Christopher Drew (aka Never Shout Never) seems like
a good-natured guy who likes to sing about being in love and believing
that there are plenty of tomorrows out there to live out his goals;
or at least this is the impression that he makes on his latest release,
The Summer EP. His songs are flooded with positive messages
that permeate warm, cuddly feelings, which makes him seem more like
a close friend than a shallow, power pop idol. This proximity proves
to be an asset in his songs, being able to understand what others
are going through and what they want out of life. Showing the folksy
sensibilities of Landon Pigg and a caressing lilt in his vocals
like Angel Ashley Parker, Drew has crafted an EP of catchy
tunes that are wreathed in sunny-pop palms and candycane-folk fields.
His songs "Happy" and "Losing It" show a Hawaiian
island tint in the buttery, folksy acoustics, like the ramblings of
a sweet-sounding ukulele. The soft, billowy musings give these tracks
a gentle sway and attractive, prancing riffs that suspend the lyrics
like a floatation device as he sings, "All I ever wanted to do
was to fall in love" in the track "Losing It." His
lines seem like only the potency of being struck by Cupid's arrow
could make someone say them. His words engulf the listener in a tranquil
mood as he presses, "you make me happy whether you know it or
not" from "Happy," or "I prayed for a change
With a girl as sweet as you/There is not much else I can do but fall
for you" in "Hummingbird." The soft acoustics and glassy
strings serenading the senses in "Simple Enough" are bannered
by fronds of feathering chimes and light, pumping beats, while the
mid-tempo number "I Just Laugh" has a power pop wattage
as Drew sulks along the verses, "Every since you went away/My
heart has never beat the same/And all I can do is just laugh."
The folksy temperament of "On The Bright Side" has a communicable
conditioning like Matt Costa with words of advice sewn into
the melodic seams like "You're only as small as the world may
make you seem."
Christopher Drew's EP is likeable and has merit in recreational-pop
alongside Landon Pigg and Matt Costa. It is the kind of music you
take on a picnic, or when you have some alone time. His view of life
is shaded in rose-colored confetti and sunny confections, but being
that this is an age when such optimism is running low and gravely
needed, The Summer EP just might be what the doctor should
prescribe for an improved outlook on life.
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