Never Shout Never
Me & My Uke


1.5
very poor

Review

by Joshua Smith USER (7 Reviews)
June 8th, 2014 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Never Shout Never does things that have been done by other pop stars, but worse.

Every now and then, an artist with talent comes out of the underground, and makes really nice music. Several rock bands I know of started on YouTube, and now are making excellent music because of constant dedication. However, even with a rise on the internet, artists can be chosen who just simply don't have much potential. Justin Bieber is one such artist, he was found on youtube, signed, and then foisted onto the scene, releasing generic, uninspired music. Naysayers of Pop music can just use bad examples like Bieber in order to criticize the genre, and most of the hate that pop receives is very well deserved, especially with 'bands' such as Never Shout Never.

The biggest, or at least one of the biggest bases in music is creativity, ingenuity, and experimentation. One of the biggest problems with NSN and pop in general is that most artists use a painfully basic formula, do nothing to make it better or change it in any way, and keep churning out the same album. NSN is guilty of the exact same things... mostly.

As a rule, I'm not a fan on NSN by any means, but (they) have done a few decent songs, and while nothing dazzling, they're not terrible. This EP does nothing, however, to refute the hate for the (band). The less than 10-minute EP is pretty much the same pathetic Ukulele and Acoustic guitar playing, with little to no variation on style. In short, your run of the mill Pop situation, but what really brought the EP and NSN in general, is the exotically obnoxious singing. In "Trouble" he wasn't bad a the mechanics of singing, but his voice has a harsh high pitch, making the song a huge annoyance, even though ironically it's the best off of the EP. The next song is a different story as he shows an incapability to hold a decent note. The rapping (I guess you could call it that) in the middle of the song is good for a laugh, but nothing past that. "Did it hurt" is better, but not much. I've heard the same rhythm for the Uke' part off of at least 5 songs, although the singing is mildly improved.

In short, this EP is the same song and dance, but the sad part is, NSN isn't an inherently bad (band), but creativity is required to keep fans and non fans interested in your music. If this was an LP, it would have received a 1 without any doubt. I do not want to imagine 40 minutes of this. I hate to be the one to hate on the singer all the time, but he's the weakest link in this (band) and if there was a singer without an obnoxious voice in this (band) it would have been a half-decent ep. The lyrics are nothing special either, all three songs are about love in some way.... which is an exquisitely annoying theme in lyrics, which I'm sure we're all tired of hearing about. This just provides another way that NSN fails to make anything creative and new.

NSN as whole is not terrible, but this EP shows that everything they do has been done better. The Bieber syndrome, as I like to call it, is here in full force with an annoying singer. The less than mediocre instrumentals combines with that to make a completely annoying and bad 10 minute experience that should have never have existed.

People should shout never when this group asks if they need to make another EP such as this.



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Aftertheascension
June 8th 2014


945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Suggestions? I plan to do a positive review next.

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Calc
June 8th 2014


12367 Comments


The bieber bit is unnecessary, the kid could play like 3-4 instruments when he was like 9 or something that's why he was originally even looked at. He chose to rip off Usher and go down the path of shit but to say he didn't have potential is kind of ignant. Also when you use parenthesis it would make more sense to use quotations.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2014


1675 Comments


Shit. I'll ride out for a handful of Beiber songs. Hatred is easy and boring.

erizen826
June 8th 2014


609 Comments


The parentheses really frustrate me while I'm reading this. They're unnecessary.

erizen826
June 8th 2014


609 Comments


Also that last line is cringe worthy.

ScuroFantasma
June 8th 2014


2535 Comments


Reviews okay, but the other users are right, those parentheses are annoying and distracting.

"one of the biggest bases in music is creativity, ingenuity, and experimentation."

You say 'one' of the biggest bases and then you list 3...?

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Tunaboy45
June 8th 2014


3175 Comments


Just listen to what they did to Bohemian Rhapsody.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkPGhLhk7vQ

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Verm
June 8th 2014


1002 Comments


Horrible, kill this pussy with fire

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2014


1730 Comments


Oh my god that cover

Aftertheascension
June 8th 2014


945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I used the parenthesis for comedic relief, I'm apparently the only one who got it.

StallionMang
June 8th 2014


6146 Comments


This is the gayest thing I've seen in awhile

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SnakeDelilah
June 8th 2014


9096 Comments


holy shit his haircut is the fucking epitome of asymmetrical

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sapient
June 8th 2014


2163 Comments


That cover makes me cringe every time

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Green Baron
June 8th 2014


20325 Comments


I want to flip that motherfucker off

Verm
June 8th 2014


1002 Comments


Scene twats like that pussy of the picture should be lynched by decent people

YakNips
June 8th 2014


13225 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

oh my god that cover [2]

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Aftertheascension
June 8th 2014


945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah this pretty much blows.

Should have given it a 1.

Aftertheascension
June 8th 2014


945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

-snip-

AtomicShane
June 8th 2014


1947 Comments


even his peace sign is shitty


Tunaboy45
June 8th 2014


3175 Comments


His hair looks photoshopped.



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