Thankfully, Secret Codes and Battleships not only sounds bang up-to-date, but as promised could easily be a Savage Garden comeback record. The wistful, au courant electronic riff in lead single 'Talk Talk Talk' is interwoven with Darren's thoughtful lyrics ("Sometimes the miracle of love is meaningless and clumsy like the beating of a heart"), while follow-up 'Black Out the Sun' sounds like a modern-day version of 'To the Moon and Back'.
Elsewhere, the thick beats, catchy-as-cholera choruses and his famous falsetto continue throughout; and it rarely wanes. Impending third spin-off 'Bloodstained Heart' is equipped with its own Kings of Leon rock-out moment, 'Don't Give Up' is a pleasant slice of Radio 2 rock, and fist-clencher 'Roses' is possibly his strongest vocal offering to date.
In a market ruled by either cool 'n' credible singer-songwriters or throwaway urban-dance music, the concept of a expertly-crafted album - from the carefully chosen co-producer Carl Falk to the hand-picked artwork - by an out-and-out pop artist seems like a bold, if not grossly mistimed move. That said, compare this to David Guetta's recent output in ten years' time and we have a sneaking suspicion who'll have the last laugh.
Tracks to download: 'Bloodstained Heart', 'Black Out The Sun', 'Hurt', 'Don't Give Up' 'Roses'
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