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The Script - The Script
By the time 'Before The Worst' - the second track on The Script's debutalbum - gets going, it's already possible to imagine this entire albumringing out of speaker systems in department stores across the country.
It's obvious that The Script are headed for a success similar to that of fellow pop-rockers Snow Patrol.In fact current single 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved'sounds like a mix of Snow Patrol with a downbeat Maroon 5. It's mostly lead singer Danny O'Donaghue's vocal abilities that stand out here. There are times when his voice is reminiscent of Jeff Buckley when it swoops and dives through the chorus of 'Break Even'.
You'veonly got to look at the track times to see that The Script's debut iswell geared-up for the pop market. The upbeat, piano-driven 'Fall ForEverything' is the only tune bold enough to nudge over thefour-and-a-half minute mark, and even then only by a whisker. Theentire LP is evidently airplay-friendly by design. Most tracks havethat singalong addictiveness that's required to cause chart turbulencethese days - though some listeners will surely find The Script's brandof catchiness a little grating.
The initial verse of 'If You See Kay' offers a rare break from the usual formula with a spiralling guitar hook and Glen Powerbriefly unleashing the funk that no doubt once propelled his career asa session drummer. Final track, 'I'm Yours', is a slow-paced liltingnumber which has little more to say than what's expressed by the title.
Fortheir debut album, The Script have done well. Tracks are well-honed,solidly constructed and excellently produced. The side effect though,is a lack of spontaneity and a slight feeling of déjà vu.