Germany's most popular musical export EVER are still rockin' like a hurricane 30 years after their first album! All their U.S. hits- Wind of Change; Rock You Like a Hurricane; No One Like You; Rhythm of Love; Still Loving You , and Send Me an Angel -join Tease Me Please Me; I Can't Explain , and ten more. Rock on!
Sure they're big, dumb, and obvious, but weren't the Ramones
? Isn't Britney
Britney!) It is, after all, no mean feat to forge a bona fide rock stereotype, let alone become a self-perpetuating parody of said cliché in the bargain. Fashions may come and go, but the Scorpions still "Rock You Like a Hurricane"--and now at sporting events the nation over, no less. The material here leans heavily on the Hanover band's '80s prime, a period when they burnished their melodic pop-metal tack--if not their traditional spandex couture--all the way to the top of the charts, capping a decade of journeyman hard-rocking. There isn't much here from their formative '70s period (with the exception of Animal Magnetism
's metal-shuffle "The Zoo"), but proto-power ballads like "No One Like You" and "Still Loving You," and hook-filled, power chord pomp like "Big City Nights" helped pave the way for the rise of the glam metal of Poison
in the late '80s--and hey, thanks for that. That hard-pop sense also comes to fore on an '89 cover of the Who
's "I Can't Explain" and a pair of undeniably consistent new recordings, the title track and "Cause I Love You." Scorpions über alles! --Jerry McCulley