Taking what talents they've garnered from previous bands such as Hominy and Whiskeytown, lead singer Jesse Sykes and guitarist Phil Wandscher are onto something far bigger than the two could have foreseen. The opening title track lends itself as much to Margo Timmins as it does to a latter-day Lucinda Williams à la "Lonely Girls" in its almost morose tempo and arrangements, making the nearly seven-minute song glide along effortlessly and, to the listener, far shorter. The following numbers offer the same barren sounds, evoking images of members recording the songs in a log cabin. The well-trodden but solidly produced tracks never waver, especially "Doralee" and the slightly upbeat, honky tonk of "Lonely Hill." Resembling a trace of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon," the tune discusses heartbreak over a cross between Appalachian music and traditional country twang. "Don't Let Me Go" is another fine gem that doesn't stray too far from Sykes' strong points.
For those of you who are not already familiar with this exceptional hair metal revivalist group straight out of Finland, Reckless Love first announced themselves to the world back in 2010 with the release of their eponymous debut album. Reckless Love are back with their third studio album. If you are a follower of the hair metal scene, do yourself a favor and pick up this album from this standout band. Listen to it once. Listen to it twice. Walk away. Now listen to it again. You will find that each time the album will get only better and better.
Back from a short break, Finnland's Sleaze-Rockers RECKLESS LOVE return with a bang! "InVader" shows the four-piece in best shape. Frontman Oli Herman, guitarist Pepe Reckless and the guys really nail it! If you're into CRAZY LIXX and CRASHDIET, you gotta love this Finnish outfit. Melodic anthems, roaring guitars and a lot of fun foremost - that's what you get for sure.
Luther's third album for Alligator finds the 50-something bluesman truly at the peak of his powers. His superb guitar playing has never been more focused, and his singing shows a fervent shouter in full command. But Allison's songwriting has made giant strides as well, and ten of the 14 tracks aboard feature him as a co-writer as well. The production by Jim Gaines delivers a modern-sounding album that stays firmly in the blues tradition while giving full vent to Luther's penchant for blending soul, rock and funk grooves into his musical stew.