album review: the script
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

With Science and Faith, gentle rockers The Script continue to cook candy-cane rock with a fresh batch of single-idea songs that reverberate well with the teenage girl crowd. Not much has changed since 2008's self titled debut, aesthetically or otherwise. But despite simplicity and a mostly made-for-TV view of both love and loss, the optimistic hooks and sap-laden bedside chatter is much more enjoyable than a significant amount of today's popular music. Well-written, hummable, and tightly produced, The Script are the epitome of what modern pop rock should be; less hand-holding Jonas Brothers drivel and more talks of whiskey, loneliness and arguments (however watered down for terrestrial radio those vignettes might be). You can knock the content as too PG for Best Drama contention and too risky for Disney, but the music world isn't a Loews Cineplex. If Jason Derulo is the salted Spam of pop music, these guys are the steak. They're real, textured, and universally consumable.

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