Sellouts; that might be what some out there think of the Irish rockers, The Script.
Back in 2008 the members (Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, and Glen Power) of the Script released their self-titled debut album which took the music world by storm. Being a contemporary rock album full of mesmerizing ballads of loss and tragedy that was hard not to make oneself feel the agony the words were speaking. Their 3rd CD (#3 is the title, ironically), however, was the beginning of the end for some Script fans. The reason being, that they were starting their slow progression down the road of pop artists. This can be seen just as much, if not more in No Sound without Silence. One problem as well with this album that you will see come up is the repetitiveness of the songs on display here. Not that any one song would sound bad as a single, but when the songs all sound similar, it starts leading to boredom (at times).
Another area must be looked at, and that is the Script’s ability to dirty up content. If you are a fan of The Script (like myself) you will know that 3-5 of their songs (on each album) have harsh language and Irish stereotypes of drunkenness and partying (each prior album holds an “explicit” label). Seeing them live this year makes it that much worse with the likes of Sheehan’s mouth. These areas should be addressed for Christians in search of a good album to kick back to and listen to.
The (Quick) Head’s Up:
What came as a shocker to me is that No Sound without Silence is very clean comparing to their past works. The first song does mention that the singer’s life can be compared to a “hell.” Track number 10 mentions a “stoner” and number 11 mentions a “smoking break,” but aside from these brief areas of concern, this album is uncharacteristically clean.
Track by Track
1. No Good in Goodbye – 2/5
You have heard this song before, catchy start with almost no payoff when it comes to its bland and forgettable chorus. It is what is found in the middle to end of many albums, it is rare to have it as the “kick off.” That is not to say that the lyrics are without meaning or depth. Their ability to get across the pain and agony of loss is something they have always been strong in, and it is no different here. It does, however, hold the lyrics, “…don’t see the silent ‘hell’ in ‘I wish you well’” that would give you a just reason to raise an eyebrow or two.
2. Superheroes – 5/5
What can I say? It is so typical and cliché it is almost hilarious. This song has been remade and rewrote in numerous forms by both the Script and those in the pop cultured world, but I can’t help loving it. It is the song that inspires those who have gone through more of their fair share of heartbreak, yet are the ones who we can look to as “superheroes.” The music and melody is something rather familiar to those who have listened to The Script for some time now, but it is still as catchy as I’ll get out. It is the song that will inspire ungraceful music videos and sappy commercials. But most importantly, the people who are down on their luck who need some uplift from time to time.
3. Man on a Wire – 4/5
This is what sould have replaced song #1. It is not overly special; it follows the same order of relatable heartache, but this time with an attention grabbing tune that reminds me of their previous “Man Who Can’t be Moved.” It follows the idea of a man trying to somehow reach the impossible goal of getting over the one he loves, and it is done in a well-crafted manner.
4. It’s Not Right for You – 3/5
You may be scratching your head when this song comes on next, that is because you could have sworn you just heard it. Not a bad song over all, in fact it has some good (if a bit heavy-handed and cheesy) messages of doing what you love in life. So overall a good morale catchy song by itself, but the repetition of the songs sounds are going to start taking their toll by this time.
5. The Energy Never Dies – 3/5
Yes, the repetition continues in sound, but thank God for some happiness. When we finally get to this song, some upbeat messages are well deserved to the listener. Here is a song of how this particular individual’s love will never die, just like the energy. This is the turn that the album starts making in the right direction, thank goodness.
6. Flares – 5/5
Now we have some creative music making. We have a slow paced song of depth and pain when it comes to each person’s circumstances that he/she has been through, yet with the reminder of “flares.” These “flares” O’Donoghue reminds us are the sparks that give us hope, that give us reason to endure. Though hard times occupy us, we have received glimmers of either experience or triumph over these hard times. In other words, one of my favorite songs in the album!
7. Army of Angels – 3/5
Overcoming bad with good; what a concept. That is the brief yet encouraging message that the band tries to get across in “Army of Angels.” It is specifically directed towards ones loved one, yet the message surpasses and goes further than just a romantic pop song. This too has the familiar beat as past songs, but with enough interest and inspirational moments to receive my “thumbs up.”
8. Never Seen Anything “Quite Like You” – 4/5
As soon as I read the lyrics (prior to hearing the song), I looked over at my sisters and said “they’re trying to make a wedding song.” My suspicions were justified when said sisters swooned over the beautiful and sappy melody and lyrics. Yes it is sappy, but its creativity, sweetness, and that stinking good background Irish flute made me a fan.
9. Paint the Town Green – 5/5
A tour de force of sorts is on display in “Paint the town green.” The simple message of making someone’s Saint Patrick’s Day special even when you can’t afford a trip back to old Dublin is plainly, pretty stinking awesome! It goes without saying that I love this song. It’s catchy, Irish, and an all-around awesome tune that will make St. Patty’s days to follow special.
10. Without Those Songs – 2/5
Paying homage to the great musical idols of days past should sound a little more interesting in my humble opinion. No, it does not have to be all in your face, but it should have a little bit of excitement. The song about reminiscing about how the circumstances that these great musicians went through that inspired their best songs falls quite flat. It should be noted that it also talks about Bob Marley being a “stoner.”
11. Hail, Rain or Sunshine – 4/5
Once again, we meet a song of mawkish and over the top encouragement, but sometimes that is nice. This is a song about enduring the hard times, because those good times make it all worth it. We are living a good life and having a good time, sometimes we need that reminding.