Sound — 8
Finnish hair metal revivalist group Reckless Love have been bringing back the hard hitting group choruses, finger blistering guitar solos and big hair of the '80s since 2001. However it wasn't until 2010 that the band would be introduced to a worldwide audience following the release of their self-titled debut studio album. The band's signature style, which is built around some significant influences from such bands as Def Leppard, Skid Row and David Lee Roth, allowed them to stand out amongst other up-and-coming rock groups and immediately caught the attention of hair metal followers around the world, most notably in the UK and United States.
Reckless Love followed up their debut album the following year with their second studio album, titled "Animal Attraction." 2012 showed the release of a new EP, "Born to Break Your Heart," which was comprised mostly of acoustic renditions of their previously released songs and a few previously unreleased live recordings. Continuing the band's apparent effort for one new album a year, Reckless Love have just released their third studio album, which shows the rock group continuing in the same direction previously showcased on the band's previous outings.
"Spirit" is an album of hard hitting compositions that run right in the vein of the band's musical inspirations. The album is immediately jump started with "Night on Fire," a song that begins with a Caribbean-style percussion section before rocketing off into the midnight sky with a compilation of deep vocal melodies and virtuosic lead guitar work. Reckless Love move into Steel Panther territory with "Metal A-s," a comedic rock song built around blistering guitar playing and another memorable chorus.
Lyrics — 8
Lead vocalist Olli Herman implements a number of different influences into his lyrical execution and singing style. Best described as a cross between Joe Elliott, David Lee Roth and Dee Snider, Olli's vocal performance is one of the more dominant factors in the lineup that makes the signature Reckless Love sound so standout. You can have a hair metal group with a fantastic lead guitarist, a take charge percussionist, a commanding bass player. But in order to be great, you need to have a lead vocalist with personality and a unique sound. And that is exactly what Olli Herman is. Olli applies strong levels of charisma to his wide vocal range, and it's his performance that drives the entire listening experience well beyond any preset expectations.
Overall Impression — 8
With some hair metal bands, after a couple great studio albums they burn out and eventually fade away. But this is not the case with Reckless Love; with their third studio album, Reckless Love deliver a collection of nostalgic hair metal anthems that are bursting with intensity and authoritative musical complexity. For any fan of such new bands as Steel Panther and The Treatment, as well as the original hair metal music era, this is an album that comes highly recommended.