We are used to hear dark bands like HIM or To Die For coming from Finland. Reckless Love is something else. It’s like they are a Finish antidote to winter, darkness and snow. From the moment you press play, they take you on a trip to California and you find yourself with a Piña Colada in one hand, surrounded by sun kissed skin beauties.
After two kicking ass records, Reckless Love and Animal Attraction, the foursome from Kuopio are back with new release Spirit, which is heavier than former albums but keeps the feel good vibe and let’s say it, light and juvenile lyrics. And that’s fine, cause Reckless Love is all about having fun.
The opening song is first single, ‘Night On Fire’, very well described by singer Olli Herman as a song that ‘has this exotic Shakira-esque groove to it, which’ll make you dance’ . The track also has a video clearly inspired in David Lee Roth’s Eat ‘Em and Smile cover, one of the most obvious influences in Reckless Love’s career in the record.
‘I Love Heavy Metal’ is extremely similar to Def Leppard’s ‘Rock It’ and it also channels ‘Women’ a bit. So it’s like the opening of Hysteria in just one song and despite we heard this before, we still love it. Indeed, this fact was explained a couple of decades ago by Theodor Adorno and Mark Horkheimer who published ‘The Cultural Industry’ and stated (in a very critical tone) that one of the ‘keys’ to create a musical hit is to make it sound similar to other hits. No doubt, this works for Reckless Love, the thing is to love them and understand them as they are: simple and good rock n’ roll
‘Edge Of Our Dreams’ reminds you to ‘Sex’ from the first album of the band whereas ‘Sex, Drugs and Reckless Love’ is still very juvenile, hit oriented and a bit anthemic. I bet it’s gonna be a great track to watch live with a sing-along audience.
‘Dying to Live has reminiscences to pop/rock bands like Night Ranger and also to ‘Romance’, from their debut album.
Before launching Spirit, the band said in an interview that the album would feature a ‘thrash metal song’ called ‘Metal Ass’, which is almost a parody and sounds perfectly rough, mixed with Olli Herman’s vocals that tints the track immediately with some glam metal.
‘Runaway Love’’s lyrics are clearly about Herman’s wedding a couple of months ago, especially in the verse ‘We swore it to each other and your name is tattooed over my heart’, whereas second single ‘So Happy I Could Die’ is a good song that channels Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart My Heart a bit.
Reckless Love are entertaining, easy to digest, radio friendly and have the quality of being likeable by everyone. In their particular case, the dark side of this, is that they become in a mixture of almost all heavy metal clichés (in appearance but also in sound). Nevertheless, honestly, sometimes the world needs clichés and cheesiness. Indeed, one of the main characteristics of a pop artist (I’ll use ‘pop’ since I think it fits better in the following idea) is the ability to incarnate and do everything that others wouldn’t dare. This specific fact, locate Reckless Love in the category of a pop band, more than a rock one. The good thing is that the guys are able to work a pop image with a rock sound and therefore, hard rockers will be pleased to hear this album too.
Don’t look for social statements or heavy thoughts. Spirit is a great album to have fun and party. In the north, it comes in the right moment to warm up winter days. In the south (lucky us 😀 ) , the album is the perfect soundtrack for summer. If you are a glam metal fan, you must check it out!