Never Shout Never – The Summer EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: June 23, 2009
I tried writing about Cristofer Drew’s hometown of Joplin, Missouri, but all I had was one sentence. And while that might make some of you happy, I’ll refrain and discuss something else like, umm, music. Or maybe I won’t, because anything I say about Never Shout Never'sThe Summer EP has been said before, and depending on by whom, it’s probably been said better.
Drew’s fine-tuned tenor is so smooth that it might breeze right by. You see, each song on this EP is just as innocuous as the next; “On The Bright Side” never erupts like we hope it will and “I Just Laugh”, the EP’s only “rock” song, walks a foreseeable path from beginning to end. My apparent disgust is perhaps a smidge heavy-handed, however. I knew what I was in for with Never Shout Never, and Drew delivers on his simple, constant promise of cutesy pop music. Those sticking around for his transformation into the darker sounds of a band like Mansions will be waiting indefinitely.
Nonetheless, The Summer EP is an effective mix between Drew’s debut Yippee EP and his slightly gimmicky Me & My Uke EP. The mood is light, but including trembling strings to finale “Losing It” adds a thoughtful dimension to the acoustic downer. The outcast-themed tale is nothing new, yet it’s still a departure from other songs on the EP. Starting with a song called “Happy” and the lyrics, “You make me happy / Whether you know it or not,” and ending with “Losing It” and it’s woe-is-me-isms of, “I knew I was only 16 / But I thought I loved her / And it’d last forever,” create a delicate balance between sincerity and diversity. Drew will make plenty of teenage girls happy once his Warner Bros. contract kicks in, but I’d be lying if I said The Summer EP didn’t brighten up my day.
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Good review....honestly I was just expecting you to tear the kid apart (..which is what I probably would've done) I can't really get through a single song of his, and you had to sit through multiple listens...no man should have to endure such torture.
I'm surprised by this review...it's a good one, haha (that's not the suprising part). Anyways, I don't care for this kid, his music is meh, his fans are annoying as hell. Hopefully this whole cutesy uke-pop thing won't become a trend like crunkcore.
This album is just one of many I will be making a point of NOT buying this year. I'll admit I bought into the NSN! fad when Yippee came out, but Happy has got to be one of the stupidest songs I've ever heard and the rest of the album is similarly disappointing.