The Script
Sunsets and Full Moons


1.0
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Review

by Arche USER (95 Reviews)
November 8th, 2019 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meaningless drivel.

A couple of weeks back now while tacking security tags onto clothing, fate ordained that I'd get to hear a track from The Script's upcoming album, live in the radio station's studio, along with 'The Man That Can't Be Moved' which, despite being as misguidedly romantic as a song about emotional manipulation can be, is actually a pretty decent pop song in retrospect. To hear their music in a live, somewhat stripped-down setting was nice and reminded me that behind the plethora of studio techniques used to reduce the salvageable remains of their previous two-or-three offerings (of which there were not many, granted) to inane pap, there was a band here that had grown together, success be damned. During the PR slot they talked about the fact that the previous two years had been hard on all the band, dealing with death and the demands of touring, which prompted them to take a step back and breathe some air, and that stepping back into the studio they'd produced some of their best work to date. I absolutely do not doubt the first point – the death of a parent is something that will come to most of us and I cannot wish on anyone, and I also believe that time spent away on tour comes with its own swathe of difficulties.

The second point is an absolute flagrant lie.

If you were hoping for even a slight hope of interesting songwriting then opener 'Something Unreal' will quash that lurid fantasy in almost record time, as the same boring piano intro you've heard a billion times ever since the time that Coldplay started giving up. From here, it's the usual mixture of 'soulful' acoustic guitar, piano and the overwhelming crests-and-falls of EDM's least exciting cesspools which, in effect, makes focusing on Sunsets and Full Moons' musical credentials meaningless – you know what you're getting, and it's not good.

Worth focusing on more, however, is that Danny O'Donaghue's lyricism continues to take a nosedive, as time-and-time again he falls into safe rhymes and trite topics such as 'breaking up', 'self-empowerment', 'friendship' and 'the good old days'. Long gone are the occasions where you feel there was a chance his lyrics actually meant something – the messages here feel more like they were picked out of a lucky-dip bag labelled 'songs what done worked before'. The sole bastion of hope one can take from Sunsets & Full Moons' early stages is that Danny has finally dropped the excruciating ill-fitting 'raps' which have been a plague across their discography; alas, 'Hurt People Hurt People' takes away that dream five tracks in, with a bridge about causation of bullying or disparity or something:-

Some born with a blessing, some born with a curse
Some have it better, yeah, some have it worse
Some are thinking forward but they have it in reverse
No matter how bad it gets, it can always get worse


This kind of vague, righteous ambling is prevalent in almost every single line on Sunsets & Full Moons but comes to an ugly head during 'Underdog', which is arguably one of the laziest, most aggravatingly vapid attempts at appealing to the 'underdog' mentality which could probably be applied to almost anyone who has ever worked under someone or been not quite as good at something as someone else. Furthermore, it's a clear watering-down of 'Hall of Fame' in both topic and style, 'Hall of Fame' a previous candidate for being quite genuinely the laziest, most aggravatingly vapid attempt at appealing to... you get it.

Sunsets & Full Moons makes me sad, more than anything. I can't say I've ever been a huge fan of The Script (I disliked them intensely when they first burst onto 'the scene' as it were) but the fact is, I can sing along with 'Breakeven' or 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved', realise they're pretty well-written pop songs, and most importantly actually feel that The Script are a band with genuine, direct emotions that they can transmit through music. By the time you hit the 25-minute mark during penultimate offering 'The Hurt Game' (owner of a bridge which sounds crudely lifted from Robbie Williams' 'Millennium' and repackaged), the sad realisation kicks in that nothing has stuck. Nothing feels sincere, or memorable, or like it's anything else but Danny hiring ready-made backing tracks from a guy that produces adverts in his spare time and singing over the top. There's nothing inherently wrong with sounding commercial – musicians have gotta eat too, after all – but Sunsets & Full Moons is just lazy and predictable from a band that we know have done better. Sadly, I doubt they can do 'better' any more.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Archelirion
November 8th 2019


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

How... have I broken this...



Band that is now not good makes an album that is surprisingly not good.

Sniff
November 8th 2019


6876 Comments


Get their asses

Archelirion
November 8th 2019


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

They can consider their asses GOT my friend

Source
November 8th 2019


18491 Comments


horrible band thanks for 1ing

mindleviticus
November 8th 2019


10158 Comments


Pretty low hanging fruit but good review ! Pretty funny.

Archelirion
November 9th 2019


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thanks man :] Yeah, I know it's low hanging fruit and I'm a little embarrassed to have written it, but I've been wrangling with how to write another review for ages now and it's pissing me off. Needed something easy to just unclog things (with any luck)

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2019


4543 Comments


The ampersand strikes again

Asdfp277
November 9th 2019


23084 Comments


NO

AMPERSANDS

Archelirion
November 9th 2019


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Ah yeah that'll do it



in my defense it wasn't me that added it!!

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2019


3571 Comments


...at least we don't have to see the album art. Lovely review.

Digging: Moor Mother and Billy Woods - Brass

Archelirion
November 9th 2019


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

'...at least we don't have to see the album art. Lovely review. '



rectified ;]



thank you Jom!

joshieboy
November 9th 2019


7852 Comments


I have barely listened to this band since the first one and the 1 is turning me off checking this. I maintain though, there were some decent songs on their debut and Before The Worst is a good song, but other than that, big fat meh.

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 9th 2019


36495 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

For some reason, I guess because I adored their old singles, I still always hold onto a shred of hope for these guys. Haven't liked them in almost a decade, fully expecting to 1 this, but I'll listen to it this weekend.



Edit: album cover is actually really pretty

Digging: Slaughter Beach, Dog - At The Moonbase

Mort.
November 9th 2019


15519 Comments


'fate was opportune that I'd get to hear a track from The Script's upcoming album'

fate was opportune? this doesnt seem to make sense to me, am i having a brain fart? wouldnt 'fate ordained that id get to .....' make more sense and flow better?

overall though a really entertaining read, posd.





Digging: Protest the Hero - Fortress

Archelirion
November 9th 2019


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

No you're not having a brain fart, that makes zero bloody sense and I'm glad you pulled it up. I'll change that now.

Thank you :]

Mort.
November 9th 2019


15519 Comments


no problem man

god i remember when this band was all over the radios constantly, bit surprised theyre still about tbh

Archelirion
November 9th 2019


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I think they try to break through again like the head of a hydra refusing to die, but I think they're reasonably unimportant now.



Though that could just be my out-of-touchness speaking again. They were on Radio T-- I mean an anonymous radio station after all

Aberf
November 9th 2019


3558 Comments


Your AV makes this review even more appropriate.

Observer
Emeritus
November 9th 2019


8711 Comments


honestly never found these guys to be like nickelback-level bad. Just pop-rock

Digging: Andrew Bayer - If It Were You, We'd Never Leave

Asdfp277
November 9th 2019


23084 Comments


whats wrong with pop rock :[



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