Shortie takes a gigantic step toward being noticed on their sophmore release, Watching You Drown. Their independent debut, Wipe Your Eyes, was a solid effort, but it was evident throughout the recording that what truly was holding the band back was frontman Pogus' reliance on vocal effects and reluctance to take vocal classes to strengthen his true potential as a lead singer. Time passed, and with their 720 records album Watching You Drown, one will hear the unmistakeable difference in Pogus' melodies. Gone is the young man who needed effects to alter his vocals on every track, and welcome in a new voice to music. Grant you this album is fairly average; there is little to no real standout portions to Watching You Drown. What this album does show is a band that has enough potential to be performing at major venues across the country. Watching You Drown is sometimes painfully over-produced, but it is, for the most part, a very smooth listen. Inevitably, this will be an underground hit, and one can't disagree with the reason why. It is a solid album, but in all honesty, it just isn't amazing by any standard. Kudos to Shortie for making an album that longtime fans will love, and one that may even invite new listeners in, but I hope when it comes time to record their next album they will put 100 percent into it. The only thing holding Shortie back is, unfortunately, themselves.
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AllMusic Review by Jason D. Taylor