Review Summary: Christofer Drew and company have crafted the most solid album in the bands discography by far1 of 2 thought this review was well written
Never Shout Never is a band that get's a fairly well deserved amount of disdain around music circles and websites like this one in their early career. Started by Christofer Drew Ingle around 2007 as just him playing acoustic and bubblegum pop songs. After gaining popularity through Myspace, he released a slew of EP's and albums. By the time the Time Travel album was released, Never Shout Never had morphed into a full band. With their most recent release, it feels like they've finally crafted a sound that works for them.
The album begins with New Sound. The song is a groovy blues inspired song that shows off the bands talent right off the bat. Christofer Drew sounds the best he ever has, and like the rest of the band sounds like he's found his niche. The 2nd half of the song is a bit awkward as it transitions into a guitar driven song, however the song is good overall. Good Times follows as a song about, well good times. It's a mostly acoustic song besides harmonica and light percussion. The harmony's on this song are very present as a showcase to the vocal ability of everyone in the band, despite Drew harmonizing with himself most times. In fact most songs on the album follow this pattern loosely. Such as in Subliminal Messages, a slower song about having good times and being ready for change. The blues influence on this song is apparent too, as are the harmonies. Although some of the lyrics are plain bad ("I'm thinkin' about moving to California, to see what happens. Where all the grass grows so green, and it's barely legal. But honestly I don't even care, I'll smoke a couple of months away with you cause I ain't got nothin' better to do than get high with you") the song comes off in a good way. The next song is Aeroplane, my favorite off the album. A mild rock song, it succeeds as the most catchy on the album, with a chorus that'll get stuck in your head for days. Again the harmony's are great and sound fantastic on this song. Malibu is a bass and organ driven medium paced song with spacey vocals. The chorus in this song is catchy as hell, just like the last. With simple lyrics like "It goes, to show you. That when you're ready for love it will find you", the song is not the most prolific, but a solid addition nonetheless. The final song is Time Traveler Blues, possibly a reference to the Time Travel album where it's been noted that Christofer was in a bad place with drugs. Regardless of the meaning the song is a fantastic way to close out the album with interesting voice affects and catchy instrumentation.
Now that I've talked about the good, let's get to the bad. Wild Child is an awful song with dreadful lyrics and an annoying rhythm. Then songs like I Need You, and Sunflower come off as awkward attempts at an artificial sound. Knock Knock and Old Timer serve as filler and I can't help but feel the entire album would be much, much better without any of these songs.
In the end, Christofer Drew and company have crafted the most solid album in the bands discography by far. With high's and the occasional low, the album comes together nicely with a new niche for the bands sound that succeeds in interesting the listener and remaining catchy and relateable.