Matthew Melton continues the cream soda cavalcade of his current incarnation; a confection of soft punk punch, power pop and just the right amount of glitter that owes no short debt to The Quick and Milk n' Cookies. Their sophomore LP is just as plentiful with the hooks but richer in texture than their first offering. Melton has spent his career beating denim, dirt and leather garage stompers into shape with Bare Wires and Snake Flower II, but its nice to see him lean into the lightness of 70's power pop with such a stalwart attention to detail. Fans of his earlier material may lament the lack of that leather snap, but digging into Young Reckless Hearts affords many rewards, with his songwriting beating a soft pink glow that lures the listener in with its batted eyes only to cut a few jagged slashes with the guitar crunch rolling under the billow of Melton's vocals. There will always be a place set aside in my heart for Bare Wires but to be honest Warm Soda's really developed into a pop juggernaut that I return to again and again.
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