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Scorpions Unbreakable Sanctuary Records USA / Phantom Europe
Produced By: Scorpions

Running Time: 56.47

Release Date: June 22

Released: US EU

Musical Style: Hard Rock

Links: Scorpions
86%
Songs: 84%
Sound: 90%
The Scorpions have returned with an album that will largely impress those eagerly awaiting a return to the band's melodic rock best.
The guys had a lot of work to do to impress this time around, or risk becoming totally irrelevant. Their last couple of albums haven't benefited from experiment, and the last Eye To Eye, was utterly horrendous. This is not a total classic, but it is a very solid collection of rocking tunes that retains an updated feel especially with the guitar sound, but is based more upon their classic melodic sound and song structure.
It takes a few listens to get into, but it's most definitely a melodic hard rock album. And that in a nutshell, is why fans will be impressed.
The album features a varied range of tracks, which work together well. There's the darker, modern rock of the opening tune New Generation, the more classic uptempo hard rock of Love Em Or Leave Em, Borderline and Blood Too Hot, the moody mid-tempo melodic rocker Deep And Dark, and the classy big piano ballad Maybe I Maybe You. The album closes with an aggressive rocker Remember the Good Times which is something a little different again.
The strength of the songs is what fuels this album. Completely the opposite to the absolute lack of inspiration behind Eye To Eye.
The Bottom Line
The band have a deal with Sanctuary USA that includes some tour support, so on the strength of this album and a record label that is willing to go along for the ride, this could be the start of a new era of respect for the longest running German hard rock outfit.
What's on offer here is an updated classic Scorpions styled hard rock album.
Recent Discography / Previously Reviewed
Pure Instinct
Eye To Eye
Moment Of Glory
Acoustica
Unbreakable

Line Up
Klaus Meine: Vocals
Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs: Guitar
James Kottak: Drums
Pawel Maciwoda: Bass

Essential for fans of:
The Scorpions
Track Listing
New Generation
Love 'em Or Leave 'em*
Deep And Dark*
Borderline
Blood Too Hot*
Maybe I Maybe You*
Someday Is Now
My City My Town
Through My Eyes
Can You Feel It
This Time
She Said
Remember The Good Times
--*Best Tracks



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