The Script might be one of the best bands that people in the US haven’t heard of yet. Despite their history of strong record sales and sold-out tours, they have yet to achieve the same success in the States as in the UK and Ireland. The Irish band has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with their fans on special occasions, and they don’t mind playing smaller, more intimate gigs despite their success.
The band released their first album in 2008 only to watch it go to the number one spot on the charts in both the UK and Ireland as well as other territories around the world. The Script is known for their raw, emotional lyrics that stir something within listeners. Their single Hall of Fame is a song many find motivational, according to Gala Bingo, whilst other tracks bring out other emotions. Nothing and The Man Who Will Not Be Moved are classic breakup songs. It is this versatility which has seen them become one of the most beloved bands in the UK.
The Script’s latest album could be seen as a bit presumptuous for fans who haven’t heard of them before, seeing as it is, effectively, a greatest hits album. However, these aren’t just the singles that got the highest sales or the songs that have had the most play time. It is something of a sales pitch to the rest of the world, offering up the songs that best define the trio to the markets that haven’t yet caught on to them yet. With so many hits on one album, it is no surprise it has managed to reach the number one spot in the UK charts.
Tales from The Script: Greatest Hits begins with two of the band’s biggest hits and two that are perhaps the most emotional of their songs. Breakeven, which tells of the unfair and often one-sided nature of breakups, and The Man Who Will Not Be Moved. Both were hits from their first album and have been mainstays on the radio in the UK and Ireland for over ten years, so it is no surprise that the band would want to lead with their strongest songs. Other songs from their first album on this compilation include We Cry and Before the Worst. We Cry was actually The Script’s first single on their debut album, so it would be inappropriate not to include it here.
However, don’t let it seem that this is a rehash of their debut album, as there are plenty of tracks from the rest of their discography for fans to get their teeth into. For the First Time and Nothing are more upbeat, relatable songs that will get fans moving a bit more. And they of course had to include their hit Hall of Fame, which featured will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas fame. The American rapper was an original judge on the UK version of The Voice alongside The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue. Though Danny had to leave The Voice after a few seasons, this song came from their time working together and works well as a motivational track.
Tales from the Script is more than just a cash in, as is often the case with Greatest Hits albums. It is the easiest way to grab all the songs that have made this band one of the most successful UK bands for the past decade. If you have been sleeping on this band for the past ten years, this is a good opportunity to fix that.