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Sure, the snobs among us scoffed when Australian pop kings Savage Garden scored a multiplatinum smash with their self-titled debut on the strength of the No. 1 ballad "Truly, Madly, Deeply." But they might sigh out of the other side of their collective grimace if they were to witness the summertime lift that propels lead vocalist Darren Hayes's passionate ode to humanism, "Affirmation," or the post-Backstreet eloquence of the dreamy ballad, "I Knew I Loved You," or the keening chords of the folk-rocker "The Lover After Me." Still, even if the snidesters were to manage the impossible and close their needy souls to these or any of a hundred equally powerful moments herein, I'd hope they could at least acknowledge these fresh-faced popsters' achievement: By leaving hip-hop out of the Backstreet/Britney aesthetic, they've opened up the sound of teenage America to audiences who feel more at home with '80s power ballads and '70s soft-rock than brash, '90s beats -- and that's no crime where I come from.