Release Date: Jan 18, 2011
Record label: Epic
Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
"I'm standing under a white flag," sings Danny O'Donoghue, positing his Dublin trio as inheritors to the Emerald Isle's greatest band. The Script have enjoyed Euro-chart success with a mix of lite rock, rap rock and Guinness-informed crooning they call "Celtic soul" — at once soaring, melancholic and treacly. Their second disc's big ballad is "For the First Time," about boozing your way through Ireland's recession.
This Dublin trio's Sting-soundalike leader, Danny O'Donoghue, says the follow-up to their 2m-selling debut was inspired by "the journey from a feeling of devastation in the pit of my stomach", which might prime you for Leonard Cohen-ish weltschmerz, rather than manicured Celt-rock. O'Donoghue's sincerity as a writer is plain – the single For the First Time reveals his guilt at being successful while friends are suffering from the collapse of the Celtic Tiger – but the production is such a high-shine, epic affair that it all sounds incredibly pedestrian. Mid-tempo guitar rock prevails; so does O'Donoghue's way of raspily soaring through choruses as if his voice has broken free from its moorings.
The world of adult contemporary rock can often feel like the aural equivalent of nondairy creamer — presweetened and emulsified for easy digestion, if not good taste. Still, a taste it is, and even as James Blunt and the Script induce cornea-straining eye rolls in some, they also bring lite-FM pleasure to millions. Those millions may be hard sold, though, on Blunt’s third and latest album.
BRAIDS “Native Speaker” (Kanine). In one of art-rock’s unwritten rules, the patterns of Minimalism are usually paired with cosmic or cerebral musings. But it doesn’t apply to Braids, a four-member band formed in Calgary and now based in Montreal that has just released its debut album, .