#9: "Secret Codes And Battleships" by Darren Hayes
Let's face it. If Darren Hayes made an album of reggae polka, I'd still probably like it. My love affair with the music of Darren Hayes over the years has mostly to do with the fact that a lot of what he creates is very human. His music is relatable and as a person around my age who has lived, loved, lost and conquered demons and by some strange twist of fate, met the one person that I want to spend the rest of my life with, I can really appreciate the depth of emotion that is explored in Darren Hayes new full-length player. "Talk Talk Talk", "Bloodstained Heart" and "God Walking Into The Room" truly showed a mastery of pop lyricism set to music that evokes passion and depth – but then again, I wouldn't expect anything else from the maestro that is Darren Hayes.