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Never Shout Never
The Summer EP
Doghouse Records
www.nevershoutnever.com


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.

-Susan Frances

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