If I had to describe this album in one word, I’d use “fun”. Because of the fact that 90% of Reckless Love‘s lyrics are about sex, and that many of their songs can easily be described as “poppy” or even “commercial”, they are definitely one of those bands that you can either love or hate. And you will probably take that decision before the first song you listened to is over.
I have always taken music very seriously and had very high expectations from it, so finding a band that definitely does not fit the typical description of Finnish bands with sad songs and depressing lyrics, and whose songs are just about having fun and putting you in a good mood, is something I never would have expected to like. They couldn’t possibly be more different than the kind of music I usually listen to, but somehow that seems to work really well for them.
Their first album, “Reckless Love“, was released in the beginning of 2010 and was a great success for a debut album. Compared to it, “Animal Attraction” comes with a few new changes and includes songs with more pop elements and even less glam metal, especially on tracks like “Hot“, “Dance“, or “Dirty Dreams“. Even though they might need some time to grow on you, they are surprisingly catchy and positive and probably the most memorable songs on the album. At the same time, the opening track, “Animal Attraction“, together with “Speedin’“, or “Switchblade Babe” continue in the recognizable style of the debut album. “Born To Break Your Heart“, even though noticeably different from the rest of the album, is definitely a song worth mentioning, and undoubtedly one of the album’s highlights, while “Coconuts” is a real disappointment, a song that honestly just doesn’t seem to make much sense.
Overall, this album is certainly not a masterpiece, but I would recommend it to anybody who has an open mind, wants to have fun and who knows exactly what to expect from this band. Just keep in mind that the songs are so catchy that they will be stuck in your head for a long time. And remember the lyrics! It might not be a very good idea to listen to these songs in public for the first time.
1. Animal Attraction
3. Born To Break Your Heart
6. Dirty Dreams
9. Switchblade Babe
10. On The Radio