Music Preview Review: No Sound Without Silence

The Script, a popular Irish band, is set to release its fourth studio album, “No Sound Without Silence,” on Sept. 30, and it is perfect for the soft-pop fan. The album is comprised of 12 songs and can be previewed on iTunes or on YouTube. Please note: This review is based on the preview via YouTube, and may be subject to change after the release of the album and the songs in their entirety.

The album opens weakly with a soft and slow piece, “No Good in Goodbye.” On its own, this is a sweet and catchy song. However, as the opening to the album, I was discouraged by its lack of grandeur. The second song of the album, “Superheroes,” which was its first single, would have made a better album introduction.

However, I have to confess that the melodies are some of the most catchy and soothing I’ve ever heard. Reminiscent of a combination of its previous singles (“Breakeven,” “Hall of Fame”) and poppy trends of the band One Republic, it draws the listener into swaying along with the uplifting melodic lines. Fans of the Script prior to this album will not be disappointed.

From what I’ve heard thus far, the lyrical content is probably the most disheartening aspect of the album. Though there are a few exceptions, such as in the song, “Flares,” for the most part, the words are a combination of overly used clichés and common phrases, and the rhyme scheme is not a thing of extraordinary beauty. An example of this is in the song, “The Energy Never Dies,” which features lyrics such as “Take every minute, make it last for life / Oh, 24-seven, baby, three-six-five.”

My personal favorite was “Flares,” which had a hauntingly beautiful piano mixing with the creatively-placed crescendos and emotionally-driven vocal elegance of lead singer Danny O’Donoghue. Power lyrics include: “Did you break but never mend? / Did it hurt so much you thought it was the end?” and the hope in the ending lyrics of the chorus, “’Cause someone’s out there / Sending out flares.”

There were a few other stand out songs, such as “Never Seen Anything Quite Like You,” and “Paint the Town Green,” which are some of the most heartfelt and positively upbeat songs that inspire listeners to believe in life and love.

Overall, I would give this album preview a seven out of ten. Though I was mostly discouraged by the lyrics, the album still has a lot of key factors that give it a “wow” factor in its own soft-pop genre. I’m excited for it to officially release in the United States, and am anticipating to buy a few of the tracks for my iPod.

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