Pop rock band The Script has had a pretty consistent run in the music industry so far. Radio hits here and there, a strong original sound, and mass appeal all fall under the category of The Script’s discography. Since their start in 2008, the band has done a fantastic job of keeping up with the trends of popular music, and their new record No Sound Without Silence is their strongest attempt yet.
It’s safe to say that boy bands are back and bigger than ever. Massively popular acts like One Direction are the epitome of what the radio listeners are craving these days: soft and catchy hooks. The Script are clearly not some boy band, but these poppy elements show up very often in No Sound Without Silence. “Superheroes” has undeniably catchy melodies and a sweet supplement of piano to enhance this radio friendly sound; the “woah ohs” of “The Energy Never Dies” is incredibly familiar, as well. Another notable pop anthem from the album is “Never Seen Anything Quite Like You.” This song screams boy band material with the super romantic style and words. The lyrics “Sometimes words just ain’t enough for this love that’s more than love” are very adorable, but a little overdone.
That being said, No Sound Without Silence isn’t black and white either. It’s actually quite green. When first hearing the Celtic introduction of “Paint The Town Green” or the Irish sounding background of “Hail, Rain, or Sunshine” it can easily throw any listener off, but once you find out that the prideful band is from Ireland, supporting their musical choices on this album becomes a lot easier. It’s wonderful that The Script incorporate their nationality into their music; it’s something that you don’t often see in mainstream music. No matter where you are from or what your experience is, everyone can feel the cure of homesickness in the spirited sound of “Paint The Town Green.”
The Script certainly throw their listeners a few curveballs on this record, but there is almost always one or two elements that will keep you listening. For example, “Without Those Songs” has slow and simple melodies, but when you dig a little deeper, the song is a commemoration to all the greatest musicians of the world and how they have impacted our lives. The words “The beauty of their lives/ is when they’re dead and gone / the world still sings along” is a bit elementary, but doesn’t take away any of the truth behind it, leaving any music lover appreciative of this track. Even the simple lyrics of “It’s Not Right For You” hold importance to listeners (“Are you happy with the world that you’re living in? / If not, you got to change what you do”). The themes of these songs stand out, however it’s up to The Script to develop them more artistically. Nevertheless, hidden in the record is the golden track “Flares.” The band has proven to thrive on moving and intense tones with this track, and would have done exceptional on this album if this element was more relevant. The melodic hooks and chilling ambience tie in to make the highlight of the album and sheds light on any underestimation on The Script.
For their fourth studio album, it’s great that The Script are still producing music that is strong in the scene. Of course, keeping up with styles of pop can be challenging, especially for a band that integrates so many different elements in their music. No Sound Without Silence is clearly a newer sound that The Script is tackling, but if they keep at it and improve, great things can happen.