Never Shout Never
Sunflower


3.5
great

Review

by whatshisname USER (13 Reviews)
July 7th, 2013 | 20 replies | 3,999 views


Release Date: 07/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Christofer Drew and company have crafted the most solid album in the bands discography by far

2 of 3 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.



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whatshisname
July 7th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Didn't like Indigo at all but this was a pleasant surprise. Constructive Criticism welcome.

Cygnatti
July 7th 2013



21350 Comments


Lol I love how people are saying he's folk. Just because some talentless hack tries to write some meaningful sappy acoustic ballads, doesn't mean they're folk at all.

Cygnatti
July 7th 2013



21350 Comments


And indie rock and indie pop too? You gotta be fucking kidding me.

YakNips
July 7th 2013



9623 Comments


I hate this man

Digging: The Brave Little Abacus - Just Got Back from the Discomfort

MuhNamesTyler
July 7th 2013



3860 Comments


This guy reminds me of a much gayer justin bieber

joshieboy12345
July 7th 2013



5370 Comments


It's pretty hard to be gayer than Justin Bieber.

YakNips
July 7th 2013



9623 Comments


Well he pulls it off

Cygnatti
July 7th 2013



21350 Comments


He's gayer than bieber and Ed Sheeran fucking each other under a rainbow.

Picture that gayness and multiply it by 3.

whatshisname
July 7th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You seem to be under the impression that every song they write is an acoustic sappy stuff and that's not the case. And yes the music could be described as Indie Rock, just because you don't like them doesn't mean they're not a certain genre. I despise Asking Alexandria but that doesn't mean I can go "They're not Metalcore because they suck".

skoopy48
July 7th 2013



1478 Comments


He's a douche but I kinda like the raw sound of this.

Cygnatti
July 7th 2013



21350 Comments


he's on warner bros. records. that's about as un-indie rock as you can get. this shit is also over produced. so he doesn't have the vocals of an indie rock band, the style, the production, or the label - therefore he's not indie.

You seem to be under the impression that every song they write is an acoustic sappy stuff and that's not the case.
I know that it's not, that's why I said it should be pop and pop rock, because that's what they do. this has no business being either indie rock or pop, or folk in any way. at best you can say that this is alternative (because indie = / = alternative) but even that's a stretch.
just because you don't like them doesn't mean they're not a certain genre. I despise Asking Alexandria but that doesn't mean I can go "They're not Metalcore because they suck".
that's a fucking stupid remark. I never once indicated that, that's just a poor defense because you can't justify him being indie. and just because something is a certain genre, doesn't mean it's good. there are plenty of shitty indie pop bands, have you even heard of mumford and sons (they're indie pop and folk but whatever)? this shit is simply not indie.

whatshisname
July 7th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You're getting so angry over a genre dude...calm down.

Cygnatti
July 7th 2013



21350 Comments


ah, the ultimate cop out.

whatshisname
July 7th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's not a cop out you douchebag, just because I don't feel like arguing over fucking genre's on the internet with some asshole I don't know doesn't mean it's a "cop out".

Cygnatti
July 7th 2013



21350 Comments


Well you were the one who made the baseless claim that the only reason why I thought this wasn't indie was because I didn't like it. In fact, you were even a part of this until you said that, so you really brought yourself into this and you've only yourself to blame.

And I always love it when people say that arguing over genres is stupid when you're on a fucking music site.

Lakes.
July 7th 2013



26833 Comments


cyg why are you expending energy over this dumb shit

besides we all know you are like an asian version of cristofer drew irl

Digging: BABYMETAL - Babymetal

Cygnatti
July 7th 2013



21350 Comments


Bitch nig, drew doesn't even wear glasses, play the violin, hes probably never even heard of talking heads. And I don't smoke weed or use my shallow Christian faith to reel in 12 year old girls.

whatshisname
July 7th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Alright I guess your right. Sorry man.

pjquinones747
August 3rd 2013



763 Comments


Indigo was much more dynamic.

Digging: GWAR - War Party

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2013



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

Just when indie-pop act Never Shout Never seemed to have settled on a musical style, Christofer Ingle & Co. switch it up again on 5th LP 'Sunflower'. Still influenced by the sounds of the '60s, the trio flail wildly between blues, pop & everything in between here. There are some nice bass-lines & vocal harmonies, although Ingle lacks the passion & talent to match the influence of Jeff Buckley. Meanwhile, the less said about the cheesy child-like rhymes, the better. A disappointing step down from their previous improvements, one has to wonder who the target audience for this rather forgettable album is. Recommended Tracks: New Sound, Aeroplane & Good Times.



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