Reckless Love wear their 80s rock influences on their lip-stick stained sleeves which coincidentally aren't even there. That's without question.
Now, the big issue with bands doing the 80s nostalgia thing in the present day, is so many simply don't deliver. It's basically a lot of eyeliner, a hot chick or three the band happens to know in the video, and ultimately a bad attempt to re-create the bright lights and big hair of the Sunset Strip.
Finland's Reckless Love follow many of these same formulas.
The difference? They in fact do it better than many of the bands they're paying tribute to.
Look, "Spirit," much like the band's previous releases, has some serious similarities to big hair hits of the 80s — specifically Def Leppard, Motely Crue, Van Halen, Poison and a few slightly more obscure.
But until now no other band has captured exactly what the album title implies – the spirit.
It's all been looks and no substance.
Don't get me wrong, if you're not familiar with the band and you go You Tube-ing at videos, you're gonna get the 80s looks and cliches down pat.
But it's the hooks that matter.
Anyone can get the 80s look down if they try hard enough, but not many can sing better than Vince Neil, David Lee Roth and craft better hooks than Nikki Sixx in his prime.
Again, that's the point — Reckless Love do it better.
"Night On Fire," released earlier this year as the album's first single, was a perfect prelude. It's the standout track, but not by much. "Bad Lovin'" is total Motley Crue circa '88, and "I Love Heavy Metal" is so close to Poison's "Unskinny Bop" they may have a lawsuit on their hands.
Somehow I think Reckless Love would not only show up to said lawsuit dressed to the nines, but would probably perform on the bench and turn the court case into an all-day party and eventually have sex with the hot female judge.
There's big ballads like "Edge of Our Dreams" and "Hot Rain."
There's more rock ala "Sex, Drugs and Reckless Love" and "So Happy I Could Die."
This is the catchiest batch of songs of any genre I've heard since Butch Walker's "Left of Self Centered" some 10 years ago, which is damn good company.
Right now, Reckless Love are only an overseas commodity, but maybe, just maybe, if America gets its head out of its ass long enough to admit it actually loves catchy songs like this, and quits hiding behind trends and peer pressure, they'll have a chance here.
If not, check them out in the meantime at recklesslove.com. If the 80s is your thing, this is the best band doing it even among the staples still touring. — B.J. Lisko