3 (The Script album)

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#3
Studio album by The Script
Released 7 September 2012
Recorded 2011–12
Genre Pop[1]
Length 44:41 (Standard)
62:59 (Deluxe)
Label Phonogenic
Producer Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan
The Script chronology
Science & Faith
(2010)
#3
(2012)
No Sound Without Silence
(2014)
Singles from #3
  1. "Hall of Fame"
    Released: 19 August 2012
  2. "Six Degrees of Separation"
    Released: 25 November 2012
  3. "If You Could See Me Now"
    Released: 4 March 2013
  4. "Millionaires"
    Released: 13 June 2013

#3 is the third studio album released by Irish pop rock trio, The Script. The album was released in Ireland on 7 September 2012,[2] in the United Kingdom on 10 September and in the United States on 9 October.[3] The album was preceded by the release of the single "Hall of Fame", a duet with Danny O'Donoghue's co-judge on The Voice UK, will.i.am. The album opened at #2 in the United Kingdom, and #13 in the United States, selling 24,002 copies.

Background[edit]

The band announced via their official Twitter account on 2 June 2012, that recording on their third studio album was complete, and that the title of the album would be #3. They also stated that the album was due for release on 17 September 2012, however, it was later revealed that the release date would be pushed forward by a week to 10 September. O'Donoghue later revealed on 8 July that the title of the lead single would be "Hall of Fame", and that the track would debut on radio on 23 July. He also revealed that the track was recorded in Los Angeles, and will be available for digital download on 19 August. The single also features vocals from O'Donoughue close friend and fellow The Voice UK coach will.i.am. The majority of the album was recorded in London's Sphere Studios, once again working with long time collaborators Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner. The album's track listing was confirmed by Digital Spy on 8 August 2012. The deluxe edition of the album contains a bonus disc, containing two previously unreleased tracks, four live tracks and two alternative versions of "Hall of Fame", the second of which is a hidden track. Digital Spy also revealed the album's artwork on the same date.[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 stars[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The album has received generally negative reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 38, based on six reviews, which indicates "generally unfavorable reviews".[7] Allmusic was slightly more generous (giving the album three stars out of five, and highlighting "Hall of Fame", "Good 'Ol Days" and "Glowing" as the stand-out tracks on the album).[8]

Singles[edit]

  • "Hall of Fame" was released as the album's lead single on 17 August 2012, in Ireland. The track features vocals from American rapper, singer and songwriter will.i.am. The track received its first radio play on 23 July 2012, and a lyric video for the track was released the same day.[9] The song also became the band's first UK Singles Chart number-one single on 16 September 2012. The single was backed with a remix created by song co-writer Jimbo Barry. The single was physically released in Germany on 11 January 2013.
  • "Six Degrees of Separation" was released as the album's second single released on 26 November 2012. The music video for the track premiered on 10 November and the band promoted the single through a performance on BBC's Children in Need. However, the single was not released as a stand-alone release on the iTunes Store, wasn't backed with any B-sides or remixes, and thus, only peaked at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of the band's lowest performing singles to date.
  • "If You Could See Me Now" was released as the album's third single and has so far peaked at number #13 on the UK Singles Chart; it is about Danny and Mark's experiences losing their parents and questioning whether they would be proud of what they've achieved.
  • "Millionaires" was the fourth single from the album. It had already received decent airplay before it was released, joining BBC Radio 2's playlist and the band performed it live BBC Radio 1's The Big Weekend in Londonderry on 26 May 2013. It was shown in the highlights of the concert on BBC Three later in the day. The music video for the single was released on 12 June 2013.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Good Ol' Days"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Ben Sargeant Sheehan 4:23
2. "Six Degrees of Separation"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Kipner, Frampton Kipner, Frampton 3:52
3. "Hall of Fame" (with will.i.am) O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Jimbo Barry O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Jimbo Barry 3:22
4. "If You Could See Me Now"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Kipner, Frampton Kipner, Frampton 3:39
5. "Glowing"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Barry Sheehan 4:46
6. "Give the Love Around"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan Sheehan 4:24
7. "Broken Arrow"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan Sheehan 4:34
8. "Kaleidoscope"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan Sheehan 3:41
9. "No Words"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Barry Sheehan 4:05
10. "Millionaires"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Kipner, Frampton Kipner, Frampton 3:11