Harmony (Never Shout Never album)

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Harmony
Never Shout Never Harmony.jpg
Studio album by Never Shout Never
Released August 24, 2010
Recorded 2010
Genre Acoustic
Length 25:09
Label Loveway Records, Sire, Warner Bros.
Producer Butch Vig[1]
Never Shout Never chronology
Melody
(2010)Melody2010
Harmony
(2010)
Never Shout Never & The Maine
(2010)Never Shout Never & The Maine2010
Singles from Harmony
  1. "CheaterCheaterBestFriendEater"
    Released: August 2, 2010
  2. "Lousy Truth"
    Released: August 26, 2010
  3. "Lovesick"
    Released: September 8, 2010
  4. "Trampoline"
    Released: September 27, 2010
  5. "Harmony"
    Released: October 13, 2010

Harmony is the second studio album by Never Shout Never and was released August 24, 2010.[2][3] The packaging of the CD comes with flower seeds (while the limited edition bundle also includes a flower pot with the album name on it[4]) with planting instructions "so you can get involved and make the world a more beautiful place!"[4] The album was streamed on his MySpace on August 22, 2010. Harmony debuted at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Christofer Drew Ingle.

No. Title Length
1. "Harmony" 2:50
2. "This Shit Getz Old" 2:31
3. "CheaterCheaterBestFriendEater" 2:58
4. "Lovesick" 2:36
5. "Piggy Bank" 1:34
6. "I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know" 2:33
7. "First Dance" 2:09
8. "Lousy Truth" 2:26
9. "Trampoline" 2:24
10. "Sweet Perfection" 2:18
11. "Sellout" 2:48
Total length: 25:09

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[7]

Harmony has so far received mixed to negative reviews. Gregory Heaney from Allmusic, although applauding the production of the album, criticized the album's lyrics, saying that "while the production has grown up, Drew still seems to be in the same place as a songwriter. [...] Though Drew has proven that he has a good ear for melody, his over-sweetened lyrics rob the songs of any real emotional weight."[6] Scott Heisel from Alternative Press, however, was more positive, stating that "the most hated man in emo [...] sounds even stronger than he did on [What is Love?, his debut album], turning in consistently better vocal performances that demonstrate a slight hint of [...] maturity while handling lyrical topics both serious [...] and not-so-much."[7]

In an interview with Propertyofzack.com, when asked if he was happy with the album's reception, Chris responded, "Sort of. It was a fun record to make, but we only had two weeks to make it. It was a very fun record. Butch was a great guy to work with. Harmony was okay; it’s not my favorite album ever. I don’t listen to it. I would never listen to it.[8] "

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Never Shout Never

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Butch Vig
  • Engineered by Billy Bush
  • Mastered by Dan Hersch
  • Mixed by Jon Kaplan
  • Designs and illustrations by Frank Maddocks
  • Additional engineering by Chris Steffen
  • Photography by Colby Moore and Christofer Drew Ingle
  • Production coordination by Shari Sutcliffe
  • A&R by Craig Aaronson and Perry Watts-Russell

Melody[edit]

Melody is a digital release described by record label Sire as a "Deluxe Digital Collection".[9] It contains the song from Harmony, "cheatercheaterbestfriendeater" as well as an exclusive jam called "Coffee and Cigarettes" along with the "Coffee and Cigarettes" video.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Never Shout Never. "Never Shout Never - Harmony - Amazon.com Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  2. ^ Tumblr Post (2014-08-12). "Never Shout Never News". Nevershoutnever.com. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b [2]
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew. "Review: What Is Love?". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Heisel, Scott. "Never Shout Never - Harmony". Alternative Press. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "PropertyOfZack Interview : : Never Shout Never". PropertyOfZack. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2010 Breakout Star Never Shout Never to Release New Album, "Harmony," on August 24th on Loveway/Sire Records, Deluxe Digital Collection of Songs Called "Melody" Out July 27th; Catch Never Shout Never on This Year's Vans Warped Tour All Summer Long" (press release), retrieved 2010-07-10