Kurt McKee

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Savage Garden: Affirmation

Posted 29 December 2006

So I'm walking in the store, and I see this used album by a group named "Savage Garden". I've heard of them, but do they have any good songs? Is it worth $2.99? I called up Eric. "I've heard of them, but I haven't heard their songs." David next. "Let's see...Wikipedia says that "Affirmation" was #6 in the U.S., #7 in the U.K., and #1 in Australia." Looking at the album art, it looks like a boy band of sorts, but out of the two guys, one looks kind of punk. Plus, the album is listed as Rock/Pop, so maybe it lands somewhere on the edge of my tastes. I'll give it a shot.

Their title song, "Affirmation", was just a bunch of lyrical feel-goodery. "I believe that junk food tastes so good because it's bad for you." Deep. However, none of the other songs resembled "Affirmation", with the notable exception of "The Animal Song". The whole album, however, has a distinctly odd feel to it, but what? What is the matter with the lyrics?

I'm planning on returning the album. The music doesn't stand out on its own, but it's the lyrics that displease me the most. It feels like they're writing about things they've never experienced, or maybe as if their lyrics aren't being honest. It's a weird feeling.

I give Savage Garden's "Affirmation" 1 star. The music is fairly generic, but the lyrics are the real problem. I feel as if I'm somehow uneasy or wary when I listen to the lyrics.

Update : The store refused to give me a refund or credit, so I've given the album to Frederick.