew I Loved You'' and fell in love with it right away. I finally decided to go ahead and by the whole CD the other day and haven't stopped listening to it since! I definitely suggest that you add ''Affirmation'' to your CD collection if you haven't already!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Affermation rulz!

    If u read the lyrics it's amazing someone can write that! That is talent. Noone writes their own music anymore. It's wonderfull somone dose these days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You

    Savage Garden's album, ''Affirmation,'' is a well-constructed CD which might explain the duo going multiplatinum with their CD in 1997. Although ''The Animal Song'' does not display as much romanticism or memorality as '' I Knew I Loved You'' on the album, it gives an upbeat melody that display's the group's brilliance of pop music. ''I Knew I Loved You'' is such an excellent song for hopeless romantics, the song alone is reason enough for any such person to purchase the entire CD. ''Affirmation'' is a great investment because it displays the wonder and value of love that could make most people smile. Go and get this CD before you miss out on all the heartfelt words of Savage Garden that could make your heart melt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is the best track ever

    this was played at a relations funeral and the words are just perfect

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one excellent CD!!

    This is one of my favourite cds ever! It has a great combination of songs by these really talented guys who really think about their music. The more I listen to it, the more I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Savage Garden Rocks!

    Savage Garden has so much truth and depth in their music, and alot of times their music can relate to you and how you're feeling. Whether I'm in a really bad mood or just feeling sorry for myself, I listen to Crash and Burn because it fits. And, it's a good fit! And I love it how you never see Darren and Daniel on lunch boxes or coloring books. I went to their concert in Denver last Friday and if Savage Garden is coming to your town, GO SEE THEM!! They were great!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    These Australians are H-O-T!!!

    Savage Garden is the best band alive! I just adore their cd ''Affirmation.'' It's the best thing out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Affirmation

    I recently wrote a review and I am back again to emphasize Savage Garden's honest, unique, winsome music. Their music is extremely soul-saving and inspirational... they are the band I thought would never come into existence. They are the paragon of what a band should... dedicated musicians not caught up in the celebrity hype. They have definitely been blessed by some divine power(s). They have fueled me tremendously in my poetry and have given me a great perspective on life. Now that I've got the lyrical writing part down... all I need to work on is music composition...

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