Top critical review
on 7 August 2007
On `Unbreakable', reunited with producer Dieter Dierks (the man at the helm on all the great Scorpions albums) after more than fifteen years; with a new bass player, Pawel Maciwoda, on board and having drummer James Kottak contributing to the songwritng on three of the tracks, the Scorpions sound fresher, more alive and more energetic than they have in the studio since 1991's `Crazy World'. Whilst the album is far from perfect, the guitar heavy production and the emphasis on rockers instead of ballads marks something of a return to form for the band. Long-standing fans breathed a collective sigh of relief after years spent fearing that their favourite band had completely lost direction.
Nothing on `Unbreakable' will set the world alight and some of the songs are pretty formulaic heavy rock-by-numbers, but they're played with plenty of skill from a tighter-sounding Scorpions unit and recorded with plenty of power in the mix. `New Generation' is a rather plodding opener, but `Love `Em or Leave `Em' is a solid ass-kicker, `Deep and Dark' a satisfying footstomper and `Blood Too Hot' energetic and catchy.
Best of all, where too many Scorpions albums veered rapidly into ballad territory, no slow songs are on offer here until track six. `Maybe I Maybe You' works very well as a restrained, piano-driven tune, yet even on this the band can't resist plunging into bombastic rock at the finale.
The latter half of the record, after the very fine `Someday is Now', doesn't quite sustain the quality but the songs are still far more enjoyable than most of stuff the Scorpions had offered up over the last thirteen years (unlucky for some, namely the fans). The cheesy, upbeat final number (with awful lyrics) is called `Remember the Good Times': highly appropriate, because `Unbreakable' most definitely does hark back to the glory days of the band and although it can't compete with albums the Scorpions released at the height of their powers, it offers plenty of positives and is a very solid slice of traditional heavy rock.