Scorpions
Sting In The Tail


3.5
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Review

by Nosferatwo USER (43 Reviews)
March 29th, 2010 | 23 replies | 10,101 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The end of an era.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Sting In The Tail marks the end of a remarkably long career. Founded back in the 70's, before their style of hard rock had yet been forged, The Scorpions have outlived and outlasted several generations of bands, artists influenced by the style they had created and carried on throughout the years when hard rock became a dirty word. Now, some 35 years later, with the members pushing into their 60's, the band has announced their retirement, Sting In The Tail the last statement of a legendary band.

The album does what it can to give the band a proper send-off, highlighting their strengths, but revealing their weaknesses as well. "Raised On Rock" sets the stage for the album, a ripping rocker reminiscent of "Rock You Like A Hurricane", but with a better hook. It is a four-minute encapsulation of everything The Scorpions are about, slashing riffs, a solid hook, and Klaus Mein's ageless and unique vocal. What comes next is a confusing mix of rockers and ballads, equally divided between worthy additions to the canon and clunkers better left forgotten.

The title track incorporates modern vocal effects, a lame attempt at relevance from a band that doesn't need gimmicks. The song needed something to save it, but that was not the answer. "Slave Me" is far better, another heavy rocker with a strong melody. The rest of the harder songs fall flat, "No Limit" and "Rock Zone" terribly generic songs that have nothing to offer. They are bland, lazy attempts to sound like The Scorpions of old.

The ballads are better, a more mature expression of where the band is at this stage of their career. Their last album, Humanity: Hour One, was a brilliant album of tamer, more melodic songs. That feeling has stuck with the band, making "The Good Die Young", "Lorelei", and "The Best Is Yet To Come" the most memorable songs on the album. Each is a compelling listen, with understated guitar-work and dynamic melodies from Klaus. The latter, closing the album with a statement of optimism that belies the finality of the band's decision, is the best lighter-waiving sing-along the band has written in the last two decades. It is wholly magnificent, and a fitting last statement from a band that has given so much to the world of music.

Sting In The Tail won't go down as one of the best albums The Scorpions put out in their career, but it's a solid end to what has been a great run. The best may not be yet to come, but there's still so much to remember.



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BigHans
March 29th 2010



26455 Comments


Love me some Scorps, will have to check this out. Good review.

Nikkolae
March 29th 2010



4381 Comments


sounds pretty interesting, good review too pos'd

Digging: Corrupted - Paso Inferior

Urinetrouble
March 29th 2010



5695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is a great way to send em off

scissorlocked
March 30th 2010



3479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

boring...even unbreakable an humanity are better....

Digging: Fantastic Mr Fox - Sketches

Nosferatwo
March 30th 2010



17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes, Humanity is better, because it is an amazing album.

scaRRed
April 13th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the most positive and energetic albums of this decade. Play it in the morning and your whole day will be all right!

menonroopesh
April 20th 2010



8 Comments


If your a scorpion fan...its worth the listen. The first and last song holds true to the album listing. 4/5 for sure ..at least for me

rockandmetaljunkie
August 3rd 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The best may not be yet to come, but there's still so much to remember.

One the best closing phrases i have read.

A really good album that marks the end of a remarkably long and great career.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2012



1775 Comments


Well,scorpions sound on this album as fresh and exciting as they were almost three decades ago to be honest. I believe that the band have since got back together though, so I'll just say that this album is another reason to listen to the band in the 21st Century. Cracking album.

TheNotrap
May 28th 2013



7811 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album has some really nice songs.

"The best may not be yet to come, but there's still so much to remember."
Nice way to end the review man.

Titan
May 28th 2013



4799 Comments


The Best Is Yet To Come is such a good song.

TheNotrap
May 28th 2013



7811 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed.
They played the song on the last tour, pretty nice vibe.

The Good Die Young is also one of my favourites.

Titan
May 28th 2013



4799 Comments


'They played the song on the last tour, pretty nice vibe.'

agreed, saw that show too..

TheNotrap
May 28th 2013



7811 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice.
Still Loving You took be back....nostalgic stuff.

Now it's time to jam some Maiden, Maiden's gig tomorrow!
Maiden England Tour m/

Titan
May 28th 2013



4799 Comments


Still Loving You wasn't played at our show......I was so upset.

TheNotrap
May 28th 2013



7811 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn.

Concert's highlight, at least for me.
Best rock ballad ever made.

Titan
May 28th 2013



4799 Comments


If I recall correctly, it was an encore right?.......Klaus supposedly wasn't feeling well the night I saw them.

TheNotrap
May 28th 2013



7811 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Humm, I believe not...It was one of last tracks, if I remember right.

Titan
May 28th 2013



4799 Comments


oh ok, this is the one we got:

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/scorpions/2010/nikon-at-jones-beach-theater-wantagh-ny-1bd41148.html

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2013



5923 Comments


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