CD Spin [Darren Hayes]  (CD 972015),
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Spin [Darren Hayes] 
1. Strange Relationship
3. Heart Attack
4. I Miss You
5. Creepin' Up on You
7. Crush (1980 Me)
8. Good Enough
9. I Can't Ever Get Enough of You
10. Like It or Not
11. What You Like
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86250
Darren Hayes; Walter Afanasieff
Robert Conley; David Reitzas; Robert Connolly; Nick Thomas
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Darren Hayes (vocals); Rick Nowles (acoustic guitar); Vernon Black (guitar); Greg Kurstin (keyboards); Joey Muller, Walter Afanasieff, Robert Conley (programming).
Recorded at Wallyworld Studios, Marin County, California.
Personnel: Darren Hayes (vocals, background vocals); Rick Nowels (acoustic guitar); Vernon "Ice" Black (electric guitar); John Wittenberg, Jennifer Munday, Gerry Hilera, Edmund Stein, Bob Peterson, Bob Sanov, Eve Butler, Norm Hughes, Charles Everett, Bruce Dukov, Peter Kent, Michele Richards, Susan Chatman (violin); Andrew Picken, Virginia Frazier, Karen Elaine Bakunin, John Hayhurst (viola); P. Hochalter, Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Dan Smith (cello); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, drums, programming); Greg Kurstin (keyboards); Joey Muller, Robert Connolly (programming).
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Recording information: Ocean Way Recording; Wallyworld Studios, Marin County, CA.
Photographer: Alek Keshishian.
Arranger: Walter Afanasieff.
When Darren Hayes made the leap to a solo career, the fresh-faced Aussie stuck to his strengths in creating the same kind of adult contemporary sounds that he made as a member of Savage Garden. Hayes retained the services of producer Walter Afanasieff for his debut SPIN, and the template was trimmed with lush orchestration, slick beats, and delicate hooks that stay well within the parameters of radio-friendly pop. Delivering the goods with a tenor that brings to mind classic '80s Michael Jackson, Hayes bounces from synth-driven New Wave ("Crush [1980 Me]"), new jack lite ("Heart Attack"), and mid-tempo dance cuts soaked in strings ("Creepin' Up On You").
Not surprisingly, the area where the fair-haired heartthrob excels on this outing is in the realm of romantic crooner. Giving him the chance to trot out this sentimental side are irresistible ballads like the yearning "I Miss You," Latin-tinged "Insatiable," and the catchy-as-all-get-out "Good Enough." Savage Garden fans won't be disappointed with Darren Hayes's solo outing, and all other pop fans are directed to take this record out for a SPIN.
Q (3/02, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A pretty resounding success....a slick blend of R&B and pop..."
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