Released: 2013, Universal Music
Finnish Glam Metal band Reckless Love has had a fairly atypical career arc thus far. Their self-titled debut embodied the finest qualities of modern Glam Metal, a fully realized album from a band brimming with potential. The qualities of this release were not lost on the metal community. RECKLESS LOVE even charted at a respectable #24 on Metal Rules’s own Top 30 Metal Albums of 2010. Striking while the iron was hot, the band rushed out their second album in 2011 in an attempt to capitalize on the groundswell of praise surrounding the band. ANIMAL ATTRACTION defied the sophomore slump and was embraced by fans and critics as a more mature album musically and in song arrangements. Now comes SPIRIT, the band’s third album on Universal Music, which combined with band Steel Panther, represents the label’s dynamic duo of Glam Metal. Thus it is surprising to find SPIRIT is so difficult to obtain on CD in the US, perhaps Universal deciding to promote Reckless Love to conquer Europe and leaving North America to Steel Panther. Whatever the reason, it is unfathomable.
SPIRIT consists of the band’s usual penchant for addictive riffs, melodies, and song craft. Following the tradition of the last two albums, the band has placed the obvious radio courting tune at the beginning of the album, “Night On Fire” being a memorable but perhaps too overtly commercial tune. I dig it, but some listeners might consider it a bit anemic. In that case, move on to “Metal Ass”, a speedy rocker with some fast chugs and ripping solos. There is no shortage of great and catchy tunes on this album, notable tracks being “Runaway Love”, “So Happy I Could Die”, “Edge Of Our Dreams” and “Bad Love”. The impressive sequencing of the songs contributes to the overall listening, with an appropriate number of up tempo fast songs to balance some of the slower and more mid-tempo tunes. The production is slick and polished, again following in the tested footsteps pioneered in the golden age of 80s Glam Metal.
SPIRIT is an album that will definitely get the party started, effortlessly channeling Def Leppard in one song (“Edge of Our Dreams” is pure Leppard) and Dokken in the next, yet retaining many modern melodies and structures to keep it from being a completely retro affair. Considering that CRASHDÏET stumbled a little bit on their most recent album, go ahead and put SPIRIT right there with Hardcore Superstar’s C’MON TAKE ON ME as the best Glam Metal albums of 2013 thus far. Any fan of 80s Glam and Hair metal owes it to them self to seek out SPIRIT and embrace the feel good vibe that is most evident when listening to a band that enjoys and plays the music as much as we do. Reckless Love is exactly that kind of band.