Review: The Script - No Sound Without Silence
It may not be a complete stretch to suggest that The Script return with a renewed sense of determination. That's not to say the band haven't been wildly successful.
Aviva sellouts? Check. Singer was a judge on a Saturday night talent show? Check. Mega-selling albums? Well, yes, pretty much.
For you see, where their debut and Science & Faith went multi-time platinum, #3 has been their weakest seller to date and was the first to miss the top spot in the UK (albeit, no.2 means you're doing something right).
Danny O'Donoghue blamed the presence of the band's faces on an album cover for it not performing as strongly, and there has been some benefit to them being an image-less band.
The fact that their tracks have such a well-polished sheen you can see your face in them would also help. This theme continues on tracks like the "up with the downtrodden" anthem 'Superheroes' and 'Energy Never Dies', whose opening melody bears more than a passing resemblance to Art Garfunkel's 'Bright Eyes'.
Pretty much every pop star - from Bono to Miley - is namechecked on 'Without Those Songs', while 'Never Seen Anything Quite Like You' is a swaying and sweet ballad that could probably do without the jarring use of "prom", especially for a band who are only too happy to put on the green jersey.
Case-in-point, 'Paint The Town Green', which sounds as if written to be the anthem of Coppers' different embassies around the world, frequented by Irish emigrants. It is, however, a moment of light relief in a pretty earnest album. And while many lines may induce a cringe ('No Good In Goodbye'), their ear for a pop hook can't be denied.