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RECKLESS LOVE SPIRIT CD REVIEW

RECKLESS LOVE

SPIRIT

2013

 

 

RECKLESS LIFE

 

 

When Reckless Love’s first album came out they seemed like a breath of fresh air in the Rock Scene, mildly Sleazy, very Melodic with a touch of Van Halen and a lot of tongue in cheek. Even though their sophomore effort failed a little to sustain that excitement it still had its moments hidden amongst songs that seemed more ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ Euro-pop than anything you could call rock. Interestingly too the lyrics that first time around had seemed rather ironic in their seeming parody of Rock clichés, just started to seem, well, bad.

 

‘Spirit’ though is the chance to drop either way – Reckless Love could become a light and fun hard rock band or a disco parody of rock to appeal to a broader audience in the way that the movie ‘Rock of Ages’ took some of the best music of all time and managed to make me vomit within three minutes.

 

This should be interesting…

 

Sadly the first impression is that it might not be either interesting or enjoyable. Opening track ‘Night Is On Fire (Album Version)’ sounds like a Euro-disco nightmare take of Hard Rock – you can’t even imagine a band like Roxette getting this lightweight and immediately the warning signs are flaring up – shit, I thought – this is the ‘album version’ I got a cold chill imagining a ‘disco remix’ somewhere out there.  

 

‘Bad Lovin’’ that follows starts out with a decent enough riff and a camp-disco refrain of “Don’t matter if your straight, don’t matter if you’re gay…”  followed by a chorus introduced with a few “Nah, Nah, Nah’s” - the last bastion of the uninspired. Remember that word ‘uninspired’ as you’ll need it later.

 

‘I Love Heavy Metal’ is a candy floss wannabe Def Leppard style lyrical name check of Hard Rock (hardly a Metal band in the list) bands, songs and snatches of lyrics. Quite frankly it’s lazy. Lazy, uninspired (see how quickly you needed it) and limp as a month-old lettuce leaf.

 

Just to beat you to the punch the power-pop of ‘Favorite Flavor’ has the word ‘cliché’ liberally spread through the lyrics. Ironically it’s probably one of my favorite tracks here and even though you’ve heard it a million times before it’s a slight departure for the band, it works because they do manage to bring across that high energy intensity that they do so well to the format.

 

Sadly it’s one of few somewhat inspired tracks.

 

Even ballads – a style that the band has done well with before seem rather lackluster – ‘Edge of Our Dreams’ just doesn’t seem to lead anywhere: If you want ballads to lift you up, this one is struggling with seemingly intense gravity.

 

Everywhere else it’s a similar story- the most interesting thing about ‘Sex Drugs and Reckless Love’ is the title of the song. It’s OK with its feel-good poppy groove and feel-good chorus but compare it to first album highlights like ‘One More Time’ or ‘Beautifully Bomb’ – there is no comparison. Play it a few times though and you will find it to be one of the few songs that will grow on you.

 

While ‘Favorite Flavor’ was and experiment with pop-rock ‘Dying to Live’ is seemingly an attempt at a more serious song, a little more understated than you might expect from Olli and co, it is at least interesting.  

 

The album actually does almost redeem itself on the way out though, which surprised the hell out of me. It starts with ‘Metal Ass’ a song which actually breaks out some rocking guitars: its sleaze rock and one of the best songs here: sure it might be clichéd, sub-Steel Panther noodling but its’ fun and it’s the ‘fun’ aspect that Reckless Love seems to have forsaken on this third long-player. ‘Runaway Love’ that follows too isn’t too bad either in a light-melodic mid-paced way.  

 

The song that proves it’s not all broken though is ‘So Happy I Could Die’ a fast paced late-eighties Sunset Strip rocker that makes you wonder what the hell these guys have been playing at prior to this when it soars out of the speakers. The fact that the band made a video of this particular song is all the more puzzling when it’s pretty unrepresentative of the album as a whole but the best song by some distance… ‘Hot Rain’ too – the ballad that closes is a great song. Reckless Love puzzles me and I can't help but think they string us along with these 'rock songs' though prefer the Euro-disco oblivion... Maybe I'm wrong?

 

  
Sadly the humor and naivety that was once a draw for Reckless Love seems to have disappeared leaving them with an album here that is left to fall back on the quality of the songs alone. Sadly the quality isn’t there this time around. I’d hate to write Reckless Love off, but the clock is ticking…  

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

RECKLESS LOVE SPIRIT CD REVIEW 2013