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The Script - Leeds O2 Academy - 12th Sept 2010 (Live Review)

Monday, 13 September 2010 Written by Adam Simpson
The Script - Leeds O2, 12th Sep.  (Live Review)

With their new album, Science & Faith out today and a huge tour in progress, The Script are busy guys right now, but the pressures of a busy schedule certainly did not affect last night’s performance at the Leeds O2 Academy.

The second leg of the tour saw the Irish boys perform at the Leeds O2 Academy on Sunday the 12th September, playing an impeccable set of “rom-com rock” which enthralled the sell out crowd.

The Script played songs from their new album, which reached Number 1 on iTunes today, mixed in with some of the songs from their first album, which ultimately propelled them into overnight stars. Without hearing the new album yet, I cannot comment comprehensively on its content, however if the live tracks played last night are anything to go by, the album is destined for good things and the reaction from the crowd certainly backs up such a statement, as they lapped up the new tracks with nearly as much enthusiasm as they did for well known hits such as, The Man Who Can’t Be Moved and We Cry.

ImageGlen Power’s huge drum kit was on fire as he blazed across skin and symbols and ensured that the tempo and rhythm of the music was spot on, allowing Mark Sheehan to play his huge guitar licks and riffs with awesome enthusiasm and skill. The keyboards from Danny O’Donoghue were faultless as the combination of alternative rock and pop sounds pounded from the stage and confirmed the ability of The Script to not only play large venues, but play them very well indeed.

Lyrically The Script are very gifted, with beautifully written ballads and the wonderful Irish croon from Danny doing the tracks the justice they deserve. Not only is Danny a fantastic vocal talent and pretty good with the electronic ivories, he is also a great frontman and his showmanship demonstrated that, working the already enthusiastic crowd into a frenzy.

There is a very distinctive sound to The Script’s music, standing out as something different to the norm, but this has not removed them from commercial success. If anything it has helped them achieve the dizzy heights that their first album propelled them to. The live set showed that and also confirmed their uniqueness and ability to play something for everyone, from sensitive pop ballads, to catchy rock songs. They are impressive enough live to be stadium rockers if they really wanted to crank up the volume and rock. As much as I loved their heavier tracks though, I also enjoyed their softer side, which unlike many groups of their kind, pulled a very mixed crowd and not just an audience of love sick female fans, although their Irish charm and good looks did pull many of the latter through the door.

An excellent set from a group at the top of their game, the hour or so gig was flawless from start to finish and we were even treated to an encore.

The Script’s UK tour continues at the following venues:

September 15th. Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Edinburgh.
September 16th. Leicester De Montfort Hall. Leicester.
September 17th. Portsmouth Guildhall. Portsmouth.
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