RECKLESS LOVE – Animal Attraction (2011)
Reckless Love exploded onto the melodic rock scene last year and their brand of infectious commercial party rock made them instant favourites with fans.
With a sleazy image and huge hair, you’d be forgiven for thinking these guys had just walked of a stage on LA’s sunset strip circa 1986, but believe it or not these guys hail from Finland.
Although their image implies their sound would be sleazier, what you actually get is Def Leppard and Bon Jovi inspired stadium rock, with huge radio friendly sing-along choruses.
Musically these guys create awesome hook filled songs which are infectious, with simple, sometimes silly lyrics, that could lead people to think they are a gimmick or parody band which is a true shame cause there is some damn fine musicianship shown on the album and their ability to write a killer melody is second to none.
Opener “Animal Attraction” is a driving rocker with an anthemic stadium rock chorus ala Def Leppard. “Speedin” is a guitar driven rocker, but it’s a bit limp and really didn’t grab me at all.
“Born To Break Your Heart” is the first real stand out track, infectious, hook ridden and ridiculously catchy as hell. It has some wonderful vocal melodies and guitar licks and a top notch sing-along chorus. This song shows the band at its best.
“Hot” is radio friendly gold, it’s instant and a fabulous up tempo rocker with a feel good factor of 10 (or 11 if your dials go that high). I’m sure this song will fill rock dance floors worldwide. It’s the sort of song everyone loves but refuses to admit it though.
“Fantasy” is a mid-tempo ballad inspired by Def Leppard; the guitars on this one are just beautiful. A huge lush harmony overloaded chorus is instant ear candy.
“Dirty Dreams” has beyond dreadful lyrics but musically it’s catchy as hell and we’re treated to another lush chorus filled with killer backing vocals and harmonies.
“Dance” is a very commercial tune with a smooth anthemic chorus.
“Fight” has a heavier guitars, a driven rocker which aims to have a shout it out loud chorus, but it just doesn’t have the hooks and falls short of hitting the mark.
“On The Radio” is anthemic stadium rock with a lush sing-along chorus and is perfect summertime radio gold.
Bonus UK track “Young & Crazy” closes the album and it’s a pulsating anthemic rocker with gang vocals, a live favorite for sure.
If you like party rock with anthemic stadium rock choruses, “Animal Attraction” is for you.
It’s all highly polished stuff with hooks aplenty and a lush sound which should cross them over into mainstream circles.
“Animal Attraction” is an exploitation of how much the band has matured since their debut. They’ve produced an entertaining and catchy album. No more, no less.
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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 (UK Only Exclusive Bonus Track)
Olli Herman – Vocals
Pepe – Guitar
Jalle Verne – Bass
Hessu Maxx – Drums
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