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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic line-up experiments
Having established their new sound on Lovedrive, the classic Scorpions line-up immediately went on to produce their most adventurous album in Animal Magnetism. Whilst still retaining much of the slick, hard-rocking nature of its predecessor, AM also saw the band reach out for a more intelligent and challenging sound. Opening with the solid 'Make it Real' and the...
Published on 27 Jan. 2006 by Nev Daimler

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3.0 out of 5 stars I remember searching for Michael schenkers name on the vinyl ...
I remember searching for Michael schenkers name on the vinyl cover All those years ago and not buying it then,and buying a ufo album instead. My decision vindicated after all those years. Very poro follow up to lovedrive and the cover was stronger than the content. I saw them tour this material and was not impressed, thank goodness they picked up wheere they left off on...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic line-up experiments, 27 Jan. 2006
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Nev Daimler (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Animal Magnetism (Audio CD)
Having established their new sound on Lovedrive, the classic Scorpions line-up immediately went on to produce their most adventurous album in Animal Magnetism. Whilst still retaining much of the slick, hard-rocking nature of its predecessor, AM also saw the band reach out for a more intelligent and challenging sound. Opening with the solid 'Make it Real' and the quirky 'Don't Make No Promises', the album then swings wildy from the sublime 'Hold Me Tight' to the somewhat pedestrian 'Twentieth Century Man' before delivering a charming ballad, 'Lady Starlight.' But it's the remainder of the album that really shines. 'Only a Man' and 'Falling in Love' are prime examples of the band writing and performing with professionalism and flair, while live-favourite 'The Zoo' is a wonderfully mid-paced rocker with an evocative whiff of decadence. Finally, the startlingly different title track is the Scorpions at their heaviest; it's twisted menace and snarling sexuality a perfect epilogue to a wonderful early 80s metal album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of their best., 3 July 2012
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Michael Dobey (colorado springs) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Animal Magnetism (Audio CD)
This is a great cd to grab; as this is metal at's most melodic, fun and well sung and played. !980 was a great year for rock and roll and this one stood up quite well in that fantastic year (musically). It's cover though is dumb ; but who cares, they were out to grab your attention. The music though is just great. There's not a bad song on here. And for metal fans this was one of the highpoints of 1980!. (time moves on but good music remains) The scorps previous one 'lovedrive' had really broken them in the U.S. and had introduced this type of sound that was moving away from the psych rock hendrix influenced metal of their excellent earlier releases. Everyone here is playing and singing to perfection and the scorps were masters of the newer type of melodic metal that was mirrored in the nwobm (new wave of british metal) that was raising and revitalizing metal completely. Instead of the more sloppily played nu metal of 15 years later which is ok this is classic metal with lots of punch. The zoo is the hardest slammer on this one and it still is wild to hear even today. Metal was wide open and often better sung and played than most of todays so it could capture many more fans percentage wise than todays generally. So this is worth grabbing and adding to your classic metal collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from one of the best, 7 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Animal Magnetism (Audio CD)
On This album you get one of their best songs ever "The Zoo"! Plus 8 other great songs. Rockers like Don't make no promises your body can't keep and Twentieth century man and the classic ballad Lady Starlight make this album well worth adding to your collection. Also, you would probably like their album "Lovedrive", that's my favourite.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 22 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Animal Magnetism (Audio CD)
The second Scorpions album to feature Matthias Jabs on guitar is generally considered a step down in quality, this isn't really fair. `Animal Magnetism' may be a weaker album than `Lovedrive', `Tokyo Tapes' and `Virgin Killer' but its better than most of Uli Roth era, some fans will tell you that all those albums are the pinnacle of music, but this simply isn't the case as the Hendrix inspired numbers with Uli singing tend to be quite embarrassing.

`Animal Magnetism' sees the Scorpions branching out and expanding from the Lovedrive sound, this has mixed results sometimes it works for instance when they try heavier material such as `The Zoo' and the title track, however it doesn't work as well on the dire ballad `Lady Starlight'. `Animal Magnetism' sounds a lot darker than `Lovedrive' and is less reliant on faster upbeat numbers than `Lovedrive' as well. So this album is less consistent than it's predecessor but still seven of these tracks are either good or excellent only the aforementioned ballad `Lady Starlight' and the rather unspectacular `Falling in Love' let the side down. `Make it Real' opens this album in excellent style with a classic Rudolf Schenker riff and some wonderful harmonised solos that are Matthias Jabs trademark featuring in many of the bands biggest hits such as `Rock You Like a Hurricane' and `No One Like You'. `Don't Make Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)' is an amusing rocker focusing on Herman Rarebell's favourite topic men masquerading as women, his obsession may be unhealthy but it's a great song. `The Zoo' is everyone's favourite from this album , there's a reason for this, it's a masterpiece with its really slow brooding verses and ever so catchy chorus and to top things off a talk box solo, they don't make them like this anymore that's for sure.

Performance wise Matthias Jabs is man of the match here, proving himself once again as an excellent player who is in no way in the shadow of his predecessors. However that said the whole band is on excellent form Klaus displays a versatility that few credit him for. His voice ranges from gritty on `Hold Me Tight' to mellow on `Lady Starlight'. Rudolf Schenker as usual plays very simplistically opting for a similar role as Malcolm Young does in AC/DC, strictly rhythm. This is perhaps why neither of them get any credit as players. Rudolf however does a particularly fine job here with `The Zoo' and `Make It Real' being amongst my favourite Scorpions riffs. Production wise this is album sounds perfect with the sound being crystal clear and the guitars have plenty of bite (or should I say sting! Ha what a imaginative Scorpions related pun, no one will ever use that again). Sadly as the 80's set in the Scorpions got a more and more polished production, with the standard to much reverb on the snare so appearing by `Love At First Sting'

So although this may not be the finest album the Scorpions put out, it certainly is worthy and far better than its reputation. So do yourself a favour instead of buying the latest Desmond Child album masquerading as the Scorpions get this instead. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic scorps, 30 Jun. 2010
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This is a great scorpions album (not their best) and one of my favourites. It's full of great songs including their classics 'make it real' and 'the zoo'. Other highlights on this album include the brilliant ballad 'lady Starlight', the dark and moody title track 'animal magnetism' and the fast and heavy sound of 'Don't make no promises' (this one really gets you going). If your a scorpions fan and haven't got this album then you should add it to your collection. If your not a scorpions fan but like great hard rock music then try this album. Highly recommended .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make it Fantasy, not reality, 2 Dec. 2014
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I'm a sucker for pop tunes blended with heavy rock. This album piles it on and gets you rocking and singing from the off, all the way,

I think the Uli era was the Scorpions' best in terms of the quality of the music. But Animal Magnetism helped them on their 80s path to becoming a major league rock band.

Klaus Meine has one of rock's great voices. Through the Scorpions (including Schenker and Roth) Germany made a major contribution to rock.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I remember searching for Michael schenkers name on the vinyl ..., 29 Nov. 2014
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I remember searching for Michael schenkers name on the vinyl cover All those years ago and not buying it then,and buying a ufo album instead. My decision vindicated after all those years. Very poro follow up to lovedrive and the cover was stronger than the content. I saw them tour this material and was not impressed, thank goodness they picked up wheere they left off on loverive with blackout-a fans album and not one of their strongest
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5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE., 22 Mar. 2015
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A Masterpiece by the Brilliant Scorpions. Every track is great but my personal favourite's are Make it Real, Lady Starlight, Only a Man, and The Zoo. And the title track is the best track on the album, so to sum all the album up in one word, BRILLIANT !.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you'd expect from the Scorpians., 30 Jan. 2014
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German band singing in English, at the height of popularity in the 70's and 80's - classic rock at its very best, and will not disappoint! They were selected to play at Donnington's "Monsters of Rock" for a reason! Excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not a bad c.d., 30 Mar. 2013
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Had this album as a kid & loved it.Not all the songs stand the test of time.Stand outs are the zoo & animal magnetism.One disapiontment is the inner sleeve dos'nt have all the original art work.Is still worth getting.
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