Slated by critics and fans alike on its release, `Eye to Eye' is perhaps the antithesis of what the Scorpions were once about. Virtually devoid of originality, energy, memorable riffs or catchy hooks, this is a remarkably bland record that a music fan really shouldn't subject their ears to. Having said that, it's not without some positives, mainly in its consistency - it remains dull throughout its hour-plus length! But, it is unfair that `Eye to Eye' is continuously singled out as the example of the Scorpions at their worst in the seemingly idea-free Nineties: predecessor `Pure Instinct' can be considered as being just as bad (and in some ways worse). And critics seems to point the finger at the band and accuse them of attempting to "go techno" on this album, when in actual fact there is only one song, the insipid `To Be No.1' where electronic beats are prominent. Yet, there really is very, very little to recommend this album, from the tepid opening of `Mysterious' to the clumsy German rocker `Du Bist So Schmutzig'. Some of the tracks are so flimsy they simply drift out of the speakers and fade away, leaving nothing for the listener to hold onto. And the album as a whole is so devoid of character as to make you question whether it actually is the once-mighty Scorpions you're listening to. Only three tracks manage to inject some sense of worth into proceedings: the footstomping `Mind like a Tree', the upbeat singalong `Aleyah' and the very worthy closing track, `A Moment in a Million Years'. This latter, a ballad penned by Klaus Meine and lyrically in the same territory as old classic `When the Smoke is Going Down', finds the Scorpions on familiar ground and is performed with style and sophistication and imbued with genuine emotion that is wholly lacking elsewhere. One advantage `Eye to Eye' does hold over the risible `Pure Instinct' is a greater sense of cohesion, like the band were operating more as a unit. This record was the debut of drummer James Kottak, whose fresh, youthful energy would surely be an influence on subsequent releases. However, this doesn't change the fact that `Eye to Eye' is a very poor album for such a great band to put their name to and is definitely an album for avid Scorpions fans only.