Album review: Scorpions, Love at First Sting (1984)


By Steve Newton

Like heavy metal itself, Germany’s Scorpions just keep getting better and better all the time.

Tunes like “No One Like You” and the title track from the group’s last LP, Blackout, won Scorpions a multitude of fans the world over, but this new record is almost certain to take the band to new heights of popularity among fans of scorching rock.

Personal favourite cuts include “Bad Boys Running Wild”, “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, and “I’m Leaving You”, all of which feature amazingly fast and effective lead-guitarist Matthias Jabs.

Jabs’ scintillating lead licks are the focus of attention for most of the Scorpions’ straight-ahead, piledriving tunes, although Michael Schenker’s brother Rudolf, normally rhythm, handles the lead chores on three of Side Two’s four tracks. His more thoughtful, less frenetic solos are a nice contrast to Jabs’ spiraling, hellbent bursts, and together the two comprise a guitar army with loads of deadly ammunition.

Sound a bit farfetched? Check out Love at First Sting and find out for yourself. And if you enjoy it as much as I do, feel the Scorpions’ sting when they play Vancouver in May.



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