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Wild Force - 1990 Jungle Of Love



ARTIST: Wild Force
ALBUM: Jungle Of Love
LABEL: Sony (Finland)
SERIAL: 467519 2
YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Chris R Holm - vocals * Jan Stolpe - guitars, vocals * Hexa Elo - keyboards * Michael Reinholdson - bass * Putte Jansson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Holly Dolly * 02 Wasting Your Time * 03 Interfere * 04 Jungle Of Love * 05 Time Will Home * 06 Dum Dum * 07 So Much For Puttin' On An Air * 08 Show Me How You Feel * 09 Someone's Crying * 10 Painless Duty * 11 Fighting For Both Of Us * 12 Orly


Background
A band from the land of lakes - Finland. Tell me where's there's a jungle in Finland, or I'm a monkeys uncle! Wild Force must have done something right in their relatively short career. Signed to a big label, and also being one of the very few Finnish bands to have ventured over to the US of A to play live, in fact sharing the stage with Guns 'n' Roses. This is their second album, the debut coming out in 1987. There's been a few lineup changes in between times, but the music is as scandi as you can make it, with comparisons to Swedes Bad Habit, Bam Bam Boys and It's Alive, competing for attention on those tracks which alternate between pomp/fluffy, and harder edged rock with funky overtones.


The Songs
The image of the band is cool, I mean, the chicks will dig it, and they sure compete in the pretty boy stakes well enough (pretty being the operative word). The music is razor sharp for the most part, but on some songs, the lyrics border on the banal. I mean, who can forget these classic lines on the opener 'Holly Dolly'.. 'the situation seemed so damned perfectly right.. when she stood there in her dress so wet and tight'. There's a few more shockers along the way, but thankfully the Wild Ones gradually manage to put it back in the pocket and start to play some decent stuff. It's not until we reach the title track that things start to improve markedly. This is a brilliant slab of anthemic AOR, a la Talk Of The Town meets Masquerade, very nice indeed. The heavy blues attack of 'Time Will Home' sees the band laying siege to the French President, regarding Nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll. I thought that this was something that only Aussie or Kiwi bands sang about!! I quite liked 'Dum Dum' (silly name, is this Finnish for something?) with it's great keyboard layers and fast paced sonic guitarwork. 'Someone's Crying' is another full melodic anthem with guitarist Jan Stolpe singing on this one. The keyboards take the lead on 'Fighting For The Both Of Us' while other tracks such as 'Painless Duty' and 'Orly' are OK efforts despite some less than convincing lyrics.


In Summary
The band did not last long after this effort, and since then, the members have been involved with other Finnish musical projects up to this day. Along with Havana Black and the awesome new outfit Urban Tale, Wild Force are really the only other major band out of that fair land playing melodic rock, suffice to say the power metal scene is exactly the opposite.. one of the strongest. Lets hope there can be more.


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#1 | swazi on May 30 2012 17:11:14
Fantastic release this one, imo. I only bought it in 2010, but I remember that it took a while before I could take it out of the player. Highly recommended!
 
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