Savage Garden
Savage Garden


4.5
superb

Review

by Patrick USER (37 Reviews)
July 24th, 2006 | 80 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a great pop album from back in the day.

Flashback to 1997, Savage Garden is just becoming the hottest new thing to be played on the radio and roller-skating rinks around the world. You can't help to sing along to songs your favorite songs like "I Want You" and "Truly Madly Deeply." This album is a late nineties classic that created a cult following of crazy teenie boppers.

The album kicks off with, arguably it's best song, To The Moon & Back. The song is a masterpiece, from the killer guitar riff that starts it off until it's climatic piano sequence at the end. Full of heartfelt lyrics about some girl with a rather sad life, you'll find it hard to not love this song.

There are plenty of other great songs on here, not just the hits. Break Me Shake Me, Promises, and A Thousand Words are all masterpieces. The first mentioned is one of Savage Garden's best work with hard rock. A great bass line flows through this one and a lot of other percussion and effects such as finger snaps. Darren Hayes has a wonderful voice which sings out perfectly songs like Promises. No lyrical perfection here, just, like I said, Darren Hayes's unbelievable voice taking it away. Same with A Thousand Words. A great rhythm and great guitar playing from the other guy, Daniel Jones.

If there is a weakness with Savage Garden, at least on this album, it is the quality of their lyrics. Sometimes they don't make sense just for the sake of rhyming, or just sounding good and/or cool. I Want You is just another example of an unforgettably catchy tune that makes little sense. Has anyone who listened to music during the 90's forgotten that song?

There is also an obvious amount of filler here which reveals even more cheesy lyrics. Universe, Violet, and Santa Monica are all catchy, but with lame lyrics. "All the people got modern names like Jake and Mandy." Quite possibly the song that holds the record for cheesiest lyrics in a great song is none other than Truly Madly Deeply. We all remember slow-dancing to it back in the day. If you accept it for what it is, you'll realize that it isn't even close to terrible. Still, if you look for lyrical content, you'll be disappointed.

The best song this side of the first track is without a doubt Tears Of Pearls. Savage Garden delves back into hard rock, something they've proven they aren't bad at. The chorus is full of energy and hard not to sing along to. "All these mixed emotion we keep locked away like stolen pearls, stolen pearl devotion we keep locked away from all the world." Darren ends the song by yelling out that love will be the death of you.

Overall, this album is without a doubt a 90's classic. You might even say that slightly altered the future of pop music. Too bad these guys couldn't stay together longer, because they were one explosive duo.

Recommended Tracks
To The Moon & Back
Tears Of Pearls
Break Me Shake Me
A Thousand Words
Promises

Final Rating: 4.6/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Neoteric
July 24th 2006


3243 Comments


You should combine some paragraphs there to make it look a bit nicer.

Patrick
July 24th 2006


1891 Comments


thanks for the advice. people should seriously leave comments.

RandyfromPennywise
July 25th 2006


752 Comments


I think your apostrophes need fixing.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
July 25th 2006


344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty good review.



I love the album, I really like Santa Monica. I don't care about the lyrics.

Patrick
July 25th 2006


1891 Comments


^agree, but I tried not to be biased. I pretty much love every song on this album.

kno_kontrol
July 25th 2006


448 Comments


fix teh symbolzors and more people will want to read it.

Patrick
July 25th 2006


1891 Comments


I can't


alib34
July 25th 2006


7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hmm.. good review patrick. I have to say I agree with most everything but I do like 'carry on dancing' as well as 'I want you'. Stupid lyrics, yes. But oh so catchy lol

RandyfromPennywise
July 26th 2006


752 Comments


You can edit your review by going in to your profile. I don't know what you mean by "I can't", but if that's how your apostrophes are turning out, then go in to the character map and copy the apostrophe from there and then paste that in where the apostrophes are supposed to be.

raggedragamuffin
July 26th 2006


690 Comments


wat do u mean u cant? in your profile, on the left under your pic, should be a link that says "edit my reviews".

truly madly deeply. a personal favourite before i got into rock, and i still have a soft spot for it.

Patrick
July 27th 2006


1891 Comments


nvm about the i can't thing...i thought there was no difference in the appostrophes in microsoft word and on sputnik. but the mods should seriously fix that problem because we never had it before.

benzuvsteel
August 23rd 2006


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album. i love all the singles and the song violet deserves more attention.

samthebassman
January 17th 2007


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Excellent, is what I meant!

rasputin
November 5th 2007


14968 Comments


haha, after all the metal I listen to, it's always nice to put on To The Moon & Back and sing along :P

skullcrusher149
February 2nd 2008


560 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I remember listening to this CD back when I was 8. Now, not so much...

beans
April 16th 2008


2328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

always enjoyed this album, brings back some good memories

MisterBeefy
March 9th 2009


244 Comments


Savage Garden - The band metalheads guiltily love...

fireaboveicebelow
March 9th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still have this too

vanillawafers
April 21st 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bummer, you didn't add "I Want You" to the recommended tracks for this album.



Like I said: Bummer. :D

upagainstthewall
April 21st 2009


839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to love these guys.



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