I remember being very excited when this album came out due to the powerful first single "Wild Child". I had enjoyed previous Scorpions albums well enough -- Face The Heat, Live Bites -- due to some great singles. Pure Instinct, however, is ballad-ridden dreck with no energy and no inspiration.
The band employs a session drummer (Curt Cress) and sound like they are on autopilot. Approximately half the album is ballads! This gives you, the ballad-loving listener, almost half an hour of ballads. The single "You And I" alone is over 6 minutes long! Most of the rest of the tracks are flat, dull, and uninspired.
The few highlights include the first single "Wild Child", the uptempo "Stone In My Shoe", and the ballady-but-still-decent "Where The River Flows". And that is about it.
The single for "You and I" had a rocking B-side called "She's Knocking At My Door" which although it was a rocker was also pretty bland.
It would only get worse -- the next Scorpions album Eye II Eye
has been likened to Savage Garden!
2 stars. Avoid unless you want to buy it for the three good songs.