The Script (album)

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The Script
Studio album by The Script
Released 8 August 2008
(see release history)
Genre Pop rock,[1] indie rock[1]
The Script chronology
The Script
(2008)
"Science & Faith"
(2010)
Singles from The Script
  1. "We Cry"
    Released: 28 April 2008
  2. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
    Released: 28 July 2008
  3. "Breakeven"
    Released: 24 November 2008
  4. "Talk You Down"
    Released: 16 March 2009
  5. "Before the Worst"
    Released: 15 June 2009

The Script is the Choice Music Prize-nominated[2][3][4] self-titled debut album from Irish band the Script, which was released in the Republic of Ireland on 8 August 2008 and was released in the UK on 11 August 2008 by Phonogenic Records.[5] Following success in the Republic of Ireland, the album was released elsewhere in Europe in September 2008. The album topped the UK charts and peaked at #64 on the US Billboard 200 on 4 March 2010.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
BBC (Positive)[8]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[9]
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars[10]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[11]
MTV Asia (7/10)[12]
NME (2/10)[citation needed]
The Independent 2/5 stars[13]
The Times 2/5 stars[14]

The album was met with mixed reviews by music critics. Timothy Powell of the BBC stated that the album "reveals a band that is fresh, vital and ferociously good." He went on to say that the Script are now positioned as "next big thing" and that the album entails "hip-hop, pop melodiousness, state-of-the-art production and anthemic rock." His overall summary was that the album is "Intelligent, beautifully crafted and compelling."[15] Nick Levine of Digital Spy gave the album 3/5 stars while saying it was often "devastatingly effective" and that "A lot of people are going to hate the Script, a lot of people are going to love the Script."[9] The German WOM magazin monthly went as far as writing: "Eigenständing und originell ist anders. The Script bringen die Misere der Musikindustrie auf den Punkt. (Independent and original [music] is different. The Script points out the music industry's demise.)"[16] The album has mixed reviews in MTV Asia, which has praised "O'Donoghue's vocals are a pleasurably unique aural experience" though it also comments that, as a whole, "the album plays across a flat plane, with no big leaps, but no huge letdowns either."[17]

Chart performance[edit]

Following the success of "The Man Who Can't Be Moved", The Script entered the UK Albums Charts at number one with sales of 54,520 copies where it stayed for two weeks. The album spent eight weeks in the top ten and was the twelfth best selling album in the UK of 2008. The album also entered the Irish Album Chart at number one, holding the top spot for five weeks.[18] It had, of January 2009, spent twenty two weeks in the top ten. The Irish office of Sony BMG music presented the group with their first multi platinum award disc for over 600,000 sales of The Script. On Sunday, 18 January 2009, the album went back up to #1 in the UK Album Charts, a whole 5 months since it was first released, mainly because of the £3.95 deal on iTunes. Though released in 2008, the album was the 198th best-selling album in 2010 in the USA.[19] It has so far spent over 174 weeks in the UK albums chart.

Singles[edit]

Five singles were released from The Script. The first single that released from the album was "We Cry". The song peaked at #13 on the UK Singles Chart. It was followed by the second single, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved", which peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the Script's highest charting single. In December 2008, the Script released "Breakeven" as their third single from the album. It peaked at #21 on the UK chart. The Script then released "Talk You Down" in 2009, as the fourth single from the album. However, the single failed to reach the success of the album's first three singles, missing the UK Top 40 and only peaking at #47. "Breakeven" was released in fall 2009 in the United States and the Script performed it live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 14 October 2009.[20] "Breakeven" then went on to peak at 12 in the US where it was also certified platinum for shipment of 1,000,000 copies. "Breakeven" was also released in Australia where it peaked at number 3 and was certified platinum. In May 2009, The Script confirmed that a fifth single would be released from the album. "Before the Worst" was released on 15 June 2009 in the UK. It peaked at #96 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the lowest charting single from The Script in the UK. "Before the Worst" was also released in Australia where it peaked at number 10 and has been certified Gold.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "We Cry"   Andrew Frampton, Danny O'Donoghue, Glen Power, Mark Sheehan, Steve Kipner Frampton, Kipner 3:45
2. "Before the Worst"   O'Donoghue, Power, Sheehan Frampton, Kipner 3:23
3. "Talk You Down"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Power and Brilliancy Sheehan 3:51
4. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"   Frampton, O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Kipner, Frampton, Kipner 4:02
5. "Breakeven"   Frampton, O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Kipner Frampton, Kipner 4:21
6. "Rusty Halo"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan Sheehan 3:35
7. "The End Where I Begin"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan Sheehan 3:34
8. "Fall for Anything"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan Sheehan 4:33
9. "If You See Kay"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan, Tony McGuinness Sheehan 3:14
10. "I'm Yours"   O'Donoghue, Sheehan Sheehan 4:15

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Europe (IFPI)[41] Platinum
Ireland (IRMA)[42] 5x Platinum
United Kingdom (BPI) 4x Platinum
Australia (ARIA) Platinum

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Ireland 8 August 2008
United Kingdom 11 August 2008
Europe 19 September 2008
Japan 22 October 2008
United States 8 November 2008
Brazil 24 August 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-script-mw0000811253.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Choice Music Prize Shortlist". Hot Press. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Choice Music Prize - Shortlist Announced". IMRO. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Choice Music nominees announced". RTÉ. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Release date
  6. ^ "Billboard.com - Discography - The Script". Billboard. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ The Script (album) at AllMusic
  8. ^ BBC review
  9. ^ a b Digital Spy review
  10. ^ Entertainment.ie review
  11. ^ The Guardian review
  12. ^ MTV Asia review
  13. ^ The Independent review
  14. ^ The Times review
  15. ^ Rock & Indie review - The Script, The Script
  16. ^ "musik angehört". WOM magazin (World of Music) (8 September): 23.  (German)
  17. ^ MTVAsia Reviews - The Script
  18. ^ "The Script - The Script - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  19. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2010/the-billboard-200?begin=181&order=position
  20. ^ [1][dead link]
  21. ^ "Cd: Script, The - The Script - R&B & Soul". Livrariacultura.com.br. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
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  23. ^ "The Script | Music". Thescriptmusic.com. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
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  26. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  27. ^ "FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Classifiche". Fimi.it. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  28. ^ "ザ・スクリプトのCDアルバムランキング、ザ・スクリプトのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  29. ^ US Billboard 200 Albums Chart : Archive: The Script
  30. ^ "The Official UK Year-End Top 200 Charts for 2008". The Official UK Charts Company. UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  31. ^ "Best of 2008 Top 20 Albums". IRMA. IRMA. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  32. ^ "European Top 100 Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "The Official UK Year-End Top 200 Charts for 2009". The Official UK Charts Company. UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "Best of 2009 Top 20 Albums". IRMA. IRMA. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  35. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2009". ARIA. ARIA. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  36. ^ "European Top 100 Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  37. ^ "The Official UK Year-End Top 200 Charts for 2010". The Official UK Charts Company. UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  38. ^ "Best of 2010 - Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  39. ^ "The Official UK Year-End Top 200 Charts for 2011". The Official UK Charts Company. UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  40. ^ "The Official UK Year-End Top 200 Charts for 2012". The Official UK Charts Company. UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  41. ^ IFPI Platinum Europe Awards - 2009 IFPI. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  42. ^ Multi Platinum certifications Ireland IRMA. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
Order of precedence
Preceded by
ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits by ABBA
UK Albums Chart number-one album (first run)
17 August 2008 – 31 August 2008
Succeeded by
Forth by The Verve
Irish Album Chart number-one album
14 August 2008 – 18 September 2008
Succeeded by
Death Magnetic by Metallica
Preceded by
Only By The Night by Kings of Leon
UK Albums Chart number-one album (second run)
18 January 2009 – 25 January 2009
Succeeded by
To Lose My Life... by White Lies
Preceded by
The Essential Michael Jackson by Michael Jackson
Irish Album Chart number-one album (second run)
13 August 2009 – 27 August 2009
Succeeded by
Humbug by Arctic Monkeys
Preceded by
Humbug by Arctic Monkeys
Irish Album Chart number-one album

(third run)
7 September 2009 – 17 September 2009

Succeeded by
The Resistance by Muse