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“While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was–and how much fun we were still having, in the process,” says SCORPIONS lead singer KLAUS MEINE about the band’s new album STING IN THE TAIL. “We want to end the SCORPIONS’ extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely gracious for ... Read more in Amazon's Scorpions Store

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  • Audio CD (28 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD, PAL
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000P5FF46
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nev Daimler on 20 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Finally, after more than twenty years, the Scorpions have released an album of genuine quality! Predecessor `Unbreakable' gave fans renewed hope after many years of disappointing albums, but there were still throwaway numbers among the great hard rockers. And though no song on `Humanity' will force its way into the canon of Scorpions classics, almost every one is a winner.
The news that `Humanity' was to be a "project album", with all the Prog Rock pomposity that the term implies, must have shaken many a fan's optimism. Desmond Child being named as producer after Dieter Dierks fine work on `Unbreakable' undoubtedly hammered a further nail into the coffin of hope. Yet any fears have definitely been misplaced; for starters, the concept (dealing with "humanity", surprisingly enough) is so loose as to be non-existent, the Scorpions delivering the same lyrical content they always have. More crucially, Child has given the album a clear, well-balanced and muscular yet accessible sound that suits the modern incarnation of the Scorpions perfectly. Moreover, his pop-rock sensibilities have been an invaluable contribution to the songwriting, with Rudolph Schenker apparently taking something of a backseat (according to the credits) for the first time in the band's career.
The first half of the album is easily the better: `Hour 1' is powerful headbanging number which, along with mid-paced rocker `You're Lovin' Me to Death' and the driving footstomp of `321' sees the band utilising a more modern, nu-metal guitar sound that suits them well. `The Game of Life' and `We Were Born to Fly' are in possession of soaring, catchy choruses the band were once so adept at writing and even the formulaic ballad `The Future Never Dies' works well thanks to a sweeping orchestration and a nice retro guitar break.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cougarric on 5 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Scorps sound fantastic on this album. There's a great balance between the heavy and the more ballady stuff, and some of the songs are the best they've written in some time. Love will keep us alive is an awesome ballad, and by rights should be a huge hit. Opener Hour I is a powerful beast of a song that starts it off in good style, whereas the final one Humanity rounds it all off nicely.

In terms of comprisons to other Scorps albums, I can't really find any. It's certainly latter day in sound but it's still different to any other recent one.

Anyway, the main reason I've posted this is to warn people off buying the Ltd edition version. It's not worth the money. A 13 minute behind the scenes, a new song, which incidentally can only be played on the dvd and can't be burnt to cd, and a picture gallery that repeats after about 20 pics. Not good for the extra £6.

Great album though.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DEWEYJOVI on 14 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Scorps have excelled themselves here,this is a gem of an album and imo ranks alongside Lovedrive and World Wide Live as their best work.
To me there is not one bad track,no filler at all and with the title track the band have created an instant classic in its own right.I enjoyed Unbreakable but this album has a more solid,more modern feel to it,slightly away from their traditional style but not too much.
I suggest you buy it now,you won't regret it.Hopefully the band will play more of this album in a live setting than they did recently when they return to the uk,as they have said they will be back.Just one thing puzzles me,are there 2 Desmond Child's as the guy who's behind this album surely cannot be the same one thats done Bon Jovi's Lost Highway ...
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Format: Audio CD
great cd from a great band
they made rock n roll what it is today
and they made an album that many new and old bands will not be able to follow
the 1st time that i had head a song by scorpions were 20 yrs ago and since they had made me a devoted fan
from the min that i read, hear that they are working on a new album i keep monitoring all the magazine and every site worth his url for any news from the scorpions camp
iv seen them live in support of this cd and they are better then any band half their age
these songs when played live its an experience by itself
final words go buy the cd dont waste your money on any other album keep your cash for the real bands
long live the scorps
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Darren Joyce on 27 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Reviewing an album is totally down to personal preferance, However after a couple of listens I realised how important a release this is. Each and every song is dripping with hooks, And I feel this will prove to be one of the most applauded realeses this year, If not this decade.

The term 'classic' should not be used lightly, But if i could give this album 6 stars, then i would!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ed on 6 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Scorpions have reinvented themselves on this album, but what they have become I cannot bring myself to love. The Scorpions have drafted in Pop producer/songwriter Desmond Child and as such are have ended up sounding like a modern polished pop rock band.

The songs for what they are aren't necessarily bad, it's just the direction in itself which I find so Lacklustre. I suppose if I was to pick standouts on this album I would choose the opening track Hour I, The Cross and Humanity. However non of these songs are necessarily bad it's just the fact that their not Scorpions songs at all, for instance one could easily turn one the radio and find Kelly Clarkson singing 'The Game of Life' with its ultra poppy hooks. Perhaps rather worryingly or perhaps a tribute to the bands talent is that they seem very comfortable with this new modern, mature direction. Ah yes, the maturity, for this album gone the hopes of any big dumb rockers about Big City Nights or sexual conquest's and such. They have been all but replaced by lyrics based around, yes you guessed it, Humanity! So Lyrically this album is 'Winds of Change' updated for 2007.

However on the plus side instrumentally the performances on this album are very strong, with Matthias Jabs providing some very good lead work proving himself once again a exceptional and underrated guitar player in my book. Klaus, shows that his voice although perhaps not as strong as it once was is still in very good form. Also the new rhythm section of James Kottak and Pawe³ M¹ciwoda play solidly throughout leading me not to miss Francis Buchholz or Herman Rarebell with any particular intensity.
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