Review Summary: A slightly more mature album that will keep fans happy with it's cliched, poppy charm.
Never Shout Never, the stage name of internet-risen star Christofer Drew Ingle, has never been an artist that has been received well by critics. His rather clichéd and unsophisticated lyrics do not make for an album full of songs to be taken all too seriously. This, accompanied by his fan base typically made up of adolescent girls, accumulates to form an artist that will find it hard to impress the harshest of music critics.
However, judging Never Shout Never’s music in the context that it was likely written for is key. With song titles like ‘CheaterCheaterBestFriendEater’ and ‘This S**t Getz Old’, it is clear that the aforementioned pattern that is all too familiar in past albums is making a return. This is something that would lead you to conclude that this album is poor. The truth is, the lyrics and Drew’s voice aren’t anything special, but I think that for the audience that it is aimed towards, it is suitably written. The lyrics, that apply to most teenagers’ lives, put into a very simple, accessible form, are often underrated in albums like these.
Drew manages to create some relatively genuine songs like the lead single, ‘Sellout’, a song exploring the tribulations he faced whilst gaining popularity in the industry. Although not a particularly well-constructed song, the point is put across well and the result is a catchy acoustic pop song quite typical of the MySpace founded ‘scene’ acts.
This is an album meant for adolescents who enjoy simple, sing-along songs with an attractive front man. Never Shout Never’s Harmony delivers and stands above the previous releases with a slight raise in maturity. It’s not likely to convert people who weren’t fans but it will definitely impress those who are.