It’s been almost three years since Irish trio The Script released their last album, the chart-topping No Sound Without Silence. A lot has happened since then – the UK is preparing to leave the EU and America has a President who has divided the world unlike any other in history – but one thing has remained completely unchanged; the bands’ ability to create some phenomenal songs.
Freedom Child, written as a testament to the importance and power of freedom of expression, opens with the rather reggae-sounding “No Man Is An Island” and latest single “Rain” – which has already been streamed more than 10 million times on Spotify – follows minutes later.
“Arms Open”, the only true ballad on the album, is largely acoustic sounding, until about half way through, and allows front-man Danny O’Donoghue’s stunning and emotive vocal to shine while the song itself has quickly become a fan-favourite on the recent tour. “Rock The World” is a banger and sees guitarist Mark share in the songs’ spotlight thanks to a lengthy but lyrically inspiring rap in the middle, while “Mad Love” spreads the word about the strength of – as its title suggests – love, albeit through slightly odd references to great whites and piranhas.
Adding a rockier twist to proceedings, “Deliverance” is assisted by a simple chorus that just begs to be sung en masse. Despite having never been much of a politically-based band, the trio’s track “Divided States Of America” makes quite a statement and is the first stand-out number on the album, calling for people all over the world to put aside their differences and unite to make the world a better place for themselves and for future generations: “If we don’t all stand together, we will fall….they built these walls so high, let’s reach across that great divide.”
“Love Not Lovers” pays close attention to the failed ‘relationships’ so many people have found themselves in, and how we all need to take the time to focus on ourselves and all the good that we deserve if we wish to find true love in our lives. “Wonders” is another stand-out track, notably because of how it refers to living in the here and now, and doing all that you’ve ever dreamed of before it’s too late. If anyone needs or needed a reminder that life is short and precious and that each and every one of us should seize the day, this is it.
The toe-tapping rhythm of “Eden” is sure to make the track a smash at live shows while, focused on the reality that a large portion of society often judges people for the way they look, “Makeup” is a song which addresses how everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin, no matter what others might think. In a world where so many people are trying to fit in; being yourself, being a true individual -scars and all – is and can be a revelation – and all of this is explained through the lyrics of a track which, judging by the reaction has Twitter, has brought scores of fans to tears.
Having been released to all those who pre-ordered the album on iTunes a few days before the official release, “Written In The Stars” tells of the strength in taking all you experience, both the good and bad – of never shying away from those moments – and using them to tell your own unique story. It’s an anthem of epic proportions, sure to inspire and motivate millions around the world.
An instrumental titled “Awakening” leads straight into closing number and title track “Freedom Child”. It’s one of the more lyrically simplistic songs on the album, but its impact hits the hardest; simply put it’s a global message to all those who hear it to stand up for what they do, what they believe in and who they love. In the words of the band themselves: “Don’t let them take your freedom child.”
At a time of such global uncertainty and conflict, it’s a message, shared via this track and the album as a whole, that should be seen and heard by as many people as possible, and represents the journey the band have been on during their time together, their determination to evolve and speak out about things that matter to them, and perhaps most importantly, to give a voice to those who feel like they don’t have one while reminding each and every one of those people that they do, and that their voice, and who they are, matters.