Never Shout Never
What Is Love?


1.5
very poor

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (108 Reviews)
January 26th, 2010 | 216 replies | 22,423 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Never again.

13 of 13 thought this review was well written

Christofer Drew has a few things going for him, to be fair. He plays advocate to teenaged girls continent-wide; strumming his flimsy little ukulele and yodeling on and on about good morals and changing the world with love. Yes, under that uninviting mop of teased hair lies a voice for a prepubescent generation - honest, sincere and incredibly annoying. Simply, he’s an aural irritant - a virus with a falsetto that not even the best pesticides can eradicate. Consider this: Drew’s alias changes between ‘NeverShoutNever!’ and 'Never Shout Never’ depending on his mood. Legitimately. That alone should tell you more than enough about the man’s (yes, he’s 18 years old now!) first full length debut What Is Love?. Yet the masochist in us all is inquisitive; our curiosity has been piqued. A few things about What Is Love? hint at Drew finally reaching puberty - the album’s artwork is ambiguously artistic, he’s finally settled on ‘Never Shout Never’ as his ‘grown-up’ pseudonym and perhaps most convincingly, Butch Walker rides the helms of production on the whole shebang. Isn’t it possible that little Christofer has redeemed his mountain of teenaged EPs with a semi-tolerable debut album?

Hell, no. I appreciate your efforts, Mr. Drew, but I’d rather be pulled over carpet tacks and dipped in rubbing alcohol than ever listen to this again.

That’s not to say that Drew didn’t make any attempts to progress, no, he certainly tried. Opener, ‘Love Is Our Weapon’ immediately introduces the listener to a Never Shout Never with a budget for flashy production - drums, shakers, pianos, backing harmonies and much whinier vocals are all part of Drew’s crisper, more developed sound. Of course, this new sound of his is measurably worse than his old one. See, nearly every moment you’ll hear on What Is Love? you will have already heard on fun.’s Aim and Ignite last year (sans the gratuitous sucking involved with Drew) - the horns, the strings, the production, and even to a certain extent, Drew’s vocals (see ‘I Love You 5’) reek of Nate Reuss’ latest works. Hell, ‘Love Is Our Weapon’ even steals a few major vocal melodies from ‘All the Pretty Girls’. Nonetheless, a few cuts on What Is Love? are distinctly Never Shout Never. ‘Jane Doe’ trods along merrily and relaxedly for less than two minutes, but despite its running time, it manages to be the best track on the album (even if it isn’t a Converge cover). ‘Sacrilegious’ and ‘Can’t Stand It’ both tread familiar territory for Drew as well, with the former being a whiny “I-love-Jesus-but-not-the-Church!”-browbeating cut and the latter being a typically pestilential cheese-fest: “Let’s sell all our *** and run away to sail the ocean blue/Then you’ll know my heart is true!” The man can rhyme, I’ll give him that.

Perhaps the most glaring issue with What Is Love? is that it shows how Drew has actually gotten worse with his major label debut. His voice is whinier, his lyrics (somehow) are even more toddleresque and his sorry attempts at theatricality are blatant rip offs of a band that was a rip off of everybody else in the first place. Suffice to say, when your album’s #1 redeeming factor is the fact that it’s barely over 20 minutes long, you’ve probably got a bad schtick - and that you do, Never Shout Never, that you do. I think Drew himself sums up his album most effectively on ‘I Can’t Stand It’ - “everything you do is super duper cute, and I can’t stand it!



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Waior
January 26th 2010



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

been a while, album is painful

eh

bloc
January 26th 2010



34679 Comments


I thought these guys were like Owl City?

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Waior
January 26th 2010



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah if adam young stopped singing about whacked out shit and started singing about cute girls with
his ukelele, it would be like that

probably has the same general fanbase though

bloc
January 26th 2010



34679 Comments


Okay, I'll probably avoid this.

PS. Avatar change!

WhiteWallStargazers
January 26th 2010



2647 Comments


summary is win

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2010



5784 Comments


I would have put 'Never listen never!', but his works well too.

Yet to listen to this.

Waior
January 26th 2010



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yet to listen to this.


never listen, never! never listen, never!

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2010



5784 Comments


He has a fantastic voice.

Waior
January 26th 2010



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I beg your pardon?

Yazz_Flute
January 26th 2010



18764 Comments


Every ugly girl at my school loves this guy.

Why the fuck did he have to name a song Jane Doe? He's ruining Converge for me.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2010



5784 Comments


I beg your pardon?


Sarcasm.

Good review, Caleb. This sounds terrible from the Myspace tracks that I've listened to. Pos.

Tits McGee
January 26th 2010



1876 Comments


i'm going to go ahead and say fuck this

Waior
January 26th 2010



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Observer, haha, I thought it might've been but I've been so used to you being serious that I readily assumed...

i'm going to go ahead and say fuck this


done!

Kiran
Emeritus
January 26th 2010



6000 Comments


baby dont hurt me
dont hurt me
no more

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Waior
January 26th 2010



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

been stuck in my head for an hour. maybe this would've been a 2 if he covered that though.
probably would've been a 1 if he actually covered jane doe, conversely

bloc
January 26th 2010



34679 Comments


BUM BUM BUMBUM BEE BUM BUM

SlightlyEpic
January 26th 2010



5780 Comments


have we concluded what exactly love is yet?

Yazz_Flute
January 26th 2010



18764 Comments


IIIII WAAAAAANT OUT

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2010



5784 Comments


Observer, haha, I thought it might've been but I've been so used to you being serious that I readily assumed...


Haha, when it's this bad, you have to know I'm joking.

Does he really change the band name based on how he feels?

Waior
January 26th 2010



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

In an interview, Ingle revealed that there is no longer an exclamation point after his name and that he will spell NeverShoutNever as one word when he is feeling happy, but three words when he isn't.




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