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Album Review

The heart-on-the-sleeve plaintiveness of emo has so completely infiltrated other post-punk and indie pop music genres that it really no longer makes sense to try to draw a clean distinction between emo and punk. To the degree that this fact results in indie rock that pays attention to melody and hooks, this is a good thing. To the degree that it results in sharp, heavy rock music that is undermined by breathlessly wimpy vocals, it's a bad thing. On its debut album, Live Like We're Alive, the Tennessee-based Nevertheless manages to offer evidence of both tendencies on : with the help of producer James Paul Wisner, the group generates a sound that is crunchy without being abrasive and dense without being oppressive; every song boasts at least one sharp hook, and the hooks range in obviousness from the whoa-oh-oh singalong chorus of "The Real" to the more subtle layers of backing vocals on the title track. If Joshua Pearson's singing is generally just a little bit too breathy and high-pitched, well, the guitars mostly make up for it. The band's Christian faith does add an occasional blast of saccharine sweetness to the lyrics, which is unfortunate. Their faith itself isn't actually the problem; the problem is their sometimes cloying expressions of it: "Don't stop believing," "It's faith that takes us there," "Run towards the light" — when your Christian witness starts sounding like the chorus to an REO Speedwagon song, it's time to rethink your lyrical approach. Even with its occasional weaknesses, though, it's hard to imagine anyone who loves tuneful power pop being able to resist this album's significant charms. Recommended.

Customer Reviews

The Album Review is wrong

Ok first off, I think that this band is amazing and they have helped me through so much in my life. Whoever wrote the album review was obviously not listening and the way they disapproved of the fact that the band is Christian was awful. This band is an inspiration and they value Godliness. These guys are wonderful and I definitely recommend them.

Nevertheless

I think Nevertheless writes good music. It's too bad the band broke up.

The Real

I've been listening to "The Real" ever since it came out(I wish I could write songs like that!) it never gets old. Definitely one of my favorite bands, they have two albums and they're as good, if not better, than relient K!

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