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Science & Faith
The Script Science & Faith
Released 10 September 2010

Mark Sheehan, Danny O'Donoghue, Andrew Frampton, Steve Kipner
Label RCA
Length 42:12
Genre Alternative rock, pop
Website www.thescriptmusic.com

As clichéd as it is to catalogue The Script into the ‘love them or hate them’ category, it’s very hard not to pigeonhole an act that truly divides the country. Adored by the teen scene, scorned by the college kids, The Script join a long list of Irish acts who have failed to think outside the box and push the boundaries of musical experimentation. Science & Faith builds on a formula derived from their debut, with very little variation throughout. If you enjoy the opening track, chances are you will feel the same about the tenth, but will struggle to differentiate all that’s in between. They do what The Script do, not necessarily well, but they do it.

There is a hell of a lot of awful acts in the world, and The Script are not one of these. Danny et al seem like affable fellows, and this radiates through the lyrics and melodies of Science & Faith. They write about simple tales of love and love lost; the latter makes me wonder what our main man is doing to upset all these women that are the subject matter for their music? The absence of a distinctive bass guitar is noticeable, but for a band that are essentially a modern-day cross between U2 and Aslan, it’s not necessarily required (can you recall a killer Adam Clayton lick?).

'If You Ever Come Back' and 'Nothing' edge slightly ahead of the rest of the pack, while the opening track, 'You Won’t Feel A Thing', will place a glimmer of doubt into the minds of the haters. The fact of the matter is that if you are a fan of The Script, you will either have bought the first single, 'For The First Time', or the album itself already. If you are on the opposite side of the fence, it will be a difficult task to convert you, but it would be a shame not to give the album a run through. I may appear to be walking a fine line between both sides, but if I fall, Danny will be there to catch me.

- Brian Cleere