Monday, 2 December 2013

The Script 'The Man Who Can't be Moved'

Chart Peak: 2

Irish trio The Script followed up their debut single 'We Cry' with 'The Man Who Can't be Moved', which shot to No. 2 in the UK charts in August 2008 - their third single 'Breakeven' is due for release in November... Commenting on the group's ethos, guitarist Mark says "soul is not a black thing or a white thing, it's a human thing".
In a return to the thread of unlikely writing credits, the Wikipedia entry for this song lists Jay-Z among the writers of this song, although that's not backed up by the album's entry not by any other source I looked at. Possibly it's just a cut-and-paste error, or maybe somebody was just desperate to pretend this song was in some way interesting even if they had to make up facts.

'The Man Who Can't Be Moved' seems very like a song that wants to be 'You're Beautiful' - it has similar tempo and production, the same sort of showy use of falsetto and a similar storyline. In both songs, a man conceives a grand gesture to win back an ex, although this song is more explicit about the plan. Apparently he's going to hang around on a street corner in a sleeping bag, which I suppose is meant to sound romantic but actually just sounds a bit seedy. It's set to music that sounds like it was written and recorded entirely by the marketing department after months of focus group tests to make something that fits the most possible radio formats in key territories. It worked, of course, but I'm the man who can't be moved by this.

Also appearing on: Now 70, 72, 77, 83
Available on: The Man Who Can't Be Moved

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