Castle Face (2017)
I Don't Wanna Grow Up is being advertised as the final Warm Soda album. It looks like Matthew Melton is moving on to his new psych band Dream Machine. I'm glad that Warm Soda was given a last hurrah as I've listened to a handful of Dream Machine songs and I will not be following him to that band. Dream Machine is not for me, but Warm Soda had a solid run of four pretty great albums.
I will say that I'm not as blown away by this last Warm Soda record. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but it feels a little flat after how great 2015's Symbolic Dream was. In a lot of ways, I Don't Wanna Grow Up reminds me a lot of the band's second album, Young Reckless Hearts. It's good, but can't quite live up to the one that came out before it.
That's not to say that I Don't Wanna Grow Up doesn't have it's share of highlights. Very few people can pull off the breathy AM radio power pop like Matthew Melton. Album opener "Young In Heart" sets the stage with an upbeat, jangly guitar and octaves in all the right places. "Don't Leave Me For Another Guy" showcases the band's ability to mix 50's pop themes with modern day power pop.
Let's face it, there isn't a bad song on the record, but if I'm ranking Warm Soda albums, I Don't Wanna Grow Up would be on the bottom half. Still, it's up against a couple of pretty stellar releases and it does have its share of hits.
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