The Script used to specialise, at least for their first couple of albums, in heartfelt pop-rock balladry: the likes of Breakeven, If You Ever Come Back, Nothing, For The First Time and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved all still hold up today.
Over time, however, they’ve embraced a slightly edgier sound. But ironically in so doing, they’ve almost completely lost their edge.
Freedom Child, their fifth opus, isn’t without merit (and its early sales figures suggest they still have a big audience). But the good intentions of the likes of Divided States of America fail to stop it being a complete misfire, and there’s disappointingly little to love elsewhere.