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Reckless Love - 2016 InVader



ARTIST: Reckless Love
ALBUM: InVader
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00129
YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Are The Weekend * 02 Hands * 03 Monster * 04 Chld Of The Sun * 05 Bullettime * 06 Scandinavian Girls * 07 Pretty Boy Swagger * 08 Rock It * 09 Destiny * 10 Let's Get Cracking (THWP)

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WEBLINKS: www.recklesslove.com

Background
Ok, I've been a big fan of this band since their inception. So I'll get that off my chest to start with. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of bands from Finland. Reckless Love would be right at the top of the list. Unfortunately, this brand new album called 'Invader', does not set my heart racing. I'm not quite sure what the boys have done here, but there's no musical connection that warms my heart. They have taken their music into a 21st century pop style and it doesn't work. Well, not for me anyway. You still get the occasional throwback to songs that they have done previously, but mostly this is throwaway rock. It's like they've sat in the studio with a pop/rap producer and come up with something that is a far cry from their debut album.


The Songs
'We Are The Weekend' is an awful way to start, and the chorus with a brass parp in the background is rather unfortunate. 'Hands' is next up, with big shout-out choruses and a 'rough around the edge' delivery method. It's a second-up improvement. 'Monster' is a reasonable tune spoiled by a basic chorus. 'Child Of The Sun' is the change-up moment, mild and melodic mostly, but lacking anything of interest. The fast paced metal of 'Bulettime' is for me, the best thing on the CD, sort of like Billy Idol on steroids. 'Rock It' with some hefty guitar work is also hot under the collar! What can I say about 'Scandinavian Girls'? Totally pointless. Are these guys aiming up for Eurovision? Come on.. 'Pretty Boy Swagger' devolves into a rap metal style. Oh dear. However, the band improve their fortunes with the final pairing of 'Destiny' and 'Let's Get Cracking'. If only the album could've contained more superior material like this, then my opinion might have changed.


In Summary
I'm sure that many modern fans will lap this album up, and Reckless Love will continue on their merry way. For me though, the album has many shortcomings. When they keep it melodic and powerful, Reckless Love sound awesome. When they dick around with rap metal it all goes pear-shaped. It's still early 2016, and this album won't be featuring in my year end lists. I'm very disappointed, considering the band have had a few years off, one wonders what they've been listening to in their spare time to warrant such an indifferent return to form. [word count 411]


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#1 | jeffrey343 on March 12 2016 18:08:23
Sadly, I have to agree with George on this one. While their first two albums had some excellent moments, they really nailed the third one. I was really hoping for the same approach for this one. I can't say I was overly excited when I heard 'Monster', but I thought that it's a decent-enough tune and may be one of the more poppy tracks. Alas, it's also one of the better ones. There are a few on here that are OK. 'Destiny' recycles part of 'Dying To Live' from 'Spirit', but doesn't approach the heights of that track (my fave from that album). I'll agree that the harder-edged tunes are the better ones. I don't hate the rap stuff they try - in small doses, it's OK.

These guys do have excellent skills, and the album is produced very well. If there is a demand for this style, it should do well. If there was a radio station in my area (or satellite) that played artists like this, I'd be fine hearing these songs on it. But my standards are lower for radio than for the music I choose to play on my own, and I don't expect to actually purchase this album.

I realize it's hard to follow up a great album, and many artists over the years have taken a step back in the eyes of many of their fans. I do hope they remain successful, but I also hope the next album is more like 'Spirit'.
 
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