I've been a huge fan of the Scorpions since the early 80's. Hard rock anthems like "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "Breakout", "The Zoo", "Blackout" and so on are hallmarks of what was good about 80's metal.
The last Scorps CD I bought was their brilliant collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic "Moment of Glory"; hearing "Rock You Like A Hurricane" with orchestral music was absolute ear candy.
It was with great anticipation that I listened to the new Unbreakable CD. I can't tell you how bad I wanted to love this CD. With all the crap being produced nowadays in the name of "metal", I long for the time of good, clean, driving hard rock--much like we had in the 80's.
The lyrics and tone of this CD is quite optimistic. I have no problem with that; I'm an optimist myself. But it seemed so obvious, to me, that they were trying hard...maybe TOO hard. The idealistic lyrics and eager "lite pop" tunes made me think that perhaps this is yet another great 80's band yearning for a comeback. I also felt that, in a post 9/11 world, they were hoping to inject some hope and brotherhood into the world. (Nothing wrong with that, either...but it feels a little saccharine to me.)
As I said, I wanted to like this CD. I wanted to love it. But I couldn't help but feel embarrassed when I listened to this CD. Could it be that the prime of the Scorpions is over? You know, it doesn't have to be! Klaus Meine's voice is still utterly fantastic, and unless the band's musicianship has seriously declined, it would appear that there's no reason for them to produce such a mediocre offering.
But unlike bands such as Rush that have been around for 30+ years and are still producing fresh sounding songs, the Scorpions fell flat this time. I certainly hope this won't be their last effort...and that they'll shun mainstream "lite pop" tunes mext time and go back to their hard-driving, in-your-face modus operandi.