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Patchy but likeable
on 17 April 2006
As a devout fan of their music since 1982, I found this first Scorpions album of the Nineties to possess more bite than predecessor 'Savage Amusement', yet the songwriting lacked consistency. As such 'Crazy World' was, to me, something of a hit-and-miss affair and listening to it now, it still pleases and frustrates in equal measure.
Opening numbers 'Tease Me, Please Me' and 'Don't Believe Her' have plenty of quality, the latter an especially effective hard rocker with a catchy chorus, and 'Lust or Love' also follows in the same vein. Yet while 'To be With You in Heaven' and 'Restless Nights' are decent enough tracks, they lack the special something that makes them stick in the mind and the twin blast of 'Kicks After Six' and 'Hit Between the Eyes' leaves one feeling a little ashamed by their lyrical cheesiness. Elsewhere, 'Money and Fame' is filler material of the highest order and 'Send Me an Angel' makes you wonder what happened to the band's writing skills when they've been able to deliver consistently excellent power ballads in the past. The heaviest moment of the album comes with the title track and it really is a highlight, with a terrific guitar riff and a thumping rhythm marred slightly by a somewhat ill-conceived chorus. Finally, the song this album is most famous for, Wind of Change' is a definite acquired taste. Personally, I still feel slightly embarrassed that this is the song for which the band are best known, yet even I can't deny its importance in the band's musical history and, to be fair, it's perfectly listenable.
On the whole, 'Crazy World' offers nothing that can't be found of a much higher standard on other Scorpions albums. Taken on its own merits, it's a solid collection of melodic hard rock songs shot through with some welcome bursts of heavy metal.