Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Darren Hayes' double-disc This Delicate Thing We've Made is a momentous spiritual tour de force, an undressed lyrical exploration of a soul reborn, tucked into a labyrinth of sonic textures.
  2. Expecting two brilliant albums in a row is a lot, but when flashes of This Delicate Thing We’ve Made indicate he’s more than up to delivering, you get disappointed when there’s so much well-intentioned but patience-shredding filler between the gems.
  3. Sonically, it is exquisite: shimmering, subtle electropop that pairs finely judged bleeps and beats with gorgeous banks of harmonies. The problem, though, is Hayes himself: the quavery bluster of his lead vocals strives for emotional gravitas, but too often leaves the impression of a minor tantrum.
  4. This Delicate Thing We’ve Made is undone by too much, too much, too much of everything. Too many ideas aren’t allowed to compete with each other, meaning that the bad ideas are given just as much importance as the good ones.
  5. This might make for nice pregaming music before an evening out clubbing in Ibiza, but for the rest of us, the effects can be a bit savage on the ears. [24 Aug 2007, p.133]
  6. Hayes has hedged his bets, and it shows. Somewhere amongst these 25 tracks is probably a halfway decent album. It's just swamped.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    10
    Real freaking music. Very heartwarming and cold at times, he can display various emotions with poetic and obscured lyricism to the fullest.Real freaking music. Very heartwarming and cold at times, he can display various emotions with poetic and obscured lyricism to the fullest. One of the greatest artists for a generation. Full Review »
  2. LaneB.
    Nov 3, 2007
    10
    I will admit Darren Hayes happens to be my favourite music artist today by far, however I will not go so far as to mightily praise his solo I will admit Darren Hayes happens to be my favourite music artist today by far, however I will not go so far as to mightily praise his solo debut Spin - as it was rather... okay. Still, it is forgivable and understandable since the album was created to please his record company's taste, and Darren regrettably leashed in his creative juices. This being said, I do not believe I am being terribly biased when I whole heartily give this particular album 10 out of 10. And although many people believe the weak point of the album is over experimentation, I happen to think it's the main attraction - or should be. It's a refreshing change from the recycled garbage that's polluting our radios today. Finally something different, and critics' first reaction is it's "too much." Although even the 3rd listen was somewhat overwhelming, it was always enjoyable. The variety of styles happen to be a bonus on this album - I promise you this, you won't get bored of this one quick. The theme of this album is Darren. Literally, the album is a gathering of all his experiences and emotions. Which makes for some pretty interesting music. His lyrics always possess a lot of substance, they will get you thinking and feeling. Other than that, concerning his writing abilities, I will say no more... since according to pretty much everyone(!), he is a lyrical genius. Now the happiest thing about this CD is attempting to "genre-lize" his material and having very little success at it. Music that's easily described is boring. It's aggravating to see little difference between artists today. Everyone (referring to mainstream music) is making music which has previously been proven successful by another. Darren is the exception. But here is my attempt at describing his music anyway (as vague as it may be). This Delicate thing we've made is not fluffy pop. For those of you who have The Tension and The Spark, it truly is a continuation of that album, although it has evolved to a more upbeat and sanguine impression overall. It's a collaboration of 80's sounds and hard electronic beats, which Darren proves is the perfect marriage. Now here's the icing: his beautiful vocals. If this man cannot be appreciated for making new and intelligent music, can he at least be acknowledged for his voice? And lastly, each track is heavily laced with deep, genuine emotion. Since he's actually experienced the very emotions he sings about, you can hear the sincerity there. Something most artists lack perhaps because they don't write their own music. This album is a must for: Those who appreciate intelligent lyrics (written by the artist), beautiful vocals (also actually sung by the artist) and beats you'll be inclined to shake your bottom to... I guess in short, I could just rate this album 'E for everyone.' Don't sue. Full Review »
  3. EricaC
    Oct 13, 2007
    10
    This is an album that grew on me after a few listening. I think he really made a brave decision to release two discs with such highly This is an album that grew on me after a few listening. I think he really made a brave decision to release two discs with such highly personal material. It's nice when an singer is able to express their artistic side with their music. Full Review »