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The Scorpions - 'Sting In The Tail'

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The Scorpions - Sting In The Tail

The Scorpions - Sting In The Tail

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The Scorpions have enjoyed a long and successful career, selling millions of albums and topping the charts worldwide. Their biggest commercial success was in the '80s with hits like “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Big City Nights” and “Still Loving You.” Their highest charting U.S. single was 1990's “Wind Of Change.” Now, after 40 years, the Scorpions have announced Sting In The Tail will be their last studio CD, and after an extensive farewell tour will hang it up.
If that indeed is the case, Sting In The Tail is a great way to finish. The title ties in nicely with 1984's Love At First Sting, and the Scorpions still can write really catchy songs. “Raised On Rock” would have been huge back in the day, and it's a strong album opener. “Slave Me” increases the intensity, but there are still hooks aplenty.

Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen is a guest vocalist on “The Good Die Young,” but you'd never know it unless you looked at the liner notes. You can hear a female voice way in the background, and on some harmonies, but it's definitely not a duet. It would have been nice to hear her and Klaus Meine trading lead lines and doing more equal harmonies.

The rest of Sting In The Tail is packed with arena ready anthems. Songs like “No Limit,” “Rockzone” and “Turn You On.” are bombastic and memorable. Meine gets a chance to croon on ballads such as “Lorelei.” His distinctive voice doesn't seem to have lost much if any power or range, even though he's 61 years old.

They'll still be around playing live for the next few years, and I'm sure a live DVD/CD will result, but it is kind of a bummer that the Scorpions are almost at the end of the line. However, groups like Kiss have done farewell tours for the past twenty years, so Sting In The Tail may not be the last we hear from the legendary German hard rockers.

(released March 23, 2010 on Universal Records)

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