At their worst, Never Shout Never sound like Jason Mraz set against more of a dream-like musical texture, wordplay and everything with Indigo.
“I’ve got sixty-nine problems and the witch ain’t one” is repeated more than once in the first track “Magic.”
At their best, the band has a groove similar to Smashing Pumpkins’ Ava Adore on the track “All Mine,” but that doesn’t last long enough.
More than anything, this seems to be a band that is playing the songs, singing the songs, but not living them. The words are empty, with little emotion behind them at all. This is what indie-pop would sound like if it were performed by robots. Pitch-perfect, but not human.
Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5 stars
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.