About the album
My ultimate Script album. It shows off the unique voice of the band thanks to the special combination of their individual talents and genres. From Danny’s soulful approach shining in I’m Yours, through Glen’s orientation towards rock (like Rusty Halo) to Mark’s fascination with hip-hop appearing in various verses throughout the album, it’s an ideal mash-up.
As most first albums it’s of course full of the “we’re gonna make it” type of idealistic enthusiasm, which in The Script’s case totally came true. The lack of pretence is the strongest point of these songs, they don’t want to be more or look stronger than they are, as Danny said “I’m proud to stand up and say that I’m broken”. There was some tragedy during that time that prompted some of the sadness and bitterness they wrote about but they’re not Depeche Mode-like dark songs. There’s always some light and positivity somewhere among the tears and that’s the other part of their attraction apart from their sheer honesty and clever lyrics.
It’s not an album that was made quickly. The songs were recorded throughout 2.5 years in 2005-2008 in 3 countries (read more), Ireland, USA and the UK. (I wrote a special series on their studio work here.) The album was released on the 8th of August, 2008 in Ireland after two singles (April and July). It was number 1 in Ireland and in the UK and was in top 10 in Australia as well (peaking at number 9). It’s a multi-platinum album in Ireland, Australia and the UK.
Based on sales figures The Script won World’s Best Selling Irish Artist at the World Music Awards in Monaco in 2008 for the album. It was the eighteenth bestselling album in the UK of 2008.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
- Bass [Additional], Guitar – Paul Inder
- Drums – Glen Power (tracks: 1 to 8,10)
- Mastered By – Ted Jensen
- Mixed By – Andrew Frampton (tracks: 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), Mark “Spike” Stent* (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 5)
- Mixed By [Additional Production] – Andrew Frampton (tracks: 1, 9), Steve Kipner (tracks: 1, 9)
- Photography – Max Dodson, Roxy Maronyan
- Producer – Andrew Frampton (tracks: 1,2,4,5), Daniel O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, Steve Kipner (tracks: 4, 5)
- Vocals, Instruments – Script, The
Danny emphasized the importance of what they wanted to say with the album:
“I think the most important thing for us as a band is our music, essentially the lyrics. Every band has their music, the things that they want you to hear but it’s the stories and the lyrics that make a band individual, it’s their point of view. So definitely for us, it’s the songs. Because without the songs I don’t think this band would work to be honest.”
Mark confirmed that for them, the stories are what made them as a band and as musicians:
“As far as songs go, we’re quite a visual band. We’re kinda paint our videos in our heads as we’re writing the lyrics. I think it’s self-explanatory when you read the lyrics and see a video like The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – it’s gotta be quite literal, it’s a story, so you gotta tell that story visually also.”
Glen summarised their approach for the first album:
“I would say you can expect music for the head, heart, hands and feet. And you can expect three guys bearing their souls with honesty. It will be a rollercoaster ride of the emotions of the soul!”
- 1712 words in the lyrics (based on azlyrics.com)
- 553 different words (50 per song)
- 1.35 syllabus per word
- top words: you, before, time, cause, don’t, heart, gotta, where, coming, gonna
There are 11 tracks on the album which totals to 41 mins – in other words, average length is the radio friendly 3 minutes 43 seconds with the shortest song, Anybody There being exactly 3 minutes long, the longest, Fall for Anything is 4:33.
It had three singles: “We Cry”, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and “Breakeven”. They added “Talk You Down” and “Before the Worst” to the list of singles later.
List of songs:
- We Cry (read more here)
- Before The Worst
- Talk You Down (video mentioned here)
- The Man Who Can’t Be Moved (read more here)
- Rusty Halo
- The End Where I Begin (what Mark said about the song)
- Fall For Anything
- If You See Kay
- I’m Yours
- Anybody There
Written for The Guardian:
Sold to Kris Allen:
- Live Like We’re Dying
- That’s My Home
- Hit The Wall
(More info on the songs on the links above – continuously expanding.)
Listen to the album on Spotify: