The Script
#3


1.0
awful

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
October 12th, 2012 | 222 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I found the cure for bad music

I kid you not – listen to any album immediately following The Script’s third effort, aptly titled #3, and it will immediately sound better. I do not claim extensive knowledge in the science of sound, but I’ve tested this theory enough times to know that it is an extremely effective home remedy...just like mom used to make. The first time #3 passed through my ears, it made Coheed and Cambria’s The Afterman: Ascension sound like the artistic unveiling of a lifetime. Then I thought to myself, okay, but that album is actually pretty good. So I continued to test my hypothesis, pitting it against the likes of The Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D., Britney Spears’ greatest hits collection, the new Hinder album, and finally a playlist featuring The Fray’s ‘How To Save A Life’ on repeat. Every single time, it felt as though I was hearing the Beatles for the first time. So while that is admittedly bad news for The Script, it would still seem ungrateful for me not to tip my hat off to Danny O’Donoghue for creating what might be the worst album of all time.

Let me preface my hatred for this album by explaining that it took me a long time to warm up to this band. I remember enjoying radio hits such as ‘Breakeven’ and ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ only to be turned off by their self-titled debut’s failure to match those songs’ quality at any other point. With the release of Science & Faith, I almost made the mistake of dismissing them as a “singles band” before realizing that the album was actually fairly consistent across the board. So I wouldn’t say that I approached #3 with a negative outlook – it was actually quite the contrary. For the first time in my relationship with The Script, I actually had some expectations: a few decently crafted, poignant alt-rock tunes for the airwaves and tracks in between that didn’t leave the standouts flapping in the wind. It’s my fault, really, for being so trusting. As Danny O’Donoghue awkwardly fumbles through every single track with nauseating rap verses, completely forgettable choruses, and an almost negative presence of hooks, you too will find yourself looking for any way out you can find.

The main thing The Script always had going for them was their thoughtful lyrics and melodic, emotional delivery. Their tales of heartbreak were impossible not to relate to, from the unrequited love on ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ to the drunken phone calls attempting to “win the girl back” on ‘Nothing.’ #3 sees all of the band’s best traits get canned in favor of O’Donoghue’s inflated sense of self worth, as he infuses the vast majority of the record with his clumsy, rhythm-challenged rapping and laughable attempts at serious lyrical content. In ‘Give The Love Around’, he preaches about the future of our children: “We gotta change before the train leaves the station / And realize the revolution in a revelation.” In ‘Hall of Fame’, pointlessly featuring will.i.am, he presses on, “Do it for your people / Do it for your pride / How you ever gonna know if you never even try?” The only song containing lyrics that are hard to criticize is the moving tribute to O’Donoghue’s parents on ‘If You Could See Me Now’, but even then the musical competency and vocal delivery of the song is in grim shape. ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ seeks to step into the “breakup ballad” role that ‘Breakeven’ and ‘Nothing’ accomplished before, but it misses by a wide margin because of this god-awful chorus:

First, you think the worst is a broken heart
What's gonna kill you is the second part
And the third, Is when your world splits down the middle
And fourth, you're gonna think that you fixed yourself
Fifth, you see them out with someone else
And the sixth, is when you admit that you may have fucked up a little

The whole cutesy sing-by-numbers thing has been done before, and sadly, it’s been done better. Besides, anything that reminds me of The Plain White T’s ‘1, 2, 3, 4’ needs to remain as far away from my ears as possible. ‘Glowing’ and ‘Kaleidoscope’ are the closest things to traditional Script songs, and both falter due to a complete lack of anything interesting occurring – at all. Scratch that, it goes beyond a lack of innovation – because let’s be honest with ourselves, who the fuck expects that. The songs aren’t even enjoyable as guilty pleasure pop music. Every song from ‘Good Ol’ Days’ to ‘Millionaire’ can’t even be afforded the luxury of filler tags, because they simply don’t go away quietly – they insist on badgering you with annoying quirks, which usually end up coming in the form of O’Donoghue’s ever-prevalent rapping. Unfortunately, even when you wipe #3 clean of these types of musical atrocities, there’s still nothing but bland, lifeless music going on behind the scenes. It’s downright pathetic, especially for a group that has shown flashes of potential in the past.

Unless you plan on practicing my healing methods to improve other atrocious music, it would be wise to steer clear of #3. If there was anything musically, vocally, or lyrically redeeming about the album, I’d say at least give it a chance – but unfortunately, The Script has given me nothing to work with. From here, it’s just a matter of how long it takes this band to realize that they may have fucked up more than just a little.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2012


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

/rant

you know when I hate an album that it's really bad

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Cygnatti
October 12th 2012


22347 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

daaaaaaang, gotta 1 this




now

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Tyrael
October 12th 2012


20974 Comments


'you know when I hate an album that it's really bad'

wisdom

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012


50960 Comments


Hot damn

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tommygun
October 12th 2012


25425 Comments


whoa whoa whoa

sixdegrees
October 12th 2012


17731 Comments


wow, what a creative name for their 3rd album

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Spare
October 12th 2012


5450 Comments


never heard this band but it's probs no worse than any of the other crap you like

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Ethics
October 12th 2012


4112 Comments


recommended by reviewer
Albums That Don't Suck

chambered49
October 12th 2012


1727 Comments


never heard this band but it's probs no worse than any of the other crap you like



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2012


15083 Comments


"never heard this band but it's probs no worse than any of the other crap you like"

is every user like this now? i can seriously imagine this comment verbatim coming from twenty other people

eurgh

Spare
October 12th 2012


5450 Comments


who are you

mindleviticus
October 12th 2012


8331 Comments


very biased

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2012


4458 Comments


you know when I hate an album that it's really bad


Sorry, mate, you gave Opeth's Heritage a 2. So that comment is not so valid in my eyes. Though this particular artist isn't really my kind of music so I havent heard this.

Good review though, as always.

Itwasthatwas
October 12th 2012


772 Comments


That was because heritage is awful though. Probably won't listen to this though I chuckle whenever these guys come on the
radio

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2012


4458 Comments


Not to go off topic, but I thought Heritage was a very well orchestrated album for what it was. Just a collection of songs that reflect both classic and modern styles of Progressive rock. It was very entertaining and at times stunning, at least I thought it was.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012


50960 Comments


lol butthurt alert


SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2012


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I thought heritage was bland. I stopped bothering trying to find redeeming qualities a while ago.

Itwasthatwas
October 12th 2012


772 Comments


Yeah it wasn't worth the effort after a point

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012


20158 Comments


Sowing are you still going to review Anberlin's new album?

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Lenix
October 12th 2012


793 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yea but spare is cool

but so is sowing hm :/



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