Wales' Soft Hearted Scientists take the refreshing route of pushing their psychedelic rock influences into pop music. Even though their music ppears slightly old-hat and whimsical, this semi-trippy record has a lot going for it thanks to its memorable tunes.
The enticingly-named 'The A470 Song' begins the journey with Spacemen 3-like droning and a vocal that is part narration, part-singing. Its slightly dark theme proves to be the exception to the rule. 'I Wanted You' is a jolly little number, 'Light Years To Nothing' is a hopeful song with a fine key change for the chorus and the harmonies on 'Meet Me At The Milky Way' suggest The Fifth Dimension have reformed. Other highlights include the epic 'Siberia' and 'I'll Be Happy, I'll Be Sleeping' with its key lyric of "We'll be dead by the second half of the century" making no attempt to deny they may be stuck in a time warp. Thankfully, unnecessarily extended codas to songs are kept to a minimum too. At a time when most bands stick to one mood on a record, 'Take Time To Wonder...' is a multi-coloured pop opus where the unashamedy nostalgic influence is a strength rather than a weakness.