Friday, January 02, 2009

#94 The Script, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"

I know it makes no sense, but what else can I do,
How can I move on when I'm still in love with you?

Kind of like a modern day "Every Breath You Take" (though doesn't it seem like it gets claimed that there's a new one every year?), "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" is radio-ready pop with guitars approaching its ballad best, the sort of song that feels like it's meant to be hugely popular. With a percussion part that refuses to give the song a moment to rest its weary feet, the song's key is nothing other than a strong melody. The lyrics probably helped the song in its quest for popularity in Ireland and the UK--they feel designed to make you take the song to your chest and treasure it, make it the sort of song that means something to you--but the best lines of all are some of the simplest, the ones that feel the most natural. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" isn't quite as deserving of universal appeal and ubiquity as it wants to be, but it's darn close.

Find it on: The Script


EuropeCrazy said...

Totally agree with your analysis. What made this so special was its simplicity - sometimes the simplest things work best. Sometimes I feel The Script are a little too contrived, but nevertheless they have won me (and millions more) over in spite of all that.

Aaron said...

This is just so lovely! I really do want to hear the album!

Poster Girl said...

You're spot-on about simplicity. Once again, you summed up the great thing about the song and the artist so concisely but perfect!

Aaron, there are some fantastic songs on it--of the non-singles, "Before The Worst" is my favorite.