Sting in the Tail
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: March 23rd 2010

The music of the Scorpions was pretty much the soundtrack of my life in the early 1980s, so there has always been an emotional bond between me and their music. Despite that, in the late 1980s/early 1990s, their magic seemed to be fizzling out and as a result they lost many of their die-hard fans. At that time they also produced 2 hit singles in the form of 'Winds Of Change' and 'Send Me An Angel', ironically their worst ballads ever, at least in my opinion.

The above hopefully serves to put "Sting in the Tail" - the Scorpions' newest album - into context but when a band like them has been together for around 40 years, 'context' could admittedly be a highly subjective affair. What I feel is quite clear, though, is that this album is their strongest one for well over a decade and it did not take long to win me over.

'No Limit', 'Rock Zone' and the title-track are scorching rockers. Of course power ballads are where the Scorpions have always excelled and they've come up with a couple of excellent ones in the form of 'Lorelei' and 'The Good Die Young'. The mid-tempo choruses and riffs of 'Sly' also offer a welcome spice of variety to the album.

The Scorpions have announced that "Sting in the Tail" is to be their swansong to the world and time will tell if it will be a Kiss-style pseudo 'good-bye'. Whatever the case, the band has bequeathed us enough classic albums to ensure their name will transcend their demise. Criticise the album for lack of originality if you must but "Sting in the Tail" is an honest snapshot of one of the greatest Rock bands...ever.


01. Raised On Rock
02. Sting in the Tail
03. Slave Me
04. The Good Die Young
05. No Limit
06. Rock Zone
07. Lorelei
08. Turn You On
09. Let's Rock
10. SLY
11. Spirit of Rock
12. The Best Is Yet To Come

Label: Sony Music
Distribution: Sony Music
Reviewed by: Chris Galea
Date: June 27th 2010