The Problem With... "Breakeven" by The Script
Ah, summer. The time of year where all the teens get out of school and go to the mall (and iTunes) to spend their allowances on music released during the school year. And some other stuff the kids do these days.
Apparently, the founding members of The Script were part of an Irish boy-band that got lost in the shuffle of notable, late-'90s boy bands. Instead of distinguishing themselves as former boy band star Justin Timberlake did after that stuff died off, these guys decided to have another go with another script, so to speak.
The Script decide to play a sort of pop-rock filled with soul elements--not dissimilar to OneRepublic and Maroon 5.
Just as they did during the boy-band craze, the guys behind The Script will likely fall by the wayside again. Because, let's face it, we've all heard this song before, essentially. When I first heard the song "Breakeven", it sounded as bland as radio hiss with lyrics. Hearing it countless other times on the radio had the same effect.
"What about the writing?" you ask.
Let's see where these guys from Dublin--the place that brought us Wilde, Joyce and Yeats--have to offer in the writing department. Guess what? It's yet another take on the old recovering-from-a-breakup theme. Only this time, the lyrics gives a clue ("she finally met a man that's gonna put her first"). Uh, pretty sure that's where you went wrong then, dude. You didn't give this woman enough attention.
All in all, the Script doesn't really distinguish themselves from the other similar artists I mentioned before. I wouldn't call The Script bad, just boring and mediocre.
Which might be worse. I'll at least remember all the bad tracks I review. I can't say the same for The Script.