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Scorpions, The - 2010 Sting In The Tail



ARTIST: Scorpions, The
ALBUM: Sting In The Tail
LABEL: Sony/BMG
SERIAL: 88697 59330 2
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Klaus Meine - vocals * Matthias Jabs - lead guitars * Rudolf Schenker - rhythm guitars * Pawel Maciwoda - bass * James Kottak - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Raised On Rock * 02 Sting In The Tail * 03 Slave Me * 04 The Good Die Young * 05 No Limit * 06 Rock Zone * 07 Lorelei * 08 Turn You On * 09 Let's Rock * 10 SLY * 11 Spirit Of Rock * 12 The Best Is Yet To Come

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WEBLINKS: www.the-scorpions.com


Background
Shortly before the release of the Scorpions 17th studio album, Klaus Meine made a statement revealing this would be the bands last album and tour before hanging it up. Apparently Meine can't see himself and the band on stage at the age of 70 still belting out 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' for the millionth time. This is probably a wise move, but time will tell. Therefore the German heroes have decided to go out on a high with 'Sting In The Tail,' returning to the days of 'Blackout', 'Love At First Sting' and 'Crazy World' for the albums sound. It doesn't scale the heights of those classics, but easily erases duds like 'Pure Instinct' and 'Eye II Eye.'


The Songs
Those yearning for the harebrained Scorpions of old will find much to savor here, beginning with 'Raised On Rock,' which is an anthem of some repute, featuring all the trademark riffs and vocals of the bands heyday. Going to extreme lengths to prove they're 'back', we also get other similarly titled tracks with 'Rock Zone' and 'Spirit Of Rock.' 'Rock Zone' is one of the heaviest and fastest tracks I've heard from these guys in years and is a great piece of hard rock. As expected ballads are included heavily, notably 'Lorelei' and 'Sly', both perfunctory compositions with sweeping harmonies and acoustic guitar work which try to summon up the 'Winds of Change' era. The Scorps sound far more convincing with the raunch of the title track, with a return to the suggestive rock which once defined them. Another no nonsense rocker is 'Slave Me', where the riffs are truly tough, something the band has lacked for years. Meine sounds great on 'No Limit,' as does Jabs who lays down an inspired solo. 'Turn You On' says it all in the title and is upbeat, although the lighter waving conclusion of 'The Best Is Yet To Come' again comes off as a routine, hackneyed unifying track that belongs in the immediate post- communist era of 1991.


In Summary
If this is the way The Scorpions bow out then it could have been far worse. The bands best days have been behind them for a while, but this is proof they can still cut it at a reasonable level. It's far more listenable than 'Humanity Hour 1' in my opinion and while not totally consistent is a good representation of one of the most legendary hard rock acts of all time. Let's see if it really does turn out to be the 'end.'


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#1 | george_the_jack on March 29 2010 16:31:44
A pretty decent album to say 'farewell' to their dozens of fans all over the world....They are visiting my city(for the 1.000.000 time...) the coming summer.After listening to this 'honorable' release, I'll probably pay them a visit. ''The good die young' is a hell of an epic anthem! Notable is that the Greek national newspaper 'Real News' with the collaboration of Sony Music, offered 'Sting in the tail' on Sunday 14 March (one week before the official worldwide release of the album). I didn't miss the chance to get the CD for 3 euros in a nice official-like package! Signs of the times...
#2 | jeffduran on April 15 2010 05:01:26
Raised On Rock is abysmal imo-that is pure rubbish! Scared me to listen to the rest of this as I consider Scorpions to be one of the greatest bands ever.
#3 | Jez on May 05 2010 11:15:01
I liked 'Humanity Hour 1' a whole lot when it was released back in 2007 and I thought that it put the Scorps firmly back on the map, after the slightly patchy 'Unbreakable' and the downright awful Eye II Eye'. I'm pleased to report back that 'Sting In The Tail' is an absolute blinder of a disc and out does 'Humanity..' in virtually all departments. Infact, this could go on record as being the best Scorpions disc since the mega 'Love At First Sting' it is that good and I do not exagerate when I say that. This is absolutely spot on, with the band firing out one monster riff after another, on a really fine set of songs. 'Raised On Rock' is a great rocking opener with a razor sharp riff, The mid tempo 'The Good Die Young' featuring the lovely Tarja, is another highlight and 'SLY', 'The Best Is Yet To Come' and 'Lorelei' are 3 top quality Scorpions ballads. If this is to be their last album, then they have bowed out with an absolute gem of a disc and one that I can't recommend highly enough.
 
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