#3

Studio Album by released in 2012
#3's tracklist:
Good Ol' Days
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Six Degrees of Separation
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Hall of Fame (feat. will.i.am)
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If You Could See Me Now
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Glowing
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Give The Love Around
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Broken Arrow
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Kaleidoscope
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No Words
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Millionaires
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#3 review

No other name for the album

Those who do not know much about The Script should not be confused with the moderate number of albums in the ensemble’s discography. The members of this Irish outfit are not veterans, but neither are they rookies of the musical scene, and The Script project is their second attempt to act together, which seems to be a success. By the moment their third full-length record was ready to come out, the band had already toured around the world, playing some of their concerts alongside U2 and Paul McCartney. Contrary to the common knowledge that a sophomore album is a great ordeal for most performers, The Script’s second long player was a big time release. In a word, in four years of their activity, the Irishmen have made a long journey, but they look like it is only a beginning. The next chapter in The Script chronology is album number three called #3. The making took half a year spent in the ensemble’s own studio, also called Studio 3, by the way. As for the musicians, they say that the title of the new record reflects the identity of their band, a unity of thee equally capable creative elements.

Smooth transfer from the old sound to the new one

It is believed that the CD should be opened with a hit material, one that might knock you to the ground. The Script chose a different option by selecting for the first number a soft rock piece called Good Ol’ Days with slight hue of nostalgia. Then, the band offer their own version of angry breakup song, Six Degrees Of Separation. And only now, placed third in the list, comes a hundred percent hit, Hall Of Fame, with a gorgeous chorus and charming piano lead theme. At the same time, the song marks The Script’s grown interest in hop-hop and R&B. Effort taken by the lads to do some rapping on If You Could See Me Now, and Broken Arrow look worthwhile. Nevertheless, the Irish musicians still do remember how to write melodious and emotional songs with catchy choruses, which they demonstrate in Glowing, and Millionaires. On the other hand, Danny’s falsetto in Kaleidoscope sound less convincing than desired, yet the courage deserves praise. While #3 carries some echoes of The Script debut work, as well as results of the band’s new musical quests, the record sounds as a whole, integral piece.

The CD to match the first two

That The Script do have difficulty writing worthy lyrics has been known from the start of the band. Yet the situation seems to be changing for the better slightly with the release of #3. The number of songs with straightly banal, forced texts on this album is reduced down to minimum. This category should include only Give The Love Around with an insincere and naпve call to share love with everyone around you, and No Words, where the title itself implies the absence of lyrics. However, #3 was not supposed to impress anyone with the depth of its ideas or originality of its concept. The Script pursued a different aim, and it was to make an album as attractive and interesting as their first two, which sold millions of copies. The task seemed close to impossible because the ensemble had actually taken all it could out of the music it was playing. Nevertheless, thank to the distancing from rock towards more pop-oriented sounding and a even more varied vocals, The Script accomplished the mission.