AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Album Review
 
Never Shout Never - What Is Love? Album Cover

Never Shout Never - What Is Love?

Reviewed by
4.6
Never Shout Never - What Is Love?
Record Label: Loveway Records / Sire / Warner Bros.
Release Date: January 26, 2010
We are all guilty music pleasures. Some secretly memorize all of the Backstreet Boy's dance moves, and some enjoy themselves when they are dragged to see a Jonas Brothers or Justin Bieber concert. Never Shout Never is kind of like the guilty pleasure for fans of the catchy-pop-acoustic-hippie-folk subgenre. I admit I was a huge fan of him and his little ukulele back in the day. However, with his latest albums, his Beatles covers, and the doomed-from-the-start plan of covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" (I know, I can't believe it either), I feel like it's the perfect time to write an unbiased yet opinionated review of the parental-advisory-stickered What is Love.

"Love Is Our Weapon" (reminiscent of his chest tattoo), starts off reasonably well. Head-bobbingly catchy yet laughably cheesy, this is one of the stand-out tracks. I had high hopes for the album after hearing this song. "Jane Doe" is a short song about falling in love with a girl he doesn't even know the name of. At 1 minute 56 seconds, you can't help but feel a little ripped off, especially if you bought the songs track by track. "Can't Stand It" is great when you first hear it, but after several listens, it gets annoying. You can almost picture his fans screaming "superfucking cute" at his performances. This song is ridiculously cheesy and his voice is laughable. It's like an audio version of dripping maple syrup, sprinkled with sugar and frosting. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the sensitive "Sacrilegious". The message is great and the lyrics a slight improvement, but I just can't quite get past the "emotional" whine he turns his voice into.

"I Love You 5" is another stand-out track. It's a great choice for a single, and has many attributes of his past EPs. "California" starts off cheesy, but the chorus packs a punch. Undoubtedly his 'Californ-I-A's' make you like him a little bit more. Again, true to his style, Christofer belts out his catchy melodies. The 'Shout' (his backup band), had a bigger part in this song. The song "What Is Love" is has a solid set of lyrics, but the vocals are questionable. The way he strains his voice and the overly emotional way he sings stops me from enjoying this song. And by overly emotional, I mean it's like you can almost picture him crying/wailing. The final song "The Past" is the longest song on the album, at 4:07. Come to think of it, it's longer than "Sacrilegious" and "Jane Doe" put together. A partial reason why this song is so long is because it seems like he's just dragging it on and on. However, with lyrics like "I've been smoking the green since I was merely sixteen", you feel like it is the most emotional song on this album for him.

"What is Love" is a debatable record. Although he is starting to break away from the tweeny-pop style he had started to establish in "Demo-schmemo", it is a step in the right direction. True to his nature, his songs are short and overly sweet. With some paying just under a dollar for 2 minutes a song, it's almost as much of a rip-off as his $16 Never Shout Never t-shirts that just say his name on them. It's also worth noting that Butch Walker had a part in producing this. Nonetheless, unless he changes his vocal stylings, he will continue to hold back listeners. Most can't stand his high-pitched sugary-cutesy voice, but I suppose that's what gets the girls screaming hysterically. This album did not entirely change my views of him, nor does it make me take him seriously as a legitimate singer but like all of his albums, it has its ups and deep sugar-coated angsty downs.

Recommended Downloads"Love Is Our Weapon"; "I Love You 5"; "California"

Recommended If You LikeJason Mraz; The Scene Aesthetic; Stephan Jerzak; Secondhand Serenade

myspace.com/nevershoutnever
This review is a user submitted review from SingMeInsomnia. You can see all of SingMeInsomnia's submitted reviews here.
 
Displaying posts 1 - 15 of 33
12:34 PM on 04/16/10
#2
Yellowcard2006
I'll buy you a raincoat
Offline
User Info.
Yellowcard2006's Avatar
Baby don't hurt me
12:37 PM on 04/16/10
#3
HometownHero
Offline
User Info.
HometownHero's Avatar
I liked this album
12:59 PM on 04/16/10
#4
the seventeenth
level 71 community member
Offline
User Info.
the seventeenth's Avatar
No, no, this review tried way too hard to sound intellegent. Painful read. I like What Is Love and Sacreligious, though.
Next time, focus on the musical review instead of trying to see how many synonyms you can find for 'sugary' and 'sweet'
01:03 PM on 04/16/10
#5
superBMRuth
sheeeeeeeeeeeeeit
Offline
User Info.
superBMRuth's Avatar
I agree, this changed my opinion on him and it does show potential, but it's not necessarily good and you won't catch me at a NSN show anytime soon.
01:26 PM on 04/16/10
#6
brandon_260
.
Offline
User Info.
brandon_260's Avatar
Finally something I can agree on with you
01:58 PM on 04/16/10
#7
tyramail
wake up i'm calling you
Offline
User Info.
tyramail's Avatar
i liked this album. it wasn't great but i think he has potential.
02:30 PM on 04/16/10
#8
truth or dare
don't just stare at it, eat it
Offline
User Info.
truth or dare's Avatar
ratings are tooooooo high/generous
05:48 PM on 04/16/10
#9
thesollopsist
Up all night, and down all day
Offline
User Info.
thesollopsist's Avatar
haha the member ratings are so low.
05:57 PM on 04/16/10
Jordachejeans91
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
Jordachejeans91's Avatar
i cant stand to listen to him sing, but its even worse to hear him talk
06:43 PM on 04/16/10
SingMeInsomnia
Because I can.
Offline
User Info.
SingMeInsomnia's Avatar
No, no, this review tried way too hard to sound intellegent. Painful read. I like What Is Love and Sacreligious, though.
Next time, focus on the musical review instead of trying to see how many synonyms you can find for 'sugary' and 'sweet'
Duly noted.
06:59 PM on 04/16/10
introduction
You're not real musician!
Offline
User Info.
introduction's Avatar
what I came here to say.
09:03 PM on 04/16/10
InaGreendase
Registered Member
Offline
User Info.
InaGreendase's Avatar
No more.
09:34 PM on 04/16/10
HometownHero
Offline
User Info.
HometownHero's Avatar
Finally something I can agree on with you
Bffl
01:14 AM on 04/17/10
bobcatbob18
Hang your secrets
Offline
User Info.
bobcatbob18's Avatar
NSN is trash. Zero thought and nearly zero execution.

NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Articles
CONNECT
Submit News
Forums
Contests
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
HIDDEN TREASURES
AbsolutePunk Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Recommendations
INFORMATION
Advertising
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
AP.net Podcast on iTunes
UnderTheGun
Purevolume
Chorus.fm | @jason_tate