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Classic line-up experiments
on 27 January 2006
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.