Monday, 15 September 2014
No Sound Without Silence: The Script - review
My oh my do I love this band.
The Script are a band that I cannot tire of and I could honestly listen to forever. It's kind of strange because I'll always end up listening to music by other artists much more, but then one of their songs will come on shuffle and I'll just feel so secure, like it's a reminder that the music's always there. Their music is instrumentally and lyrically phenomenal. The songs remind me of contemporary fables, with real meaning twisted through the melodies, intertwined with the harmonies and catchy bass lines. They're a band who are really special to me.
I actually saw them live back in March 2013 on their #3 tour and it was just wonderful. The passion they put into their performances is something truly beautiful to be able to witness, and you just feel like they try and play every show like it's their last. I just remember being in awe and stunned by the quality and rawness of the sound. Definitely a band to see live if you haven't.
This album though. Oh my.
No Sound Without Sound is The Script's fourth album and it's just as good as those that came before. I feel like they're a band with never ending longevity, literally they could just continue telling their story through music until the end of time and I would gladly listen, as would many others I'm sure. I think I could talk about every song on this album endlessly, so here's as condensed a track-by-track as I can bring myself to compose:
No Good in Goodbye
The Script are a band who never fail to give me goosebumps, and this is such an amazing song to kick off the album with. I love the instrumental introduction, in particular the simple, but very effective, electric guitar line. I love the use of questions in the chorus; it sort of makes you think about your own answers to them. 'Where's the good in goodbye?' A lot of the time saying goodbye really isn't good, and so why do we say it like that? The song's made me wonder. 'Every word I try to choose, either way I'm gonna lose,' is such a good line; sometimes nothing you can say will change things and I think this song really reiterates how little control we have over things sometimes. It's a really beautiful start to the album.
Superheroes is such a great choice of leading single. It's a real feel good song, with a somewhat sullen beginning, but many, many glimmers of hope leading into an inspirational chorus. I love how The Script just want to spread positive messages regarding life; it gets tough but you can carry on. I think that they're such an important band in that sense, as a lot of others focus on other things, but The Script are just about being the best you can be, and I think it's quite vital that people hear that really. 'She's stronger than you know,' is probably my favourite line. I think the song depicts how people are constantly underestimated in this day and age. It's important that you can know what you're capable of even if no one else believes in you.
Man on a Wire
When I listened to the preview of this a few weeks ago I wasn't really that keen on this song, but the moment I pressed play on the full song I fell in love with it. It's such a pretty song. It's essentially about going out on a limb and taking risks with the metaphor of a 'man on a wire'/tightrope, and the idea that you could fall at any time. In this sense it's about trying not to keep falling for another person, but to get over them and 'keep walking to keep me from falling down.' I love how intricate The Script's lyrical metaphors always are, they put so much thought and detail into all of their songs. And I like that it doesn't sound at all like a heartbreak kind of song, but it's more about looking to the future and moving on. A strong favourite of mine.
It's Not Right for You
If there's anything that this band are, it's honest. They give life lessons through their music and this song is no exception. It's a reminder that you should love and enjoy everything you do, and if you don't then it's not what you should be doing. 'If you even have to think about it, it's not right for you' is both the hook and one of my favourite lines, along with 'you've got one life to love what you do.' I think a lot of people think that due to the tone of their music, The Script aren't necessarily a positive or uplifting band; but if you think that then you're really not listening properly. Because songs like this are so vital to remind people that what they do matters, maybe to other people, but most of all it should matter to yourself. And if it doesn't make you happy then it's probably not worth it. I particularly love the drum beat in this song: it's so simple but I think it fits perfectly.
The Energy Never Dies
The chorus of this song has the most beautiful, inspiring lyrics. It's about how 'time's a ticking bomb,' and none of us know when it's all going to be over, so we should make the most of it whilst we can. And I absolutely adore this message. 'Love will carry on' and 'the energy never dies' are the kind of thoughts that I think people forget about. It might seem like the end, but really everything just continues, through death, and love, and heartache; the world doesn't stop. And I think sometimes we all just think we're a bit more important than we really are in the whole system of life. The truth is we're just living it, and what happens is down to us; and this song really drums that in (maybe even literally because the drumbeat is so strong and powerful in this and I loooove it).
Hope. The lyrics in this song are initially some of the saddest, and then the chorus is so stunningly hopeful. The piano is so simple and pretty, yet the minor key is so tragic, and I love how these elements have been combined, and again with the tone of Danny's voice. It sounds like such a carefully put together song, so much so that it might even break whilst you're listening. It's sad but it's hopeful, and I like how despite the fact it could have been one of the saddest songs I can think of, it isn't.
Army of Angels
All the heart eyes in the whole world. As people we are so dependent on other people, as much as we might think we're not and we can do it all by ourselves, we really can't (damnit). And this song shows how when other believe in us, it literally feel like you've got an army behind you, backing you up and letting you know that you can do whatever it is you want to do, and they'll be there if you ever fall back a little. 'When love's a battle and life's a war,' fully explains how tough life can feel sometimes, but battles end, and so do even the longest of wars. I love the extended metaphor of war throughout the song as well, with an army and bullets, fighting and the idea of being cornered. The song expresses how, with the help of others, you can get out of the corner.
Never Seen Anything "Quite Like You"
I love the intro of this song, just with the piano and acoustic guitar, gradually working up with the voice and then harmony, and violin. I think the musical textures in The Script's songs are my favourite thing overall, how they build up and the sound slowly crescendos or suddenly dips. This is a very pretty ballad, that I honestly thought would be a bit too soppy for me to like, but this band never seem to take it too far into the gooey stuff and I like that. It's a song of pure adoration for every state of a person. It's a love song that only mentions the word 'love' twice, very briefly, and it mentions it only at that one instance 'for this love's more than love,' so they need not say anything further. With lines like that it's really easy to integrate them into what I'm saying. Ugh, this band is so darn good and useful.
Paint the Town Green
This song really embraces so many elements of the band's culture and their country of Ireland, and it's done in a way that I find quite interesting to listen to. It's the kind of song I feel like you'd expect to hear at a parade, with a classic Irish sounding riff at the heart of it, which I adore. It's sort of about taking your heritage with you everywhere you go, and essentially not forgetting who you are and how you became that person. The instrumentation is definitely my favourite part of this song, I love how well it's all put together; the combination of sounds just makes me feel really happy when I hear them altogether.
Without Those Songs
I actually think about the message encased into this song all the time, so I'm kind of amazed that The Script have turned it into a song and genuinely made it one of 'those songs' for me. I'm quite blown away by it in all honesty. I always think about what musicians might be like if they didn't write the songs they did; like, would they be the same person, or would they just have been much more successful at another thing? Would they have just been another person? I think this is probably my favourite song on the album, mainly because I was just so awestruck by it.
Hail Rain or Sunshine
Okay maybe I spoke too soon because I've just remembered how much I love this song. Ughhh too many favourites. 'We laugh through it all' is pretty much the story of my life, I literally just laugh my way through everything. And I think it's important to do that. Make the best of every situation, even if you're laughing at how crappy everything is; laughter makes everything feel a little bit better. I don't think I actually have anything else to really say about this song. I just love it and I think if you listen to it you'll probably understand why. It's happy. And it's nice.
Howl at the Moon
The tone of this song is so yesssss. I am in love. It really reminds me of the tone of another song by I can't remember what it's called; it's an instrumental piece, but the tone is just so similar and sounds really, really familiar to me. I just find the lyrics that The Script compose so incredible, like when I think about how little meaning so many other artists put into their songs in comparison it's like wowza; this band really know what they're doing. Everything is just stunning.
This album is quite frankly sensational. I am completely blown away, as I expected I would be. The Script never fail to up their game, and I'm honestly so impressed by that.
You can check the album out on iTunes here and I highly recommend you do. The band are also going on tour soon, so be sure to check them out when they come near you because they are so, soooo amazing live; I'll definitely be getting down to a gig if I can.
Let me know what you think of The Script and this album, I'd love to know.
Until next time.