THE SCORPIONS ‘Unbreakable’|
Cracking year 2004 is turning out to be for the return of classic rock
bands - we’ve already had UFO, Tesla and TNT - now the Scorpions weigh in
with their new album and the Scorpions are back on form! This is certainly
their best album since the 80’s and the rocking is firmly back. Not only do
the twin guitar assault of Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs fire again but
credit to drummer James Kottak (ex-Kingdom Come/Wild Horses) who adds the
big drum sound the Scorpions lacked at times back in the 80’s. Pawel
Maciwoda is the new bass player - although the hugely talented Barry Sparks
(Dokken) plays bass on two tracks.
‘New Generation’ carries a political message but fear not the Scorpions
still know who to woo the ladies as we have ‘Can You Feel It’. The latter is
a cracking rocker and you can imagine it becoming a live favourate. Klaus
Meine can still hit the notes and ‘Winds Of Change Fans’ can whip out their
lighters as ‘Maybe I Maybe You’ carries on where the former left off. In
some bands this would be very cheesy but the Scorpions carry it off and you
just know Meine puts his all into his performance. The song does have strong
Queen overtone especially when the guitars kick in halfway through the song.
I defy anyone not to shake their head and tap their foot to ‘Someday Is Now’
- a ‘rock You Like A Hurricane’ for the 21st century.
Only ‘She Said’ hits the mediocre button (that opening guitar is very
similar to ‘Bell Bottom Blues’ by Derek & the Dominoes!). But the rock ends
the album with ‘Remember the Good Times’, which sees the Scorpions in
reflective mode as they look back on their lives from the 60’s to now (not
sure the new bassist will remember the 60’s though). This song highlights
all that is good about the Scorpions - great guitar riffs and soloing,
catchy choruses and above damn fine tunes.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly