The Script
No Sound Without Silence



by VaxXi USER (30 Reviews)
September 17th, 2014 | 71 replies

Release Date: 09/12/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Hall's exit is on your right...

What was it about Breakeven, The First Time, or The Man Who Can't Be Moved that made them such outstanding songs" What was it about The Script’s earlier work that made them more than a guilty pleasure but a genuinely interesting group" These were two questions that played off in my mind back and forth relentlessly as I forced myself to trudge through No Sound Without Silence’s tracks this week. As every song reverberated through my mind with empty beats and forgettable melodies I was more focused on finding an answer to my questions than actually listening to what it was I was meaning to review. Had any of these questions even mattered" Were they even worth pondering for a group that had two good albums at best" It was at some point through my endless seas of drafts and listening to Superheroes for the umpteenth time in a row that I had realized everything that I was asking had such simple answers.

You see, the problem with No Sound Without Silence isn’t just it’s bland production, backwards presentations and constant, forgettable writing and music. Which are all fatal annoyances mind you, but the biggest problem with No Sound Without Silence is how openly comfortable The Script are with their clear cut mediocrity. They’re not only missing the point of what made their self titled and in certain aspects Science/Faith good albums. They’re also under some misguided delusion that their new style is actually appealing to those who haven’t heard them as a group before. That these water downed mindless blends of simplistic guitar strings droning in and out of their respectively dull synth leads are actually appealing to new fans. But I digress, simply put there is nothing good about No Sound Without Silence. In the long run even #3 had some worth to it. While it suffered the same drawbacks of No Sound, there were at least moments where the group looked like they cared. Though here, there doesn’t seem to be a single genuine moment of sincerity or charm as every track passes one ear and out the other like some kind of sick, perverted elevator music.

The occurring issues of No Sound Without Silence start in the instant that the first guitar kicks in. Once again The Script have toned down their groovy bubble pop rock sound for a slower, more alternative sound that doesn’t suit the group’s up-beat and charismatic frontman in anyway. With the new wave of uninspired rock and pop blends comes even worse lyrics. Taking inspirations out of a “How-to write” handbook come some of the worst cookie cutter lyrics that the band has put out to date yet. So bad that it’s insulting to their previous talents. Rather it be the by the numbers heartbreak anthem of “you broke up with me but I’m A-OK” in No Good In Goodbye or Without Those Songs. Or to the downright insulting lyrics from tracks like Never Seen Anything Quite Like You. Seriously, how did you go from Breakeven to this:

Well I've seen you in jeans with no make-up on
And I've stood there in awe as your date for the prom
I'm blessed as a man to have seen you in white
But I've never seen anything quite like you tonight

The album doesn’t sound any better either. All the guitars, pianos, and synths bleed into each other to create incredibly vapid progressions throughout the album’s entire running time. Tracks like Hail, Rain, or Sunshine and Paint The Town Green try their hardest to jam oddly out of place scottish-esque chanting and skip beat guitars into the mix, but without any power on the vocal side they only end up being forced. Meanwhile the rest of the tracks continue with the same guitar intro, synth verse, piano break, guitar/synth crescendo and then a slow fade out structure. It get’s to the point where the lines blur between each track and you just end up hearing Hall of Fame thirteen times. Just with less Will.I.Am. And considering how terrible The Script’s fourth effort turned out to be, maybe Will.I.Am would’ve been an improvement to the album. If you for some odd reason were considering to pick up a copy of this album just let that closing thought sink in for a minute.

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September 16th 2014


Stream here if you hate yourself:

Buy here if you really think the ten dollars this album costs cant be used for better things like donating to charity:

This may of come off a little more ranty than I hoped, but I am seriously mad at this album. Because of that, I welcome all suggestions and criticism.

September 16th 2014


lol this band is so fucking bad

Digging: Glassjaw - Material Control

September 16th 2014


awful band

Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2014


"The album doesn’t sound any better either, all guitars, pianos, and synths bleed into each other to create incredibly vapid progressions throughout the album’s entire running time."

break it up a bit... maybe put a period after 'either'.

"interesting group?These"
put a space

italicize album titles

"writing and music. Which are all fatal annoyances mind you"
starting the sentence with 'which' in this case reads awkwardly.

"They’re also under some misguided delusion that their new style is actually appealing to those who haven’t heard them as a group before."
something about this statement irks me... I mean, they wouldn't have recorded this album if they didn't think new listeners might enjoy it, given that you already pointed out how weak it is compared to their older stuff... it just seems like a really obvious observation and not really any grounds for criticism

As soon as I saw '' I laughed... he just seems like such a yes-man producer to me, idk. anyway, a fun read and a good review. I just had a couple nitpicks

September 16th 2014


Good review, I shall stay as far away from this if possible.
"If you for some odd reason we’re considering to pick up a copy of this album just let that closing thought sink in for a minute."

"we're" should be "were"

September 16th 2014


Thanks for the stuff guys, my auto correcter shit is on the fritz right now and im not too good finding errors myself. I ought to get a proofreader.

Anyways, I really loved these guys. To me their first album was phenomenal and their second one was great. They were easily one of my favorites in the mainstream vein of rock and pop music. It really was a shame to see them falling to pieces like that.

Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2014


oh and:
"The Hall's exist is on your right..."

September 16th 2014


Referring to their song The Hall of Fame from their last album. I was hoping some people would've caught on.

But considering no one caught onto my puns either, im going to go with no one here really listens to them.

September 16th 2014


absolutely fucking terrible band

Digging: DJ Richard - Path of Ruin

September 16th 2014


Welp, I guess im the only one here who actually liked these guys :/

September 16th 2014


I thought that Superheroes was an alright song but it looks like this will be terrible like their last.

Digging: Michael Hurley - Armchair Boogie

September 16th 2014


Album Rating: 1.5

These guys were decent at one time, but now they're just the worst

Digging: Belle and Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems Pt. 1

September 16th 2014


I agree, I really think they could've been outstanding if they expanded on their first album a little more, even if it meant losing their mainstream rock status.

Ah well :/

Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2014


who actually listens to this band

Digging: Godflesh - Post Self

Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2014


Album Rating: 1.0

Awful band. Was kinda hoping Sowing would tear these guys another new one, but you managed just fine. Pos.

September 17th 2014


There are some decent tunes on their first album. I guess everything afterwards is forgettable. Nice write-up!

Digging: Blood Cultures - Happy Birthday

September 17th 2014


Album Rating: 1.0

These guys need to stahp now.

Digging: Swarms - Black Chapel Sun

September 17th 2014


Have a pos. This type of music gives me severe headaches.

September 17th 2014


Album Rating: 1.0

Singer lived just up the road from me growing up, but he was like four years older so I never knew him that well. Anyway, band sucks chode

September 17th 2014


Album Rating: 1.5

What is this supposed to sound like? Its like the soundtrack for a Disney movie.

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