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Should be laws against this,
This review is from: Acoustica (Audio CD)
The best Scorpions albums get the blood pumping, the foot tapping or the heart melting; on their best tracks all these things happen at once. On `Acoustica', nothing happens...for over an hour.
Good acoustic albums offer a new sound to established songs; while slow numbers, especially ballads, are most obviously suited to the format, it's wonderful to hear a band pull off the difficult task of reworking a full-blown rocker on acoustic guitars. Yet the vast majority of `Acoustica' has the Scorpions playing ballads. What's worse is that they manage to make them sound laboured and flat. This is especially evident on `Still Loving You', but also on `You and I' and `Holiday' (such a great song rendered impotent is a crime against their back catalogue). The only hard rocking numbers given a work-over are `The Zoo' and `Rock You Like a Hurricane' (titled here as `Hurricane 2001' - a useful re-labelling should anyone wish to avoid it when buying a compilation). `Always Somewhere' is here, too, and to be fair it's not all that bad, but listening to one tired ballad after another makes `Acoustica' a tedious listen. Only with the cover of Queen's `Love of My Life' does the band really hit the spot, but then they follow this triumph with a dreadful interpretation of The Cars' `Drive'.
The Scorpions got the orchestral thing out of the way on `Moment of Glory' and `Acoustica' covered them for ruining, sorry - reworking - their songs without electric guitars. From here, the band could get back to the business of writing and recording proper rock albums (although they'd been struggling at that too during the Nineties). This is an album best avoided, except perhaps by insomniacs.