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Reckless Love - 2013 Spirit



ARTIST: Reckless Love
ALBUM: Spirit
LABEL: Universal Music Finland/Spinefarm
SERIAL: 0602537491346
YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Night On Fire * 02 Bad Lovin' * 03 I Love Heavy Metal * 04 Favorite Flavor * 05 Edge Of Our Dreams * 06 Sex, Drugs & Reckless Love * 07 Dying To Live * 08 Metal Ass * 09 Runaway Love * 10 So Happy I Could Die * 11 Hot Rain

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WEBLINKS: www.recklesslove.com


Background
Finland's finest glam rockers return after a year off, with their third and latest September 2013 release 'Spirit'. It's a colourful affair, from the macabre voodoo looking album cover to the melodic and poppy collection of tracks complete with jungle rhythms and huge gang-chant vocal choruses. With time to reflect on their career to date, this quartet have stuck to their tried and true formula; a formula that works for them, and one which thankfully doesn't take them down the hardcore route of fellow glam hard rockers Steel Panther. Of the three Reckless Love albums to date, the first was simply a melodic marvel, the second perhaps less so, while this latest third offering reclaims some ground from that second effort 'Animal Attraction' with some fun tunes onboard.


The Songs
'Night On Fire' has been about in pre-release form for some weeks, a video was available on YouTube as well. The aforementioned jungle rhythms waft all over this song, the overall result a commercial rocker that is easily the best choice for leading off the album. Gotta love the Motley Crue vibe and attitude crawling through on the excellent 'Bad Lovin'. That hard hitting guitar riff is straight out of the 80's L.A metal scene, while the gang-chants are as tough as black leather boots. Great song! When you listen to 'I Love Heavy Metal', it features well known artists plus equally well known song titles or phrases throughout the heavy metal world. It's quite cleverly done, and takes the 1997 effort 'Heroes' from Frontline to an all-time high. There's an AOR edge to the fluid 'Favorite Flavor', which is fast-paced. 'Edge Of Our Dreams' is a cruisy ballad like number similar to 'Sex' from the first album. AOR meets glam; as it all comes together for 'Sex Drugs And Reckless Love'; this is the typical sound you'd associate with this band. 'Dying To Live' reverts to mid-tempo pace and a whole lot of melody.. 'In the dead of the night.. I'm dying to live'. 'Metal Ass' might sound like a Steel Panther cast-off, and it's one of Reckless Love's heavier tracks for sure. Some pumping drum work and chugging guitar work puts this track in the heavy metal category. It doesn't get as catchy as 'Runaway Love'; easy on the ear and again familiar to some of the tunes on their first album. 'So Happy I Could Die' is an intense party rocker that never relents; the pedal is to the metal on this one - all the way through. 'Hot Rain' (which sounds like 'heartbreak' when sung by Olli), ends the album as a fully-laden power-ballad. Again, adding an extra dimension to the overall Reckless Love sound.


In Summary
I am very pleased to report that Reckless Love are back on track. I had concerns with their last effort 'Animal Attraction' despite containing one of my favourite ever glam-metal tracks in 'Born To Break Your Heart'. It seems that the band know where their strengths lie and keep within that framework. On a track like 'Metal Ass' they are prepared to test the waters a bit, and perhaps in future we'll see them heavying up even more. In the meantime though, if commercial glam metal meets AOR is your thing, then Reckless Love are your bling!


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#1 | gdazegod on September 04 2013 05:00:44
YouTube Video:
#2 | gdazegod on September 04 2013 05:02:58
YouTube Video:
#3 | kim_hp on September 04 2013 07:14:10
Great band. I hope to receive my copy today, can't wait! guitar2
#4 | gdazegod on September 04 2013 08:24:37
Colourful cover!
#5 | kim_hp on September 07 2013 22:16:14
One listen into this one and I can already say it's AT LEAST up there with the 2 previous releases. The lyrics and everything are cheesy beyond words, but like Steel Panther they just do it so well, it's impossible not to love it.
#6 | kim_hp on September 07 2013 22:17:29
ANd I agree, awesome cover. Smile
#7 | jeffrey343 on October 31 2013 18:55:14
I'll take Kim's comment one step further and say that it is clearly my favorite so far (and it took me only one spin to get that). Less glam, more hard rock / hard AOR, which is what I like. This truly carries the torch from the mid 80s.

The first two albums have some superb moments, but they're somewhat uneven to me. I really like the direction these guys have gone with this one, as it is really a great and consistent album.

I kept waiting for this to make it to Rhapsody so I could preview it before deciding whether it was worth a $10 download or a $20 physical CD. I play the first two more in shuffle mode rather than straight through, and I needed to see where this one fell. But it still has not made it to Rhapsody (or Amazon or iTunes), so I finally played most of the songs on YouTube and decided it was worth the CD. Looks like a good call.
#8 | george_the_jack on October 31 2013 21:31:33
Completely agree with you Jeff. This is more AOR than anything else the band have released to date. The production quality is also among the best in the genre these days. Great stuff and a top 10 contender for me for 2013.
#9 | jeffrey343 on November 15 2013 21:54:45
After two weeks, I can't think of anything in this slice of our genre that I've liked better, even going back to the 80s. They get compared mostly to Poison, but I hear more of one of the few bands they don't name-drop in 'I Love Heavy Metal' - Danger Danger. I absolutely love 'Dying To Live'. And the overall flow of the album is perfect. 'Metal Ass' is an example of a song that was handled perfectly. I wouldn't want a whole album of 'Metal Ass'. But it is a perfect break between two great songs. And it is short - 2:21 - ending way before it could get tiresome.

And I just realized that this review doesn't include what I assume must be a bonus track - track 12 - 'Die Hard'. That is also phenomenal. Big Motley Crue sound (and attitude) going on there. To me, it's a better way to end the album than the excellent 'Hot Rain'. I'm including a link to that song on YouTube in case you haven't heard it. I suggest you track it down.

It'll be interesting to see how this one holds up over the years for me. I believe it will be one that stays in my regular rotation.
#10 | ROBERT on June 08 2014 22:46:57
SUPER MASTER PIECE TOTAL
#11 | swazi on June 10 2014 22:14:58
Party rock music at its best! These guys always get me into a good mood. Great!
 
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