Scorpions
Animal Magnetism


3.0
good

Review

by John Marinakis USER (29 Reviews)
October 4th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Scorpions cross the threshold of their glorious and lucrative years with a rather sloppy album highlighted only by a few songs.

Ahh, the 80’s. A period of time in which the human race witnessed a great social, cultural and economic change. Amongst other many important incidents, political or non-political, the 80’s are also being remembered for the technological advancements that occurred. However, the erupted technology wasn’t the only instance. Something else erupted too. What went through the roof during the 80’s was Rock ‘n’ Roll music. In a nostalgic discussion, people who lived in these times, will describe that decade as a hell of a big party. Younger rockers like myself who didn’t live to tell what these years looked like, tend to believe that the 80’s were just a good time to be a teenager. And why not ? Rock music became the dominant genre of that decade. Sure, Pop icons like Madonna and Michael Jackson emerged and conquered the world, but Rock music after 2 decades of obscurity became mainstream and the bands were filling huge stages and scoring the highest positions in the music charts. The year 1980 was probably the most prominent due to the fact that a lot of great albums were released. Scorpions also recorded, but their seventh album entitled Animal Magnetism doesn’t belong with the rest of that year’s prominent releases.

Scorpions had their share of fame and fortune in the 80’s. The last year’s lovedrive, found the Germans commercializing their sound. In their struggle to become rich and famous, the band had parted ways with Uli Roth and as a replacement they hired Matthias Jabs. By that time, the recordings of Lovedrive had already began with Michael Schenker briefly returning to play the role of the lead guitarist. The result was an excellent album which combined commercial appeal and Scorpions’s last traits of experimentation. It seemed that for the first time in their careers, Scorpions had the knowledge of what they wanted to pursue and where they had to aim for. But things eventually came out entirely different with Animal Magnetism.

The second effort of the classic Scorpions line up, exhibits the recipe of the songwriting that was used for Lovedrive. Nonetheless, this time around, the band cease every effort that would seem as “adventurous” and trying to replicate the success of the previous album. At that point, Scorpions made a fatal mistake, the exact same mistake that Judas Priest did with the next year’s Point of Entry. They did not interpret correctly the reasons for which Lovedrive became their most successful album to date. They believed writing hits would be the answer and they fell for it. Probably they didn’t realize that Lovedrive had actually some well written music on it. I don’t blame them for that because with their new direction, the Germans perceive their opportunity and took full advantage of it. In other words, Scorpions saw the pot of honey and they licked it clean.

As a result of that mistake, the final recordings revealed an album that was all in all disappointing when compared to its predecessor. But there is also something else. In Animal Magnetism a weird sense of disorientation is exhaled from the beginning to the end. As if Scorpions new what to do but they were not sure exactly how to put it on this record. Although classic songs such as The Zoo, Make it Real and Lady Starlight are included within this collection, the lack of inspiration that is embedded in the rest of the set will leave you unsatisfied. The settled down guitarist duo (Schenker-Jabs), are trying to do their best and salvage what they can. Their contribution is enough to save this record from being a disaster as they both manage to come up with some crunchy, solid guitar riffs and two or three reasonable solos. Francis Buchholz is also in good shape, delivering basic lines and doing his fair share in the rhythmic section. The downfalls of this record are Klaus Meine and Herman Rarebell. For the first time after their debut, one of the bands most valuable instruments is muted. Meine, who acts as a negative surprise, sounds really bored and by failing to bring forward his excellent vocal performances, he is completely overshadowed by the other members of the band. In fact, I think this is the only time in Scorpions’s golden age that Meine underperforms. Meine’s poor performance results in a domino effect, a chain reaction that affects the group. More generally, there is a lack of energy and punch and that is apparently affecting Rarebell’s drumming which is less exciting than on Lovedrive.

The positives of this lackluster album are just the contained classic hits. Although it is fair to say that the really stand out track is Lady Starlight- one of the bands best ballads. It is a relieving fact that Scorpions never lost their touch for writing emotionally-affective power ballads and even in a second-rate album such as this, they manage to live up to this reputation. Finally, we have what I would call an anormality of a track. The title song is very unusual for a band like Scorpions. With a doomy droning riff and the dramatic structure, this song is flirting with the Doom Metal genre. As funny or peculiar this may sound like, this song is not like anything you have heard from this band before or since. Nothing more and nothing less than just another sign, reasoning the group’s lost sense of direction.

Although not being bad or very dull, Animal Magnetism is not the culmination that its creators expected it to be. Being often sandwitched between Lovedrive and Blackout, this album is missing a lot and it’s certainly not a highlight in Scorpions’s discography. Thankfully, it was proven to be just a small break. The next year’s release was a complete different story.

Recommended tracks:
Make it Real
Lady Starlight
The Zoo



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Animal Magnetism was a somewhat strange album for Scorpions. While featuring some absolute Scorpions...


Comments:Add a Comment 
rockandmetaljunkie
October 3rd 2013


3715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I decided for my 20th review to do some more Scorpions and since Daniel Dias has disappeared, I reviewed this.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 3rd 2013


3715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Constructive criticism is much appreciated.

RunOfTheMill
October 3rd 2013


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet, will read later :D

GodBlessPilot
October 4th 2013


48 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Decent review.

manosg
October 4th 2013


6529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, props for reviewing this album man. There is some sweet stuff on this one for sure. I'll read the review later and give you my feedback.

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ksoflas
October 4th 2013


442 Comments


Very good job, as always.
Pos'd.

TheNotrap
October 4th 2013


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album has some great songs.
Nice work man.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2013


16113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review
One of my favorite album covers of all time the back is hilarious.
Make it Real and the title track are great.

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ViperAces
October 4th 2013


12485 Comments


lol 1

manosg
October 4th 2013


6529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, somebody was really dissatisfied.

Itishappeningagain
October 4th 2013


320 Comments


an indie rock faggot dissatisfied with a Scorpions album? CALL THE FUCKING POLICE...
also Pos

manosg
October 4th 2013


6529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"The year 1980 was probably the most prominent due to the fact that a lot of great albums were released."

1980 was an awesome year. So many awesome albums, where does one start?

Also, review is well written, pos.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 4th 2013


3715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Guys, guys don't be too harsh with Pilot.

"1980 was an awesome year"

Indeed, the catalogue is huge and that year isn't famous just for that. 3 very important artists also died that year, John Lennon, Bon Scott and John Bonham.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 4th 2013


3715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback.

RunOfTheMill
October 6th 2013


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of my favorite album covers of all time the back is hilarious.


Hahahahaha that's great.

Nice review, dude. This was my first Scorps album. I agree, there are a lot of weak songs on this one, but a bunch of great ones. Make It Real, 20th Century Man, and especially The Zoo rule hard. I like Lady Startlight, but I remember abusing it a lot when I first got into the Scorps, and I can hardly listen to it now...

mark7477
October 24th 2013


395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not a bad album album for the scorps some stuff on here is kind of take it or leave it but the zoo and the title track are the ultimate tunes here.

manosg
October 24th 2013


6529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoyable listen.

danielcardoso
August 3rd 2014


2567 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Since Daniel Dias has disappeared, I reviewed this."

Hehe, I might submit my review for this later today.

Mythodea
September 11th 2014


1493 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy shit, Animal Magnetism is so doomy! (the t/t) 5/5 FOR THE SONG.



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