Irish bands sophomore effort
came out in September elsewhere but just now making it to the states.
leaning to the pop side
sameness sets it rather fast.
couple of rap attempts are pathetic
liked For The First Time and Nothing

Grade - 1.5

released Jan 18th, 2011

from the album - For The First Time - grade 2.0

from all music


A self-described "Celtic soul" trio, the Script were founded by guitarist Marc Sheehan and vocalist Danny O'Donoghue in 2001. The two musicians had previously performed together in Mytown, an Irish-based boy band that enjoyed moderate success at home but failed to generate international acclaim. After the group disbanded, Sheehan and O'Donoghue spent several years in Los Angeles, where they worked as producers alongside the likes of Teddy Riley, the Neptunes, and Rodney Jerkins. They later relocated to Dublin and recruited Glen Power as their drummer, trading promising careers in production for a blend of contemporary R&B and polished, anthemic pop/rock.

Forging a unique sound based on a diverse list of influences (including U2, the Neptunes, Timbaland, and Van Morrison), the Script saw their debut single, "We Cry," receive heavy airplay in both Ireland and Britain, as well as a nod from the influential BBC Radio DJ Jo Whiley. After signing with Phonogenic Records, the group relocated to London and scheduled both a debut album and an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival for summer 2008. The album proved to be a meteoric success, topping the charts in multiple countries and establishing the Script as 2008's most popular newcomer. The buzz carried through to 2009, when Paul McCartney and U2 both enlisted the band to open several sold-out shows. The Script's sophomore effort, Science and Faith, followed in September of 2010.

Album Review

Despite bursting onto the scene in 2008 with endorsements from Pharrell Williams and a history of working with R&B producers Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins, Dublin three-piece the Script have since become one of the biggest bands in the U.K. thanks instead to their MOR brand of soft rock that the likes of Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty failed to translate from the States over ten years previously. Following an 18-month absence, during which the previous five singles from their chart-topping eponymous debut never left the airwaves, Danny O'Donoghue, Marc Sheehan, and Glen Power return with their follow-up, Science & Faith. Based on the struggle in relationships between men and women rather than the religious themes the title suggests, the trio's second album isn't exactly a radical departure, with previous producers Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner back on board for another set of radio-friendly harmonious guitar pop tracks, all of which sound like they could have been lifted from several other artists' back catalog. Indeed, opening track "You Won't Feel a Thing" veers into the stadium rock territory of fellow Irishmen U2, lead single "For the First Time" is the kind of heartfelt acoustic ballad Snow Patrol have based a career on, and the likes of "Exit Wounds" and "Long Gone and Moved On" echo the more commercial moments of Coldplay's X&Y. Only the military-esque rhythms of "This = Love" offer anything remotely original, with even the bandmembers themselves admitting that the album is more of a continuation of their sound than a transition. Of course, there's no denying that the Script know their way around a melody, and the likes of the soaring string-led "Walk Away" and hook-laden heartbreak of "Nøthing" feature the kind of epic killer choruses that helped their first album shift a million copies. But swamped by the same safe, repetitive, and unadventurous production, the majority of the ten tracks are indistinguishable from one another, making Science & Faith a solid but pedestrian and uninspiring affair.

Track Listing

1 You Won't Feel a Thing Frampton, Kipner, O'Donoghue, Power… 4:33
2 For the First Time O'Donoghue, Sheehan 4:12
3 Nøthing Frampton, Kipner, O'Donoghue, Sheehan 4:31
4 Science & Faith O'Donoghue, Sheehan 4:19
5 If You Ever Come Back Frampton, Kipner, O'Donoghue, Sheehan 4:01
6 Long Gone and Moved On O'Donoghue, Power, Sheehan 4:17
7 Dead Man Walking O'Donoghue, Sheehan 3:54
8 This = Love O'Donoghue, Power, Sargeant, Sheehan 4:20
9 Walk Away O'Donoghue, Power, Sargeant, Sheehan 3:36
10 Exit Wounds Frampton, Kipner, O'Donoghue, Sheehan 4:24