Science & Faith

Science & Faith

by The ScriptThe Script

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Overview

Despite bursting onto the scene in 2008 with endorsements from Pharrell Williams and a history of working with R&B producers Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins, Dublin three-piece the Script have since become one of the biggest bands in the U.K. thanks instead to their MOR brand of soft rock that the likes of Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty failed to translate from the States over ten years previously. Following an 18-month absence, during which the previous five singles from their chart-topping eponymous debut never left the airwaves, Danny O'Donoghue, Marc Sheehan, and Glen Power return with their follow-up, Science & Faith. Based on the struggle in relationships between men and women rather than the religious themes the title suggests, the trio's second album isn't exactly a radical departure, with previous producers Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner back on board for another set of radio-friendly harmonious guitar pop tracks, all of which sound like they could have been lifted from several other artists' back catalog. Indeed, opening track "You Won't Feel a Thing" veers into the stadium rock territory of fellow Irishmen U2, lead single "For the First Time" is the kind of heartfelt acoustic ballad Snow Patrol have based a career on, and the likes of "Exit Wounds" and "Long Gone and Moved On" echo the more commercial moments of Coldplay's X&Y. Only the military-esque rhythms of "This = Love" offer anything remotely original, with even the bandmembers themselves admitting that the album is more of a continuation of their sound than a transition. Of course, there's no denying that the Script know their way around a melody, and the likes of the soaring string-led "Walk Away" and hook-laden heartbreak of "Nøthing" feature the kind of epic killer choruses that helped their first album shift a million copies. But swamped by the same safe, repetitive, and unadventurous production, the majority of the ten tracks are indistinguishable from one another, making Science & Faith a solid but pedestrian and uninspiring affair.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Sony Import
UPC: 0886977544927
catalogNumber: 7754492
Rank: 115472

Tracks

  1. You Won't Feel a Thing
  2. For the First Time
  3. Nothing
  4. Science & Faith
  5. If You Ever Come Back
  6. Long Gone and Moved On
  7. Dead Man Walking
  8. This = Love
  9. Walk Away
  10. Exit Wounds

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Script   Primary Artist,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Paul Kegg   Celli
Steve Morris   Leader
Robert Smissen   Viola
Clare Finnimore   Viola
Mary Scully   Bass
Bill Hawkes   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Ian Humphries   Violin
Julian Leaper   Violin
Everton Nelson   Violin,Leader
Ian Burdge   Celli
Sophie Harris   Celli
Andrew Frampton   Guitar,Keyboards
Simon Baggs   Violin
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Rick Koster   Violin
Louisa Fuller   Violin
Ben Sargeant   Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Kipner   Composer,Producer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Kevin Westenberg   Band Photo
Steve Averill   Art Direction
Gary Kelly   Art Direction
Mark Sheehan   Composer,Producer
Andrew Frampton   Composer,Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Script   Programming
Glen Power   Composer
Dan Frampton   Engineer
Daniel O'Donoghue   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Ben Sargeant   Composer

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