CD REVIEW: Neversay - "Neversay "
By Gian F - 03/29/2005 - 10:35 PM EST
Album: "Neversay "
Sounds Like: Soundgarden/Nickelback/Staind
Technical Grade: 10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10
Commercial Value: 9
Overall Talent Level: 9
Songwriting Skills: 9
Performance Skill: 9
Best Songs: I Never Thought, Madder By The Moment, What I Can't Have, Since You've Been Gone
CD Review: It's about time I got some straight rock with no chaser! Neversay sent in this riveting package which kept me wide awake while driving on a long business trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles, California, which is where they are from.
This is a superior produced project by Peter Amato and Jess Sutcliffe that rocks from beginning to end. The production is tight and the quality so consistent, that you can bet if you don't like the first track, you probably won't like the ones at the end or the middle either. I happened to love the first track and so did my stereo which seemed to come to life with the sizzling guitar playing of Mick Michelbach, and Marc Grover, who also handles lead vocals. Joey T holds down the bottom with clean bass lines and Tim Rossetti keeps the tracks percolating with solid performances on drums.
Because this is such a coherent project, it was tough to single out the most commercial songs...but that's my claim to fame so it was easy for me right? Not necessarily because there were no "filler" tracks to sift through. Despite the multitude of choices that I had at my disposal, my industry ears gravitated towards "I Never Thought," which is a monster track that roars. It has the power to define this band and place them in a league of their own. It should should be serviced to radio and pushed as a single immediately.
While many rock bands are dedicated to "rocking out," Neversay is dedicated to being a complete, full-service rock band that can cater to the desires, moods, and intellect of their audience. These guys can write! Each song is written with insight and shrewdness; delicately walking the fine line between adult sophistication and youthful street appeal as demonstrated in what should be the follow-up single, "Madder By The Moment." It's a guy song with an ear-catching intro, gripping lyrics, and a hook that all men can remember and sing when they find their women getting mad, mad, mad, madder by the moment.
Will this be the next great rock band to soar to the top? I'll Neversay, but they are definite contenders for my 2005 Muse's Muse Award for best rock band.
Advice: Promote! Promote! Promote!
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