Affirmation (Savage Garden album)

Affirmation is the second and final studio album by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. The album was released on 9 November 1999 by Columbia Records. It won the 2000 ARIA Music Award for Highest Selling Album along it nominated the 2000 ARIA Music Award for Best Group but lost to Killing Heidi's Reflector and Best Pop Release but lost to Kylie Minogue's "Spinning Around".

Affirmation
Savage Garden - Affirmation (Australia).jpg
Australian cover
Studio album by
Released9 November 1999
Recorded1998–1999
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length53:42 (International edition)
63:37 (Australian edition)
LabelColumbia
ProducerWalter Afanasieff, Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones
Savage Garden chronology
Savage Garden
(1997)
Affirmation
(1999)
Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden
(2005)
Alternative cover
International cover
International cover
Singles from Affirmation
  1. "The Animal Song"
    Released: 23 February 1999
  2. "I Knew I Loved You"
    Released: 28 September 1999
  3. "Affirmation"
    Released: 10 January 2000
  4. "Crash and Burn"
    Released: 20 March 2000
  5. "Chained to You"
    Released: 26 September 2000
  6. "Hold Me"
    Released: 13 November 2000
  7. "The Best Thing"
    Released: 12 March 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
Plugged In(average)[4]
PopMatters8/10 stars[5]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[7]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[8]

BackgroundEdit

The band recorded their second studio album after they recorded "The Animal Song" for the soundtrack to the film The Other Sister. The majority of the album was written by Hayes in New York in September 1999 or slightly earlier that year. The exception was 'You Can Still Be Free', a much older song that dated back to at least 1995 - a demo recording appeared on their 1995 demo tape, then titled 'Free'. The track was written in tribute to a friend of the band who had committed suicide some years previously, and was revisited after said friends' family explained they loved the song and wanted to see it released on an album. Preceded by the second single "I Knew I Loved You", the album was released on 9 November 1999 to worldwide success. The album spawned a further five singles, one of which was exclusive to the Australian market ("Chained to You"), and one of which was exclusive to the British market ("The Best Thing").

Following the success of the Superstars and Cannonballs video album, the album was reissued in November 2000, containing a bonus live album, Declaration, featuring recordings from the concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 21 May 2000. Including sales of the re-issue, the album has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, being certified platinum in a number of countries.[10] It became the band's last studio album after Daniel decided to leave in 2001.

Similarly to Savage Garden, the album's track listing varied internationally. The Australian version of the album features a bonus remix of "The Animal Song", a CD-ROM featuring video footage and bonus material, and the uncut version of "Gunning Down Romance". The International version removes the remix, CD-ROM and features a cut version of "Gunning Down Romance", due to a manufacturing error where six seconds of music are cut between 4:36 and 4:42, causing the music to stop abruptly.

Track listingEdit

Standard edition
No.TitleLength
1."Affirmation"4:56
2."Hold Me"4:50
3."I Knew I Loved You"4:10
4."The Best Thing"4:19
5."Crash and Burn"4:41
6."Chained to You"4:08
7."The Animal Song"4:39
8."The Lover After Me"4:50
9."Two Beds and a Coffee Machine"3:27
10."You Can Still Be Free"4:18
11."Gunning Down Romance"5:34
12."I Don't Know You Anymore"3:50
Australian special edition
No.TitleLength
13."The Animal Song" (Hex Hector Club Mix)9:55
14."The Animal Song" (Making of the Video)3:00
Declaration live bonus disc
No.TitleLength
1."The Best Thing"5:24
2."The Lover After Me"4:38
3."I Don't Know You Anymore"3:37
4."Two Beds and a Coffee Machine"4:46
5."You Can Still Be Free"4:58
6."Hold Me"4:52
7."Gunning Down Romance"6:36
8."Crash and Burn"5:13
9."Chained to You"6:33
10."I Knew I Loved You"8:05
11."Affirmation"6:17
Expanded Edition 2015 (Disc 2)
No.TitleLength
1."Hold Me" (Live at London Radio) 
2."Crash & Burn" (Live at London Radio) 
3."I Knew I Loved You" (Live at Paris Radio) 
4."The Lover After Me" (Live at Paris Radio) 
5."I Don't Know You Anymore" (Live from The Panel) 
6."I Knew I Loved You" (Eddie¹s Rhythm Radio Mix) 
7."Affirmation 2004" (Almighty Mix) 
8."Chained To You" (Justin Shave Remix) 
9."Crash & Burn" (Eddie¹s Bumped Up Dance Mix) 
10."Hold Me 2004" (Almighty Mix) 

PersonnelEdit

  • Darren Hayes – all vocals
  • Daniel Jones – keyboards, synthesizers, drum and rhythm programming, additional mimed guitars
  • Walter Afanasieff – keyboards, synthesizers, drum and rhythm programming, acoustic piano on track 9
  • Greg Bieck – keyboards and programming
  • Michael Landau – electric guitars
  • Michael Thompson - electric guitars and lead baritone guitar on track 6
  • Dean Parks – acoustic guitars
  • Nathan Eastbass
  • Steve Smith – drums
  • Strings arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock; contractor – Jules Chaikin

ProductionEdit

  • Arranged and produced by Savage Garden and Walter Afanasieff
  • Recorded and engineered by Jay Healy (vocals), Kent Matcke (basic tracking), David Frazer (guitars, strings on track 9), David Reitzas (guitars) and David Gleeson (drums, Fairlight, vocals and piano)
  • Assistant engineers – Brian Vibberts, Pete Krawiec, Tony Rambo, Dave Ashton, Ethan Schofer, Dave Ashton, Luis Quine, Mark Gregory, Ryan Hewitt
  • Mixed by Dave Way (tracks 1–6 and 8–12) and Chris Lord-Alge (track 7)
  • Mastered by Vlado Meller

Affirmation World TourEdit

The band and crew for the Affirmation World Tour were:

BandEdit

CrewEdit

  • Peter McFee – tour manager
  • Susie Steadman – assistant tour manager
  • Colin Skals – stage manager
  • Colin Ellis – front of house engineer
  • Bruce Ramus – lighting director
  • Scott Pike – monitor engineer
  • Lindsay McKay – guitar technician
  • Adrian Dessent – guitar technician
  • Simon Moran – drum technician
  • Sean "Motley" Hackett – lighting operator
  • Nina De Palma – wardrobe stylist

Charts and certificationsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] 8× Platinum 560,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[33] 2× Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[34] Gold 31,905[34]
Germany (BVMI)[35] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[37] Gold 100,000[36]^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[38] Platinum+Gold 225,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[39] Platinum 15,000^
Sweden (GLF)[40] 2× Platinum 160,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[43] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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