Since we are fast approaching the time for St. Patrick’s Day I thought it would be appropriate to throw a little Irish flair into the CD review section.
The Script’s debut album, filled with music that the band has dubbed Celtic soul, was a huge success in Europe and this their follow up to that shows no signs of a band succumbing to the associated pressures. The first album introduced the three Dubliners to the world and with it came with the hit “Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)”, which got a boost recently when American Idol contestant Chris Medina sang it for his moving audition.
Recorded in London and Dublin and written and produced by band members Danny O’Donoghue (vocals) and Mark Sheehan (drums), “Science & Faith” is comprised of catchy hooks, haunting melodies, soulful vocals, and a healthy dose of anthemic choruses. O’Donoghue switches fluidly between singing and rapping. When he sings he sounds nothing like an Irishman rather he sounds more like a young man from the middle of the United States.
The first single released off the album has been the instant hit “For the First Time” about the economic depression in Ireland and a young couple working through their problems (financial and other) and rediscovering why they fell in love. Another song, “Walk Away” features rapper B.o.B.
Lyrically the album is consistently rich and passionate with words that will ring true with many. Several songs are about breakups and usually of the heart wrenching variety. Seems like one of the writers was working through something.