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Sting In The Tail
Released: 2010, Universal Music
In anticipation of the new Scorpions album I realized that we did not review the last Scorpions album STING IN THE TAIL! I’m here to correct such an oversight.
As of 2010 the band was now six years and three albums deep into their comeback. UNBREAKABLE was very decent return to form, HUMANITY HOUR 1 was a darker, more experimental album but STING IN THE TAIL is where they truly re-embraced who and what they are.
Yet another awkward album title consisting of broken English and a somewhat dull album cover, don’t mar the superb record. The CD presentation is decent enough but a bit odd with a photos of the band hanging around in a industrial type setting. A picture of them having a snack at a nuclear power-plant seems weird. With three songs with the word ‘Rock’ in the title, you just knew this album as going to kick ass! Scorpions bring the fire and fun back to the table on this 11-track, 47-minute album. It’s punchy, stream- lined, well-produced and has the perfect song sequencing. As always it is the Power ballads where the band shines. Three top-notch ballads make the cut and as they have often done in the past, the electric acoustic interplay is in full-force. The highlight ballad for me is the instant classic (yes, I know that is a cliché) is the closing song, ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ with it’s huge sing-along chorus. The song has been entrenched in the bands set-list for a number of years now. Meine’s voice, the riffs, and the song-writing are all top-notch showing why as they approached (at the time) 45 years in the business, the band is one of the best.
STING IN THE TAIL is the bands best album in almost two decades, since FACE THE HEAT. It has been suggested by my colleague Martin Popoff that there a handful of heritage bands (Saxon, Motorhead, Scorpions, U.D.O. etc) that are doing their best work late in their career, and if that you ignore the date on the back of the album and shuffle the catalogue, an album like STING IN THE TAIL is as good or better than any (so-called) classic-era Scorpions album. I fully agree.
1. Raised on Rock
2. Sting in the Tail
3. Slave Me
4. The Good Die Young
5. No Limit
6. Rock Zone
8. Turn You On
9. Let's Rock
11. Spirit of Rock
12. The Best Is Yet to Come
Klaus Meine Vocals
Matthias Jabs Guitar
Rudolf Schenker Guitar
Paweł Mąciwoda-Jastrzębski Bass
James Kottak Drums
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