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REVIEW: Never Shout Never – ‘Indigo’

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Folk music has been the latest trend flowing through mainstream radio and Never Shout Never’s upcoming release “Indigo” tosses their hat into the ring with an added twist. Unlike typical, folk music where a guitar’s rhythm has a steady riff, the band’s upcoming release “Indigo” incorporates pop-rock tracks with the occasional return to their indie-roots, making it one of their most diverse and easy-listening records yet.

The opening song “Magic,” explores an upbeat tempo with a catchy chorus crooned by vocalist, Christofer Drew. Although the lyrics focus on a love interest, it isn’t a typical, cheesy love song, and instead creates a decent, rock ‘n’ roll ditty.  “Magic” sets the mood of the entire album, and encourages listeners to follow through all 11 songs.

‘Love’ is a theme throughout the entire album, sharing positive and negative experiences, making it easy for fans to relate. “Sorry” talks about Drew loving a woman who already tied the knot with an acquaintance. Despite Drew’s attempt of sweeping the woman off her feet, she doesn’t reciprocate feelings. The lyrics are the highlight of this track as they drive the song, and the instruments only add background noise to a narrative.

In contrast, “California Slang” illustrates a southern beauty that attracts Drew. The track is bubbly, fast and emphasizes guitar riffs, making it one of the most danceable tracks on the entire album. “California Slang” is easily the best track as it effectively meshes Drew’s guitar riffs and Hayden Kaiser’s percussion rhythm to create a southern-like influence, staying true to what the image Drew’s lyrics illustrate.

In the faster paced songs like “California Slang” and “Honey-Dew,” their sound is reminiscent to rock ‘n’ roll in the 70’s with Drew simplicity of lyrics, slurring of words and blues-like sound. Its transition from song to song also makes it easy for hardcore fans to listen to all the way through as songs compliment one another.

While some may prefer the lovey-dovey lyrics, basic guitar and percussion mix, it isn’t an album that most music fans will rush out to buy. With that said, it’s still a record that has a few outstanding tracks that exemplify the band’s growth from their last record. If this is indication that they’re growing lyrically and musically, it’s without a doubt Never Shout Never is a band to keep an eye on.

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