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A different beast to the debut.

Last year, flamboyant Finns Reckless Love wowed a lot of people with their high octane debut, an album that felt like all the best bits of Dave Lee Roth, Michael Monroe and Wig Wam all squeezed together and given an unlimited budget at ‘Sleaze R Us’. What I loved about it myself was the sense of boundless energy contained within songs that battered you about the head with their lust for life, whilst vocalist Olli Herman lit a further fire under them when the band played live. So that was then, and this is now, and we’re all wondering whether Reckless Love will be a casualty of that old enemy ‘Difficult Second Album Syndrome’.

The first thing that grabs you about ‘Animal Attraction’ is the fact that someone seems to have crept in and taken away a large chunk of the band’s energy reserves, as the tracks are, for the most part, mid paced. The rollicking ‘Fight’ attempts to redress the balance, but on the whole this is not a fuel injected effort, seeing the band content to rock you, yes, but not rock the hell out of you. There’s even a very nice rock ballad, ‘Fantasy’ that could have been done by Def Leppard. There's still plenty of cool licks and nice solos, but they're in no hurry to get anywhere fast.

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On the plus side, it doesn’t take long for each track to have the listener singing along with the catchy choruses and nodding the head to the plethora of simple yet affective riffs and the occasional ‘HEY!’ traditionally accompanied with a fist in the air and a swig of beer. Oddly, the best track is ‘Young & Crazy’, the bonus track, and it’s a shame that some countries may not get it. Come on, bands, stop mucking about and just give everyone ALL of the tracks! What they will get, is the crazily catchy, clichéd and cool ‘On My Radio’, destined to be a live favourite if I’m any judge.

‘Animal Attraction’ is, for me, a different beast to the debut. Not as full on rock and roll, but still containing plenty of fun, catchy tracks, it’s a good album in it’s own right, but one that falls short when stacked against the fire breathing predecessor. I don’t dislike it at all, but a little more ‘oomph’ would have been nice, with an injection of down and dirty sleaze over mid paced polite partying.

Alan Holloway

 

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Review By Woody

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!

I don’t think Animal Attraction is as good as the debut overall but there ain’t no denying these guys know how to write a killer commercial party rock tune. 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. It’s all highly polished stuff with hooks aplenty and a lush sound which should cross them over into mainstream circles. Although I can’t see them ever hitting the heights of Bon Jovi given a lot of their saucy (I can’t believe I just used that word!) lyrics and tongue in cheek attitude.

Musically these guys create awesome hook filled songs which are infectious but the thing that lets them down to me is their lyrics which are quite possibly the worst I’ve ever heard, absolutely diabolical! I think the awful lyrics do drag the band down and along with their image 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, although the lyrics are truly awful.

“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 an obvious dance floor filler which is very commercial with its smooth anthemic chorus. “Fight” is a heavier guitar 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. “Switchblade Babe” is a mid-tempo rocker with a bit of swagger to it, but it is totally forgettable.

“On The Radio” is anthemic stadium rock with a lush sing-along chorus and is perfect summertime radio gold. “Coconuts” is in a word – shite! Uninspired and boring! Bonus UK track “Young & Crazy” closes the album and it’s a pulsating anthemic rocker with gang vocals, its ok but nowt special to me.

If you like party rock with anthemic stadium rock choruses this is for you. This is just pure FUN and you know these guys will kick some ass live, I’m hoping to catch the band at this year’s Hard Rock Hell Festival so here’s hoping I’m right! For me though these songs will get old very quick as it’s a very throwaway collection of songs. I doubt after a few months I’ll return to it, but if you’re looking for something perfect to dance to which you can just shut your brain down too and rock look no further!

Track Listing: Animal Attraction / Speedin’ / Born To Break Your Heart / Hot / Fantasy / Dirty Dreams / Dance / Fight / Switchblade Babe / On The Radio / Coconuts / Young ‘N Crazy

Album Rating: 7/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Born To Break Your Heart

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Reviewed by Woody December 09, 2011
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Reckless Love - Animal Attraction

Review By Woody

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!

I don’t think Animal Attraction is as good as the debut overall but there ain’t no denying these guys know how to write a killer commercial party rock tune. 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. It’s all highly polished stuff with hooks aplenty and a lush sound which should cross them over into mainstream circles. Although I can’t see them ever hitting the heights of Bon Jovi given a lot of their saucy (I can’t believe I just used that word!) lyrics and tongue in cheek attitude.

Musically these guys create awesome hook filled songs which are infectious but the thing that lets them down to me is their lyrics which are quite possibly the worst I’ve ever heard, absolutely diabolical! I think the awful lyrics do drag the band down and along with their image 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, although the lyrics are truly awful.

“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 an obvious dance floor filler which is very commercial with its smooth anthemic chorus. “Fight” is a heavier guitar 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. “Switchblade Babe” is a mid-tempo rocker with a bit of swagger to it, but it is totally forgettable.

“On The Radio” is anthemic stadium rock with a lush sing-along chorus and is perfect summertime radio gold. “Coconuts” is in a word – shite! Uninspired and boring! Bonus UK track “Young & Crazy” closes the album and it’s a pulsating anthemic rocker with gang vocals, its ok but nowt special to me.

If you like party rock with anthemic stadium rock choruses this is for you. This is just pure FUN and you know these guys will kick some ass live, I’m hoping to catch the band at this year’s Hard Rock Hell Festival so here’s hoping I’m right! For me though these songs will get old very quick as it’s a very throwaway collection of songs. I doubt after a few months I’ll return to it, but if you’re looking for something perfect to dance to which you can just shut your brain down too and rock look no further!

Track Listing: Animal Attraction / Speedin’ / Born To Break Your Heart / Hot / Fantasy / Dirty Dreams / Dance / Fight / Switchblade Babe / On The Radio / Coconuts / Young ‘N Crazy

Album Rating: 7/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Born To Break Your Heart

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