Review: “Sunsets & Full Moons” by The Script

By Ashley Wright

Maybe it’s because I’m Irish myself or maybe I just like listening to depressing lyrics combined with upbeat melodies, but lately I’ve grown in appreciation for Irish pop musicians. From Hozier and now to The Script, I just can’t help myself. And yes, I did just admit to unironically liking The Script. Shocking to some and unthinkable to others, but I have it on good authority that I’m not the only Script fan out there. In fact, the band has released three complete albums in the last five years—the latest of which is titled Sunsets & Full Moons.

Over the last decade or so, The Script’s music has all had a very similar sound. Like Coldplay, you know a Script song when you hear it. This album, however, seemed to take The Script’s signature sound and strip it of any originality or creativity that makes the albums stand out from each other. Sunsets & Full Moons is visually striking, going by cover art alone. Unfortunately, the actual content of the albumwas unable to deliver a similarly positive first reaction.

Of the nine songs on the album, at least 3 feel repetitive, cheesy, and frankly just boring. I, for one, don’t need another song about the girl who broke your heart because she didn’t even understand how to love herself. The Script’s turn from pop-rock to more mainstream pop was one that worked for the most part, but it’s beginning to seem like their music is no longer a creative process and is a formulaic one instead. However, the album did have some good songs as well. I personally really like “Run Through Walls” and “Underdog.“ But on an album this short, there should really be more standouts and less filler songs.

Rating: 2.5/5 Q-Tips

Favorite Track: “Underdog”


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