ARTIST:

SCORPIONS

(GERMANY)
TITLE:

ROCK BELIEVER

(2022)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, High-pitched vocals, Old School
"With "Rock Believer", Scorpions sign an unexpected return to business and maybe its best album since "Crazy World"."
NOISE (25.02.2022)  
5/5
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Scorpions continues to defy time: 50 years after their debut, they are back with their 19th album. To last is one thing, but if on stage the band remains relevant, it is not the same in studio. "Retun To Forever" was mediocre and apart from "Humanity: Hour 1" the band hasn't offered anything decent for a long time. In these conditions, the arrival of "Rock Believer" leaves one doubtful - it's hard to believe that Scorpions can get out of their torpor. However, there are signs that give hope: the arrival of Mikkey Dee on drums has energized the band, while the duo Meine/Schenker composed without outside intervention and did not go looking for old worn-out demos. As for the cover, a wink to "Lovedrive" and "Blackout", it suprises and even excites the curiosity.

While we could have expected a federative rock track to open the record, Scorpions throws with 'Gas In The Tank' a missile, in a melodic heavy style bringing back to the beginning of the 80s. Meine is in great shape, the chorus is powerful and the riffs and soli are energetics. With 'Roots In My Boots' and 'Knock' Em Dead', the band confirms its return to the sound of "Blackout" and "Lovedrive". The energy deployed sticks to the wall with high-flying choruses, burning solos with a remarkable melodic strength.

After this muscular beginning, Scorpions continues its rejuvenation cure. 'Rock Believer' and 'Peacemaker' are two hits between hard rock and metal close to the spirit of the recent albums, but the energy is a hundred times superior in the powerful choruses as in the soli. 'Shining On Your Soul' brings Scorpions back to the spirit of the 70's, showing a certain closeness with 'Is There Anobdy There?' for the reggae passage and an airy side full of feeling, a huge chorus and a tone worthy of the Uli Jon Roth era. 'Seventh Sun' is in the same spirit, not far from 'China White' and with a very strong melancholic tone through a remarkable chorus.

The lesson is not over. 'Hot And Cold' and 'Call Of The Wild' are bathed in the heavy vintage spirit of 'Animal Magnetism', showing a nice balance between power and melody. 'When I Lay My Bones To Rest' seduces with its 70's hard speed tone full of freshness. Finally, the ballad 'Call Of The Wild' concludes the album with a melancholic tone very appropriate.

With "Rock Believer", Scorpions sign an incredible return to business, one of the most successful in a long time, like a "best of" of its golden age and without any doubt its best album since "Crazy World".


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Gas In The Tank
02. Roots in My Boots
03. Knock 'em Dead
04. Rock Believer
05. Shining of Your Soul
06. Seventh Sun
07. Hot and Cold
08. When I Lay My Bones to Rest
09. Peacemaker
10. Call of the Wild
11. When You Know (Where You Come From)

LINEUP:
Klaus Meine: Chant / Guitares
Matthias Jabs: Guitares
Mikkey Dee: Batterie
Pawel Maciwoda: Basse
Rudolf Schenker: Chant / Guitares
   
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KINGEDDIE
06/03/2022
 
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@thierryam
Dans cet album Scorpions fait surtout du "Scorpions des années 80 "mais je n'ai pas repéré d'analogie avec Highway Star...on peut reprocher beaucoup de choses à la bande de Klaus Meine mais "copier" le style d'un autre groupe c'est pas leur truc...et pour finir, le dernier Deep n'est vraiment pas fameux ( pour rester zen !), quand à la prestance scénique, les Allemands sont un cran au dessus...
THIERRYAM
05/03/2022
 
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0
Bonjour
Il y aura toujours les Mozart et les Salieri.
Quand on pompe (mal) Highway Star de Deep Purple (1972) dans Gas in the Tank (2022), cela en dit long sur la créativité de ce groupe.
La simple comparaison de ces deux titres me semble de nature à remettre chacun à sa place.
TONYB
03/03/2022
  0
Mais il est sacrément bon cet album ! Bien vitaminé grasse à une belle section rythmique. Et cerise sur le gâteau, le retour de la ballade qui tue ('When you Know'). Décidément, c'est de nouveau dans les vieux pots ...
CHDECK
27/02/2022
 
1
0
Superbe album et un retour aux affaires inespéré pour ce groupe qui a largement contribué à mon education au Hard Rock à l'aube des 80's
KINGEDDIE
26/02/2022
 
150
1
Très partagé après l’écoute (intégrale) de ce Rock Believer : évidemment la bande à Klaus a tenté de retrouver l’esprit Lovedrive-Blackout-Animal Magnetism et par moments, la magie opère mais c’est sur le « son » que je suis un peu déçu : la production est très calibrée mainstream et le rendu final est très AOR, très loin de la touche Dieter Dirks ( Rip)et donc beaucoup trop sage!
À propos des titres, on a tous repéré les clones de No One like You, de the Zoo, Can’t live without you,Is there anybody there et c’est finalement les autres morceaux qui m’ont le plus emballé, notamment les bonus et l’acoustique..
Cet album de Scorpions c’est un peu comme la Golf GTI des années 80 : à l’époque c’était LA référence ( Deutsche quality), mais 40 ans plus tard,les autres constructeurs proposent des voitures bien plus performantes…bon il reste malgré tout des amateurs ( comme moi !?) de la Golf GTI.. version véhicule de collection..
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