ARTIST: Scorpions, The
ALBUM: Humanity - Hour I
SERIAL: 88697 08798 2
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Klaus Meine - vocals * Matthias Jabs - lead guitar * Rudolf Schenker - rhythm guitar * Powel Maciwoda - bass * James Kottak - drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 Hour I * 02 Game Of Love * 03 We Were Born To Fly * 04 Future Never Dies * 05 You're Lovin' Me To Death * 06 321 * 07 Love Will Keep Us Alive * 08 Your Last Song * 09 Love Is War * 10 Rise Again * 11 Cross * 12 Humanity
If there was ever a reason to believe in the pulling power of aging rock dinosaurs and their relevance in the 21st century, then The Scorpions must be that reason. They've dodged a few bullets in the past, changing musical direction like hairstyles, causing their fan-base no end of worry. They have embraced musical life in the new century with an eye to the future, their sound is reflective of the modern rock elements that flow all around us, without being sucked into the hole. Bringing co-producers James Michael and Desmond Child into the mix has breathed new life into the band. The issue of trying to make The Scorpions appealing and relevant in 2007 would've been high on the agenda. Not so much for existing fans, but for the next generation of listeners out there. What better way to do this than to provide the listeners with a message.. a message about Humanity, in effect a musical message of peace and love, not war.
There is not an over-abundance of out-and-out metal rockers on the album. For those looking for repeat performances of 'The Zoo' or 'Another Piece Of Meat' - you will not find it here. Perhaps only the opener 'Hour I', 'You're Lovin' Me To Death', 'The Cross' and '321' come close, but even so, you'll come away with ears intact. It's where the melody prevails that the band come to life. The mid-tempo wonderment of 'Your Last Song', or the ballad 'Love Will Keep Us Alive' are tremendous, as is the Harem Scarem
flavored 'We Will Rise Again'. In fact, the Scarem boyz are good reference points for The Scorps, without dipping their signature riffs into pop overload. The aforementioned message get its airing on the tracks 'Love Is War' and the closer 'Humanity'. Not only does the music sound good, it also has purpose. I wish more bands could take their message to the people like these guys have.
Klaus Meine sounds as great as ever, his emotive phrasing is unsurpassed, and I hope these guys go down a strom during the 2007 summer festivals. Proving that 2004's superb 'Unbreakable' was no fluke, the Scorps have come up with an album that defies the odds. Their masterstroke was to include James Michael and Desmond Child to the party. Their array of songs for 2007 will make for continued listening for quite some time. I suggest to GDAZE readers to have a listen to some some soundbytes first. You may, like myself, come away highly impressed.
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