Never Shout Never

Harmony

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Trading one Butch for another, Harmony finds teenage singer/songwriter Christopher Drew (aka Never Shout Never) jumping from producer Butch Walker to Butch Vig on his second album. With Vig behind the wheel, Harmony feels like a more polished affair, making the album brighter, slicker, and less reverby than Drew’s previous record, What Is Love? While the production has grown up, Drew still seems to be in the same place as a songwriter. Sugary lyrics like “And who would’ve thought that a cutie pie like you would have anything to do with a smelly dude like me” pour on the saccharine with their contrived cuteness. While these are the kind of lyrics one would expect from a teen-pop idol like Justin Bieber, they’re hard to accept from Drew, whose tattooed image seems to position him as an edgy, serious artist. Though Drew has proven that he has a good ear for melody, his over-sweetened lyrics rob the songs of any real emotional weight.

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