Single Review: The Script – ‘Science & Faith’

“Keane-style guitar with soft-rock piano and their ever astute ear for an infectiously catchy chorus are the main ingredients here”


Digital Release: May 30, 2011

Physical Release: May 30, 2011

The Script’s return to chart prominence hasn’t boded quite as well for them as one could guess they expected, or at least hoped. But one could argue their album didn’t bode well for it’s listeners either. And after a successful début album, surely more of the same would’ve earned them a few more Top 10 hits and possibly even a BRIT Award? It seems not. Even if their sophomore effort did well in the UK and Ireland, it’s singles haven’t served them so well, as only one – ‘For The First Time’ – managed to get anywhere near the top of the chart. And so, with singles ‘Nothing’ and ‘If You Ever Come Back’ going completely unnoticed, single four looks set to do the same.

‘Science & Faith’ is one of the better cuts from the album of the same name and in typical style of the trio. Keane-style guitar with soft-rock piano and their ever astute ear for an infectiously catchy chorus are the main ingredients here – “You won’t find faith or hope down a telescope”, Danny sings as the chorus hits the listener. Now, I’ve never been the greatest advocate of Danny’s voice. His sandpaper croon all too often challenges itself to scale untold highs; it rather sounds like puberty when he really gives it some. But the same voice can be incredibly warming, and the kind of voice you’d love to snuggle up to while listening to sloppy, lovelorn lyrics that illustrates ‘Science & Faith’.

As a band who’ve never shied away from penning some of the most unashamed lyrics as odes to love and all other emotions derived from it – confusion, heartbreak, and regret being their firm favourites – you can expect to be searching online for the lyrics, in the hope that no, he didn’t actually sing that, that he? Or that someone, somewhere, could understand what Danny’s singing in his constant attempts to squeeze too many syllables into one melodic phrase – “Having heavy conversations about the frivolous constellations of our souls”, being a prime example here.

The Script have fallen into the same trap that’s been eating away at the success of bands like Scouting For Girls or Maroon 5 for the past few years. Whilst hugely successful at first, maybe more of the same isn’t the way to go? A slight deviation in sound may be in the pipeline, and it’s probably for the best. No-one’s asking for them to skew off onto a complete music/image tangent and wants them to come back armed with lens-less glasses, blazers and keytars, but exploration of sound would be a welcomed prospect for album number three. 

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