Despite the Scorpions coming on the scene in the early 1970s it was not until the mid 1980s that the Scorpions really hit it big with their distinct style of rock and roll. It is that era of the band that is best remembered by classic rock fans and it was also their most successful garnering hits like “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You”, so it should come as no surprise that this is the feeling that the band tried to recapture with their latest studio album, Sting in the Tail.
Suffice it to say that Sting in the Tail is nothing particularly new but with modern rock seemingly stuck in a rut, the throwback sound of the Scorpions sounds fresh by comparison. The first single and album opener, “Raised on Rock”, knows its roots and gladly tells the listener exactly what to expect with Sting in the Tail. Things hardly ever let up from that point on as most of the rest of the album is fueled by rockers fit for a party.
The Scorpions do not only have a knack for hard rocking party anthems though, as some of their most successful songs have been ballads. Sting in the Tail provides a pair of slower tempo tracks to break up the fast paced assault but honestly both “Lorelei” and “Sly” feel like filler thrown in to the mix. They both do their job and are entirely worthy of a listen, like the entire album as a whole, but when compared to some of the other tracks on Sting in the Tail, they are weak.
The guitar work is excellent, the vocals are powerful and the music as a whole is excellent. Much like Whitesnake’s 2008 return to form, Good to Be Bad, Sting in the Tail is exactly what a fan of the hard rock circa 1980-1986 would want. For fans of big, loud, anthem styled rock, Sting in the Tail will be sure to float your boat.
4 out of 5
Top Songs: Raised on Rock, The Good Die Young, Turn You On, Spirit of Rock