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Darren Hayes

The Time Machine Tour DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Do you remember the days when most concert were huge productions with graphics on video screens and the like? Well, then this DVD should be a real flashback for you. Darren Hayes has spared no expense in putting together a huge show for his tour. The interesting thing is that the stage accoutrements augment the performance rather than overshadow it or hide any sort of shortcoming.

Hayes is probably best known for his work in Savage Garden, but he launched a solo career several years ago. The majority of the music on this DVD comes from his solo work, but there are still enough Savage Garden songs here to make the fans of that group happy. Hayes shows that he has both a killer voice and a sharp and accurate sensibility for what makes great pop rock music. There are no real clunkers on board and this is truly a great set. The filmography and sound are top-notch – and a great complement to the staging and performance. The only complaint I’d have is the lack of bonus material. Still, this is a great set and a strong video – so that’s just splitting hairs. If you have been a fan of Hayes solo or Savage Garden do yourself a favor and pick this up. You won’t be disappointed.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

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