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THE SCRIPT

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - BRIAN BOYD

The Script Sony/BMG Two of the three mem­bers of this new Dublin three-piece used to be name pro­duc­ers on the Los An­ge­les mu­sic scene, work­ing with acts such as The Nep­tunes and Rod­ney Jerkins. They ev­i­dently picked up a big bag of sonic tricks along the way: their de­but album comes with the sort of stu­dio sheen that other bands take a hand­ful of al­bums to nail down.

The Scripts’ first sin­gle, We Cry, a big ra­dio hit, was as good an in­tro­duc­tion as any to their sound, a soul­ful vo­cal line over a tight melody that dis­played a ma­tu­rity well be­yond their years. The fol­low-up sin­gle, The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, is a slower-tempo af­fair that al­lows singer Danny O’Donoghue full rein to show­case a very strong and res­o­nant voice.

Else­where, The Script vary the mood and tone with more r’n’bmeets-indie-gui­tar-in­flected ma­te­rial, and on tracks such as Fall for Any­thing they man­age to pro­duce a very full sound for a three piece. At other times, though, they can get a bit too over-wrought for their own good, as on End Where I Be­gin, which could have done with a sparser ar­range­ment. It’s the sort of song that will only in­vite com­par­isons to Keane.

This is very much an AOR album, al­though The Script man­age to pull them­selves back from the brink of that genre’s worse ex­cesses with con­stant con­tem­po­rary flour­ishes through­out the songs. There’s a lot go­ing on in the back­ground but, thank­fully, they seem to have run it though a de-clut­ter­ing fil­ter.

The group are as un-Ir­ish sound­ing as The Repub­lic of Loose. This is an album that could do se­ri­ous dam­age on US ra­dio – it has the sort of sound that ra­dio plug­gers are cry­ing out for – and could well es­tab­lish The Script as fine pur­vey­ors of smooth in­diesoul. www.the­script­mu­sic.com Down­load tracks: The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, We Cry

Ra­dio-friendly: Dublin­ers The Script

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