Your appreciation for Young Doctors in Love's first full-length album will depend on your tolerance for group bah-bah-bahs and perky melodies. Led by composer/multi-instrumentalist Clay Puddester, the Toronto six-piece's power pop tendencies are loud and clear throughout the 11 songs.
What sets it apart from average indie pop fare are the melodic twists and turns, myriad Toronto references and song structures that include multiple bridges and inspired arrangements. Quirky orchestral pop I'll Be There In Your Arms slows down while still staying sunny, while (I Might) Smile alludes to the Beach Boys in more than just its title.
Fans of the band's 2010 EP might be disappointed to discover one of its songs repeated here - first single And If You Really Want To, which still stands out as the best - and the album would benefit from more emotional and tonal variety. But you can't deny its energy.
Top track: And If You Really Want To
Young Doctors in Love play the Garrison on Friday (May 30).