REVIEW: THE SCRIPT – SUNSETS & FULL MOONS 0 138

It’s been a decidedly difficult year for Irish band The Script with both front-man Danny O’Donoghue and drummer Glen Power losing their mum and dad respectively. However, despite the hardship and the heartbreak, the trio, completed by guitarist Mark Sheehan, have long since proven themselves to be the masters of chanelling their emotions into their music – and they do so again on their sixth studio album Sunsets & Full Moons.

“Something Unreal”, which the band previewed a few days before the album was officially released yesterday, starts things off, and is followed by the collections’ lead single “The Last Time” which is sure to go down a storm at the trio’s live shows next year.

The most honest and emotive track on the album comes in the form of “Run Through Walls”, which Danny has said he wrote just a week after the death of his mum. The lyrics read almost like a diary; a whirlpool of thoughts and feelings and of deep and heartfelt appreciation for those who were there for him at such a difficult time. As someone who still struggles with the loss of their dad two years ago, I’m not afraid to admit this song made me cry and has encouraged me to express my gratitude towards my friends more often.

“If You Don’t Love Yourself” is very much a self-love music mantra – both an admittance that people can and do treat themselves badly and judge themselves harshly and perhaps also a call for those who listen to the track – and everyone in general – to be kinder to themselves with the lyric: “you don’t lose if you learn from ye mistakes” being one sure to resonate with a lot of people. “Hurt People Hurt People” meanwhile has a VERY honest title – anyone who’s ever had a bad word said about them by anyone else will agree – and the power with which Danny sings: “Don’t worry I know just how you feel, I’ve been hurt before” is testament to how true such a statement and experience is and has been for him.

The tempo of the album slows somewhat with the arrival of “Same Time”, but with the instrumentation stripped back, the thought-provoking lyrics and Danny’s delivery of them take centre stage and present the listener with a song they can sit back and reflect on. “Underdog” will strike a chord with anyone who has ever been bullied or belittled; told they can’t do something or that they won’t or wouldn’t amount to anything. It’s a rousing reminder – and one I personally appreciate – that more often than not, the underdogs come out on top and they’ll always be better than the bullies or those that mistreat others around them.

Anyone who’s been in a powerful, meaningful relationship with someone that’s ended, need it be years ago or fairly recently, will identify with the lyrics of “The Hurt Game” and for this reason alone the track is easily a highlight of the album; no band can write and sing about love and heartbreak quite like The Script can.

Summer might be over but there’s a distinctly ‘laid back’ feel to closing number “Summer Nights” and as a result of the simplistic instrumentation, it’s not hard to imagine thousands upon thousands of people providing a track long hand-clap backdrop to the song as they sing along when it’s performed on the bands’ tour next year.

While many artists might find themselves struggling to maintain both their fan-base and artistic standards after more than a decade in the industry, Sunsets and Full Moons is proof that The Script are still as strong, as relevant and as honest as ever – something which in this day and age is very rare and special indeed.

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VENTRESCA UNVEILS THE VIDEO FOR HER NEW SINGLE “CRAVING” 0 70

Now aged seventeen, Ventresca has long since known that music would be a key part of her life. Having started out as a member of the Canadian Dance Unit, who together won multiple awards, she then decided to stretch her wings and began to experiment with song-writing and exploring her vocal abilities.

With a mini tour of Germany and with a steadily growing fan-base to her name, Ventresca is proving herself to be a real talent with a bright future, and her latest single “Craving,” the video which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere, offers fans a brilliant pop track that blends both funk and disco with powerful lyrics.  

Asked about the video for the single, Ventresca says:

“You’re really gonna get 2 videos in one, and your gonna get to decide what video you want to see. In our video, you’re literally going to enter a dream world. Lets’ put it this way, people are going to be having a lot of cravings for my music.”

Check out “Craving” below and for more information on Ventresca, visit her website.

EILEEN CAREY PRESENTS THE VIDEO FOR HER BRAND NEW SINGLE “FINALLY” 0 78

There are perhaps few artists around who have become a staple across several genres of music quite like Eileen Carey. The singer-songwriter from Ohio has shared the stage with acts including The Motels, Jefferson Starship and Don Mclean and has been a near permanent feature on the New Music Weekly charts over the past three years.

Carey saw out 2019 by being named the Hot AC/AC Breakthrough artist of the year and now, at the start of this new decade, as someone who is already well established for writing songs so many can relate to, Carey is kicking off 2020 with the release of her single “Finally”, the video for which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

Asked about the meaning/story to the song and the creative process to the video, Carey says:

“Strong emotions sometimes cry out for strong language. These lyrics state in the plainest possible way what we feel but may be hesitant to say.

“Finally” is the most unusual music video I have ever released. It came out of my long relationship with producer-director Taner Tumkaya who collaborated with me on most of my recent music videos. Our last music video of “Meet Me Halfway” has had 70,000+ Youtube views. After 8 years in the U.S., he returned to Germany earlier this year, so we had to figure out a way to work. It was meant to be a lyric video initially, but in attempting to make the lyric video more interesting we happened on this stop-action animation. It turned out to be a great experience. It was a case of necessity being the mother of invention,” so to speak.

Check out “Finally” below and for more information on Eileen Carey, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.