The Script have really done themselves proud with this album and it's the closest they've come to their epic 'Science and Faith'. What is special about this one is that it's obvious how much thought has gone into each song - every lyric, every melody, every part of the musical structure has been carefully crafted into a work of art. Many of the songs deal with quite powerful themes - 'The Energy Never Dies' deals with the death of a loved one and the hope that we'll go on and meet again; 'Man on a wire' carries a clever analogy about vulnerability and the fear of someone seeing you fall; 'Flares' - inspired by someone pulling through a serious illness - is about finding hope in the most desperate of times. The more lighthearted songs on the album (e.g. 'Superheroes', 'Paint the Town Green' and 'Hail Rain or Sunshine') are ridiculously uplifting, feel-good songs, and even they have a deeper underlying meaning, paying homage the band's Irish roots and to the idea of overcoming adversity and being true to yourself. I was lucky enough to see The Script performing at three of their album launch gigs this past fortnight, and not only do these new songs stand out when played live, they also fit in perfectly with the band's earlier music. Ignore what the critics have said about this album, as it's a work of genius and the music journalists have totally missed the point.