The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

THE SCORPIONS
STING IN THE TAIL

 

From the very first riff this is unmistakably a Scorpions album. So if you like the Scorpions then you can do no wrong because this is a very solid contribution to the legacy, and presumably after the announcement earlier this year their last album?

 

So what bang do you get for you dollar? The short answer is plenty. Always the masters of rock cliché you get a heap of them here ranging from the echoes of past songs and lyrics to the standard rock fare to some downright hilarious lines! You don’t really get anything too unexpected musically though which in this case is a good thing is for fans of 80’s hard rock. Over the last few years of course the boys have been producing some great albums and this really is no exception.

The solid opener “Raised on Rock” and “Slave Me” turn the Scorpions rock-knob up to ten, if you will pardon the expression. Great riffs for a bit of bang-by-numbers! They may not have another “Blackout” to offer but they are as solid as (as the Scorps themselves might say) a rock…

“Rock Zone’ also has the head-banging stamp of approval; but “Turn You On” is probably my favourite track here, a great mid-tempo very Scorpions-by-numbers track reminiscent of tracks from the classic “Love at First Sting” album.

There are a few slower songs the nicely constructed “The Good Die Young” and “Lorelei” which I am convinced has the verse of Tom Jones’ classic Delilah! (Not that anyone I played it to agrees!) But the song turns into the Scorpions patented strummed ballad and whilst it may not be a ‘Winds of Change” it fills that gap in the script.

Also good to see is the rock quota in the red! The number of songs with the word Rock in the title or the lyrics hits an all time high probably never to be beaten.

“Spirit of Rock” should win a prize for the opening lines which rhyme ‘Fish’ and ‘Wish’ in an oddly unnerving way.

“How Can we grow old if our soundtrack is rock and roll?” a line from the closer “The Best Is Yet to Come” seems to make up for all the silly lyrics. It’s a fitting balladic epitaph for a great band with a great ‘wave your lighters in the air’ chorus I can even forgive them the “Hey Eye Oh” refrain as long as they don’t try it again..

 

Mark