The most daring the group treads is a hook-up with will.i.am - which by all accounts could be seen by some as a pretty risky decision. Nevertheless, the rapper's vocoder holds up on lead single 'Hall of Fame', which results in a buoyant tribute to the unsung heroes in our communities. That said, while the trailer cut is a celebration of people, the remainder of the record centres heavily around heartbreak and love.
The soundscape rarely escapes stadium-soaring guitar riffs, anthemic "oohs" and "ahhs" and intricate piano, but it's a mixture that continues to complement the group's narrative. Whether it's venting about a past relationship on 'Six Degrees of Separation' or embarking on a boozy pub crawl in 'Good Ol' Days', The Script's lyrics remain slick and relatable. The most poignant of these moments is on 'If You Could See Me Now', where Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan sing-speak about the premature passing of their parents.
What's more, when The Script do slip out of their foolproof method for a soft-rock anthem, it delivers surprising results. 'Give The Love Around' - a track about loving your family and foes - is a light composition of strings with flecks of reggae that serves as a welcome change. Don't get us wrong, The Script have hardly torn up the rulebook for #3, but with a proven track record, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Tracks to download: 'Hall of Fame', 'Six Degrees of Separation', 'If You Could See Me Now'
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Watch the music video for The Script's 'Hall of Fame' below: