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Reckless Love - 2011 Animal Attraction

ARTIST: Reckless Love
ALBUM: Animal Attraction
LABEL: Spinefarm
SERIAL: 2783004
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Olli Herman - vocals * Pepe - guitar * Jalle Verne - bass * Hessu Maxx - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Animal Attraction * 02 Speedin' * 03 Born To Break Your Heart * 04 Hot * 05 Fantasy * 06 Dirty Dreams * 07 Dance * 08 Fight * 09 Switchblade Babe * 10 On The Radio * 11 Coconuts * 12 Young N Crazy (bonus)



Finnish sensations Reckless Love announced themselves unequivocably in 2010 with the release of their fantastic debut. It made my top ten albums of the year, and contained many memorable tunes. Throwing themselves out into the public domain through a series of gigs only enhanced their reputation, particularly in Europe, their glam meets AOR style was a winning formula, and we're only too pleased to see the boys back on target with their latest and greatest 'Animal Attraction'. However, there seems to be a trend among some of the recent releases which are second-time-around efforts - not quite being up to the quality of their debut. I'm talking Grand Design, Issa, Elevener, and now you can add Reckless Love to the list. Many of the songs didn't have the 'grab me by the short n' curlies' attention as their debut did. The attitude and appearance are still major attractions for this band, and their swagger and suss is only exceeded by the totally OTT Steel Panther!

The Songs
Leading off with the title track 'Animal Attraction', the RL boys belt a Def Leppard approved number, perhaps influenced by talk of 'Animals' (remember 'Hysteria' anyone?). There's some groovy guitarwork for 'Speedin', this is so 80's hair metal, you gotta love it! 'Born To Break Your Heart' is a doppelganger from the debut. Ah, this is more like it. Perfect radio rock. It might be a basic song-title, but 'Hot' merges Euro pop with melodic rock to resounding success. This is the sort of song they could be dancing to at some of the exclusive dance clubs in Europe. The boys pull out all the hooks for the ballad 'Fantasy', everything you enjoy about ballads within the context of melodic hard rock can be found here. Sexual innuendo abounds on 'Dirty Dreams', sounding musically similar to the recent White Widdow effort, with lush keys and racy guitarwork. Love the mix of melodic rock and hi-tech danceability for Dance', sort of like Billy Idol in the 21st century. 'Fight' is similar to the earlier 'Speedin', another nod to 80's inspired grooviness, so too 'Switchblade Suicide', with a songtitle straight out of the glam/sleaze era of 1991/92. 'On The Radio' has pinched the same turn-the-radio-dial sound effect as White Widdow did on their recent 'Reckless Nights' tune. Both songs contain huge choruses, this one though prowls down the Bon Jovi highway instead. The album finishes up with the unusually titled 'Coconuts', a fun filled romp containing a dose of Van Halen, Fate and Autograph approved silliness.

In Summary
A handful of tracks will ensure Reckless Love gets some 'love' in 2011, but I think overall it's slightly down on where they were last year. Still, they can tour quite easily on the back of this album, and draw in some of last years winners too. Let's hope they can see off the animal in this CD and get back to some hot melodic rock next year.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on December 24 2011 19:32:19
I think this is a slight improvement on their impressive 2010 release, and another winner for 2011. These guys do a great job of combining hair metal with AOR, and this is a good fun album.
#2 | englandashes on December 30 2011 12:10:44
Yep, got to agree with Jeffrey, I much prefer this to the debut, more rock attitude to it, even though my favourite track being 'Hot' is a pop masterpiece, this really should represent Finland in the Eurovision song contest, if not than can the UK pinch it!
#3 | ROBERT on June 08 2014 22:42:59
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