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  • Released in 1980, this is the first album to totally feature Matthias Jabs as the 2nd guitarist. This is a true classic heavymetal album! From the Hipgnosis cover of a woman kneeling in front of a man (who has a beer in one hand and his other hand in his back jeans pocket) you can pretty much guess that this is going to be an album about women kneeling in front of men, but it really is an album of songs in which the guy is made to kneel and grovel for the woman! Ahh, the Scorpions! Here are my ratings of the songs based out of 5 *****:
    Make It Real – A guitar rif opening which gives way to a chugging tempo. Some fine bass work from Francis and great guitar exchanges from Mathias and Rudolf. Tempo could almost be considered ballad style and Journey could do no better. A great postive tune about striving for your dreams! Lets hope its still in the live set. Rating – *****
    Don’t Make No Promises (Your Body Can’t Keep) – Starts out fast and furious and changes tempo when the lyrics start to a surging beat. A song about lust. Some terrific bass playing from Francis and as always great guitar solos. A terrific song. A classic metal tune. Rating – *****
    Hold Me Tight – A slow, churning guitar, drums, then bass opening. Klaus sings great on this one! I love his voice. Instantly recognizable. A bluesy feel to this song. Rating – ****
    Twentieth Century Man – A mid-tempo song with great lyrics by Klaus. I really like this song. Not your typical ‘I want sex, give it to me now’ song. “The world’s devoted to the Dollar-sign.” Not much has changed since then Klaus. rating – ****
    Lady Starlight – The ballad of the album. Klaus sure can sing these. What emotion and conviction he sings with! Who better to sing a ballad than Klaus? A song of longing and love with a fine string section accompianing Klaus. A terrific guitar solo from Rudolf – Rating – ****
    Falling In Love – This song recevied substantial air play during the early ’80s. A simple guitar intro gives way to a drum and bass pounding tempo. Some great guitar work on display. Klaus hits some of his highest notes on this song. A fantastic metal song, a true classic! Nearly perfect. Herman Rarebell wrote some of the greatest songs in the Scorpions catalogue, this is one of them! Rating – *****
    Only A Man – A Queen like opening of only Klaus singing without accompianment leads into one of the finest hardock songs done by the Scorpions. A surging guitar and bass tempo with Klaus singing “Now you now how I feel. Nothing is real.” As usual, you get great guitar solos. Classic song – Rating- *****
    The Zoo – This song also received alot of airplay during its time. A great guitar intro followed by drums which turn into a real slow, surging elephant pounding tempo. Heavy bass from Francis. A bluesy type song. More explosive guitar solos from the menacing axe duo of Rudolf and Mathias. The Peter Frampton “voice air-guitar” that was real popular in the 70’s is also heard on this song. A great hard rock song about sex – rating – *****
    Animal Magnetism – A hypnotic guitar and drum opening – sort of like “Kashmire” by Led Zep. Great singing by Klaus and guitar playing by the solo twins turns another inane song about sex into a fantastic hard rock tune. Only the Scorpions could have a whole album devoted to sex and make it a classic! Rating – ****
    The cover of the album insinuates sex and that is what this album delivers. A strong heavy metal album with sexual overtones and in your face ball wagging by the greatest sexmetal band ever! Overall,a classic metal album that should definitely be part of your collection!

    Posted on February 18, 2010