For fans of: The Maine, All Time Low, A Rocket to The Moon
Never Shout Never is 19-year-old Christofer Drew, who recently released his first album, What is Love?
NSN sings about love, heartbreak and being an outcast, all while looking on the bright side of life.
While NSN has garnered much praise for his album and has a massive following, courtesy of MySpace, What is Love? falls short of amazing. Drewâ€™s bubbly acoustic rock is too juvenile and at times sounds like a childrensâ€™ sing-along.
His song â€œi love you 5â€ is the epitome of a sing-along with lyrics like â€œI love you one, a two, a three shoobeedoo/I love you four.â€ To give Drew credit, he has a way with playing the acoustic guitar and making it the dominant sound of the majority of his songs.
His songs exude a â€™60s pop vibe, which works well, especially in â€œcanâ€™t stand itâ€ â€“ the most mention-worthy and well-crafted song on the album. This song truly shows Drewâ€™s music-making potential. The melodic sounds of the acoustic guitar, piano and tambourine, combined with catchy lyrics, make this song worthy of the â€œrepeatâ€ button.
In the song â€œwhat is love?â€ Drew sings about the demise of his parentâ€™s relationship and looking up to the love they once had. Drew tries to create a powerful song, but overshoots and misses the mark. The high-pitch nature of his voice almost makes the song intolerable. The song â€œsacrilegiousâ€ is equally as bad, as Drewâ€™s voice becomes somewhat cringe-inducing.
â€œJane Doeâ€ is one of the better songs on the album. The song is about being â€œoverly attractedâ€ to a girl. The lyrics are simple, sweet and the rhythmic sound of the guitar creates a relaxing feel.Â The sound of an accordion playing in the background adds a unique touch to the song.
The album ends on a bad note with the acoustic song â€œThe Past.â€ Everything about this song screams that a 19-year-old wrote it. It is three minutes and 15 seconds of high pitched whining filled with bad lyrics like â€œIâ€™ve been smoking the green since I was merely 16/just to find a escape from this town that was so mean to me.â€ It seems like Drew was trying too hard to create an emotional, moving song.
Itâ€™s clear that Drew has potential â€“ heâ€™s skilled in playing the acoustic guitar and has a way with words (in two out of eight songs), but NSN has a long way to go before he can fine-tune his voice and sound.