Their most successful album - and with good reason,
This review is from: Love At First Sting (Audio CD)
Love At First Sting (1984.) Scorpions' ninth album.
By the time 1984 had rolled around, the Scorpions had succeeded at becoming one of the world's most popular and successful heavy metal acts. Every album they had released to date was excellent, and there was no denying that. But it was their ninth studio album, Love At First Sting, released in 1984, that would give the band their status as living legends. Does this album deserve its position as their most popular one of all, or is it just a subpar release from the German metal legends? Read on for my review.
To put it simply, this album is more than worthy of all the praise that fans give it. The most obvious good thing about this album are the three huge hits that can be found here. First off is the band's biggest hit of all, Rock You Like A Hurricane. The band never released a song before this one that achieved similar successes, and never would. It's arena-style power rock at its finest. And then, of course, we have Big City Nights. This power rocker also became a pretty big hit, and it deserves its lofty reputation. The third and final of the big hits is the band's most famous ballad to date - Still Loving You. This isn't their best ballad by any means, but it is their most popular, and one of their finest efforts. And, of course, the excellent tracks on this album are not limited to just the hits. Once again, the band serves up an album consisting mostly of hard and heavy fast-paced tracks - solid proof that these guys are NOT a glam metal band, despite what some idiots think. Also, as with most Scorpions albums, there are a few ballads. It's amazing that these guys, who are best at shelling out fast and furious rockers, can succeed at creating such excellent ballads. All in all, this album deserves its position as the band's most popular album.
I do have one slight complaint about this reissue, though (as opposed to the other Scorpions reissues) - following the release of this album but preceeded the release of their next full-length release, Savage Amusement, the band released a single-only track, which was a cover of the Who classic I Can't Explain. The record company should have added this track on this album as a bonus track, but obviously, they didn't. Oh well, it's still a great album. And besides, if you really want that track but you don't want to hunt down the single, it's on most of the band's hits compilations.
Overall, this is one hell of an album that is more than worthy of the praise it has been given so often over the years. I wouldn't necessarily call this the band's best album - they have so many excellent albums that it's hard to select an overall best. If you're a fan of eighties heavy metal, do not hesitate to add Love At First Sting to your collection.