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- Young Reckless Hearts by Warm Soda
9/10 Mike Staff review, 10 April 2014
Warm Soda return this week with album number two. Now it might be a bit of a controversial stance but I struggled to connect with their enthusiastically received debut last year, perhaps I failed to catch the subtleties under the wave of hype and elevated expectations, but then I've never been crazy about Big Star either and these guys clearly listen to a lot of Big Star.
I am however finding myself strangely drawn to their new one 'Young Reckless Hearts', although I'm not sure what has changed within the formula. It's a comfortable and assured mixture of various power pop greats, lots of the aforementioned Big Star, a bit of Strokes, a healthy dose of Tom Petty, a splash of Spoon, a handful of Exploding Hearts, topped with a sprinkling of The Only Ones. They've got a cellist this time around which fills out the sound a bit, but it's the songs which are the stars here really.
Head honcho Matthew Melton has a breathy and fairly nondescript voice, but while I felt that left the previous album in a bit of a personality limbo in places, this time round I feel like the vagueness of his voice simply serves to divert focus onto the genuinely very good pop songs and arrangements. He's refined his aesthetic to perfection, and this album is full of lean and insidious guitar pop gems which aren't too cheeseball but will get stuck in your head for weeks. I just listened to the whole thing three times through and the only reason I'm stopping is because I have other records to write about. This is superb, really timeless sounding stuff. I think I'm going to have to go back and re-evaluate that debut.
10/10 coffin dodger Customer review, 17th April 2014
addendum toot above... woke up this morning with an ear-woggum the size of that twat Cameron's hypocrisy wriggling around in what's left of my brain. Young Restless Hearts...der, der, der, der, der, der, TWANG! Oh my what a track! (Spoiler) The middle-eight dual guitar break is pop-perfection: hairs-erect-back-of-neck-warm-glow-stuff. So the dodger is upping his rating to the full-fat 10. Now, one more play and I'll get round to Thee Oh Sees Newbie...honest!
9/10 coffin dodger Customer review, 16th April 2014
Utterly inoffensive indie pop. Normally, as a very old git - one who has always preferred a bit of an edge to his listening, I'd bypass such pop, indie or not. The album cover left me in no doubt as to the content within: I was prepared to give it a listen and consign it the shite-to-play-loud-when-the-skateboarders-ramp-it-big-outside-my-bungalow-pile. Oh dear, just how wrong could I be? from Chase Oren's opening thudding bass riff to the last dying chord of power-pop closer 'Stranger To Me' one word stands head and shoulders, flicking a casual 'V', above my prejudices: very. Yes, it's pure pop fun - but and this a 'I'm-way-too-ancient-to-wear-turn-ups-on-me-jeans-but-hell's-teeth-I-still-sometimes-want-to-sized-but' but they are good. Very good. 'Young Reckless Hearts' - the clue's in the title. It's all there: Cute - yes I did just type the 'C'-word - youthful emotions; perfectly phrased and timed production; sharp guitars, neat riffs; spare yet effective skin-beating; rolling deep thudding bass; sweet vocal integrity. The whole adds up to toe-tapping enjoyment of the kind I remember from listening to 'The Kinks' in my own youth. And do you know what? This lad, Matthew Melton, might just turn out to be as good a songwriter as Ray Davies...crikey, I'm grinning!
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