This bright debut from Indiana-based foursome the Elms oozes such youthful exuberance, it's almost possible -- for a few seconds, anyway -- to miss the serious undercurrent. Guitar-driven rock-pop with a strong Elvis Costello/Beatles influence gives these songs a spirited, fun bounce, especially on lighter tunes like the cheerful "Hey, Hey." The infectious handclaps, catchy "hey-heys," and Latin horns, however, can't override the song's heady message: Eternal salvation beats any temporary goodies the world may offer. Owen Thomas is the band's lead vocalist and main songwriter, and he shows a knack for using direct lyrics and tight melodies to impart his message. The overriding theme is one of warning -- time and again we're reminded to turn to God before it's too late (a message most ominous on the title track). Thomas can go for the emotional gut, too -- "You Get Me Every Time" is a standout. In short, the Elms pack some fun with their message, plus just enough youthful rebellion to keep things interesting. The kids are alright, after all.