Title - 'Sting in the Tail' (UMe)
Artist - Scorpions
The Scorpions are definitely one of the greatest and most successful rock bands to emerge out of Germany, and they prove it to you one last time (so they tell us) with their very last album release, 'Sting In The Tail.' And so, let it be known, fans of '80's hard driving metal - at least, the good stuff like AC/DC, Def Leppard, Van Halen, etc. can indeed rejoice - as this (supposedly) last album is a must-have for the Scorpion fan in all of us!
Lead s(t)inger, Klaus Meine has gone on record as saying, "We want to end the Scorpion's extraordinary career on a high note. While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was - and how much fun we were still having, in the process."
Opening track, 'Raised On Rock' eases us into this, for better or for worse, rather melodic (even for the Scorps) album. Featuring some Bon Jovi talkbox moments, Meine and Co. are in fine form from the off. The title track is a little heavier, but nonetheless tuneful, whereas 'Slave Me' is more of their more 'typical' love songs!
Up next is 'The Good Die Young,' another slower track, one that actually enables you to hear the German tone in Meine's voice, for the first time in a long time. 'No Limit' and 'Work Zone' (a song you could have sworn you heard them sing 20+ years ago!) are powerhaus tunes in their own rights, whereas 'Lorelei' is the truest step into the ultimate Scorps love song category - and sounds as classic as ever!
'Turn You On' features the great chorus, 'If you wanna feel this thing, Come on baby shake that thing, come on baby feel the sting, and let the show begin'! 'SLD' is another slower track (yes, they are starting to pile up here), 'Spirit of Rock' an album track (pure and simple), and bearing the slower track theory just mentioned in mind, the sing-a-long, chant-enduced anthem, and album-ending song, 'The Best Is Yet To Come' hammers that nail home, once and for all.
During their 40-year career, Scorpions have sold over 100 million albums and received many awards. And so, after the release of this latest album, and a three-year mammoth tour; which will take them across five continents, they will finally part ways - as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Long live rock!