Single Review: Darren Hayes – Talk Talk Talk

By on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

For me, Darren Hayes will always be the cute Aussie frontman of ’90s pop duo Savage Garden, who made all the girls swoon with the electronic-tinged ‘I Want You’ and the single that I’m sure lots of brides have used as their wedding song, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’. I assumed he’d disappeared, so imagine my surprise upon learning that Hayes now lives in London and has been soldiering on with a solo career ever since Savage Garden dissolved in 2001. His upcoming long playing release, ‘Secret Codes and Battleships’, is due out later this year, but this single, ‘Talk Talk Talk’, will precede it.

Hayes’ voice doesn’t seem to have changed much, which to me is really great, considering the last time I really took the time to appreciate his vocal talents, he was singing in the Spice Girls / boyband era, a completely different time. That lilt of lover’s desperation? Still there. This track takes advantage of compressed synths – think Friendly Fires, but with an unashamed nontropical pop sheen; like Cascada, just with a male vocal, less in your face and much less annoying. with a male instead of a female vocal. The lyrics are nothing to write home about: “please hear me out / all I want to talk talk talk to you”? But that’s not really the point of this song, is it? It’s got enough dance sensibility that 1) I’m imagining other artists will probably be fighting each other for the right to remix it and 2) it’s likely to get airplay on Radio1.

The ‘Talk Talk Talk’ single won’t change the world, but it’s better than Gaga or Ke$ha, and it’s catchy and poppy enough that you can bet it’ll be appearing on playlists of radio stations near you.

8/10

Below you can listen to a teaser of the track. The ‘Talk Talk Talk’ single will be released digitally 24 June.

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