Scorpions is an important part of my life. One of the first cassette tapes I bought as a child was the “Lonesome Crow” at my neighborhood record store. I have seen them on numerous occasions and in the most varied venues (from Tomelloso to a rainy Azkena Rock), I met my wife at another of their events in Lisbon and I asked her to marry me live in Mérida, being the wedding dance the “Always somewhere”. So, sorry, I can’t be objective with the Germans.
With “Rock believer” they make up their nineteenth studio album, after a seven-year hiatus. It’s the first with Mickey Dee on drums and the truth is that you can tell because it hits home perfectly with the hard rock that the Teutons have always practiced. An album that doesn’t offer anything new, nor does it need to, because “Rock believer” sounds like the best works of the eighties, like “Blackout”, with a Klaus Meine with a voice in a state of grace for having turned more than seventy years old, The same thing happens with the prodigious guitars of Rudolph Schenker and Mathias jabs and Pawel Maciwoda’s bass, which at times has more prominence than usual, although we will get to that point later.
The eighteen cuts that make up “Rock believer” start strong with “Gas in the tank”, with strong guitars accompanied by sirens to give way to the inspired voice of Klaus Meine to the rhythm of a happy “hard rock”, from another era, with the facility that the Germans have to create refrains. “Roots in my boots” is somewhat more accelerated and where the improvement with Mickey Dee on drumsticks is noticeable. Another representative cut of the best sound that links perfectly with “Knock ’em dead” that continues to show terrain traveled in the past and that always works for them to change to another of the Scorpions’ specialties such as the mid-tempo that comes with one of the best songs from the Lp, such as the homonymous “Rock believer”, one of those wonderful tunes that all his followers will be (we are) wanting to hear live and sing its beautiful chorus because it is dedicated to the public.
And after a possible future masterpiece, four minutes of excellence puts us off a little bit from the reggae sound of “Shining of your soul” (something they already practiced in the early eighties) although it is by no means a bad composition that continues with the inspired “Seventh sun” with all the musicians shining with their own light. Another major mid-tempo rocker where Maciwoda’s bass has more prominence than usual in Scorpions, which gives it a dark point that improves the song by having the same rhythm (the same thing happens with Mickey Dee’s drums during the more than five minutes and a half. “Hot and cold” is another good sample although it does not offer the surprises of the previous song with the rhythmic base nor does it have the irresistible melody and color of classic rock like “When i lay my bones to rest”, direct and devastating and that perfectly complements the stupendous “Peacemaker” where the resounding touch of bass is added to the six guitars. Another of my favorites and that would close an invented distribution in three acts, in a first part until “Rock believer” , this second and a third that begins with “Call of the wild”, another good mid-tempo although without the power of “Peacemaker” to close the standard version with the ballad “When you know (where you come from)”. away from still lovin g you”, “Send me an angel”, “Always somewhere”, “Holiday” or “Lady starlight”, giving way to the bonus tracks from the De Luxe album with the guitar playing of “Shoot for your heart”, hard rock with the usual Scorpions sound that surpasses “When tomorrow comes” which sounds strange, with a change of record that doesn’t quite fit in an album as markedly old as “Rock believer”. The same thing happens to us with “Unleash the beast”, with which it seems that they have left the experimentation for these last cuts, since giving a current touch the chorus and a good part of the stanzas can even remind us of the Beatles of “Sgt. Pepper”. And leaving the lysergy and entering American rock comes “Crossing borders” which gives way to an acoustic version of “When you know (where you come from)”, an art that usually works in live performances where even Rudolph Schenker takes out a Flying V with box.
In short, perhaps “Rock believer” doesn’t add anything new to what Scorpions has been doing for decades, but this is an album that reminds us of many of the best of the past (even the cover is reminiscent of “Blackout”) and that many fans of the band will like it although, for the same reason, it leaves fertile ground for detractors. But it is that in addition to the good feelings they leave for the legacy jewels like “Rock believer” or “Peacemaker”. That said, I can’t be objective and I’m already looking forward to being with my wife seeing them live remembering past times. Better times.
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