1. Hour I
2. The Game Of Life
3. We Were Born To Fly
4. The Future Never Dies
5. You’re Lovin’ Me To Death
7. Love Will Keep Us Alive
8. We Will Rise Again
9. Your Last Song
10. Love Is War
11. The Cross
Klaus Meine (lv)
Rudolf Schenker (rg)
Matthias Jabs (lg)
Powel Maciwoda (b)
James Kottak (d)
May 29, 2007
On the evening of March 24, VRT and RTBF joined forces to bring the European tv viewers an extraordinary show, called “Stars of Europe”, organised by Belgium and the Brussels Capital Region. Twenty European acts shared the stage to perform in a major concert, which was held at the foot of the Atomium. One of the acts was Scorpions and they seized the opportunity to perform “Humanity”, a track of their upcoming album. I liked it immediately and I suppose I wasn’t the only one. The last couple of weeks I was a regular visitor of Scorpions’ website, where the guys had made sound samples of several of their new songs available and my expectations ran even higher.
Since last Friday I’m the proud owner of a copy of “Humanity – Hour I” and during the long Whit weekend I’ve been playing it over and over again. It’s Scorpions’ 16th studio album to this date and one of their best in a long time, thanks to the excellent teamwork of the band members with some of the best songwriters currently around and not in the least with producers James Michael and Desmond Child. It was the latter who suggested the band it was time to come up with a message again and this time it can be summarized as ‘make love, not war’. The right chemistry between the production team of Michael & Child and the band has brought the best out of Scorpions in quite some time. It’s James Michael’s merit that the guitars and the drums sound so much fatter and richer than on the band’s last albums. Many of the new songs kick off with a heavy, modern guitar riff but end up as classic Scorpions songs, thanks to excellent arrangements and beautiful, singalong choruses. Scorpions did try to sound a bit more modern in the past, but this is the first time it really works. As a matter of fact this is the first album that bridges the old and the new Scorpions the way it should have been done, thanks to Desmond Child who showed the band the right direction. The album is full of rockers and ballads, of which many will end up as future classics. Among my personal favourites are “We Were Born To Fly”, “The Future Never Dies”, “Love Will Keep Us Alive” and – of course – “Humanity”. Available as a digipak, featuring artwork from Child and a bonus DVD (featuring behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, a picture gallery and the bonus audio track “Cold”), this is not only an absolute must for the old fans, but for a lot of new ones as well. This album even surpasses my wildest expectations… (CL
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fantastic album,very catchy songs,i don't know if Desmond Child have something to do with this,i think so!!much better than their last album sott.
Back to their best, what more do you need?
"Unbreakable" was a superb album from the Scorpions and this follows on very nicely, although it doesn't quite hit the same mark. Never the less a fine record from a fine band.
Brilliant release. Scorpions at their very best again! What a song 'We were Born to Fly' is and '321' is a classic anthem which will rock even harder live. Superb and essential.
Desmond is god and the Scorpions are back better than ever - what a fantastic release - songs are great and the production on the disc is fantastic - a great return to fine form - I really hope they don't hang it up after this release.
Hard Rock Guru
Best Scorpions album since Crazy World. Definitely a contender for album of the year. Desmond Child put them in the right track again. Must have album.
I think everybody's on the same level 'bout this one, WORLDCLASS !!! What a team; James Michael and Desmond Child. Not only did they a great job on this one, they also gave Paul Stanley and Meatloaf a fresh treat last year. Both the alltime class and a modern touch is combined on all these acts. I say for these rockers it's worked out for the best possible result, yeah why not, (possible) album of the year !
First of all a declaration. This is a brilliant album.
However, allow me to begin in reverse. They were heard several negative opinions about Scorps new release, such as:
1. modern guitars sound and limited guitar solos
2. mid-tempo rhythms
3. lack of passion, power & rock attitude
4. too many exterior composers.
Making a travel back in time, we reach the period of “Crazy World” which was their largest commercial success. From that time since “Unbreakable’ (2004), a release that had its moments, we discover that the mighty Scorpions were maintained by their legend of 70’s & 80’s mainly. The orientation of the band was vague, so consequently the result was uncertain and feeble. All these happened up to now, because 2007 was proved to be a year for their, long expected, renaissance. Two right decisions were finally taken: the return to their old virtues (but not nostalgically) plus the entrusting of the production to the “wizard”, Desmond Child. These 2 factors, combined with a mixture of traditional & and modern elements, they completed a great album: “Humanity Hour 1”.
Instead of spoiling the homogeneity, the exterior composers ensure for it, because each song has an individual character without disturbing the cohesion of the album. Besides this, we haven’t heard Meine’s voice so fresh for a long time.
There are certain songs that distinguish, but the most significant characteristic is the absence of fillers. We couldn’t claim that for a lot of releases in nowadays. I imagine that you all agree. It belongs to the top 5 of 2007 and in my opinion will be a criterion for hard rock category in the years that will follow. A buy or die release!
It's true... the Scorpions have definitely released their best album for many a year! whatever your favorite period was, I think most people will agree that this album is a real return to form. Personally not since the release of 'Savage Amusement' have I been so pleased with a Scorpions album. With Desmond Child in charge of production duties this release is littered with radio friendly rock tunes and big ballads, that are true to the producers pedigree; catchy and to the point, with the uncanny knack of being able to pop up in your head unannounced. The album starts with 'Hour 1' a modern sounding track that sounds fairly out of place on this record. 'The Game Of Life' follows next and gives you a better reflection of what the album as in store. Each track is similar in tempo and even the excellent '321' which starts off with a gritty intro, soon evolves into another catchy as hell song. Even my missus (who isn't a rock music fan) admitted she liked this record, and that sums this album up...if this type of music was played on the radio and fashionable, this album would hold half a dozen singles and sell millions. The album closes with the three strongest tracks on offer 'Love Is War', 'The Cross' & 'Humanity' what a finale and what a release! brilliant! p.s. don't forget to check out the DVD bonus track 'Cold' another gem!
The Scorpions return with their best album since "Crazy World"! This new album is the most mature and consistent they 've made in a period of 15 years .After the interesting-but not completely succesful-experiment of "Eye To Eye" ,"Unbreakable" got the Scorpions right back on their hard rockin' roots.The new album "Humanity-Hour 1" , with the collaboration of Desmond Child and James Young, has enough strong material that it should do well for the band and could even garner a comeback with the right effort.There is a strong combination of heavy , modern riffs with brilliant melodies and excellent choruses.
"The Game OF Life" and "We Were Born To Fly" are two fine examples of this new approach. "The Future Never Dies" follows and is stark ballad that is delivered to near perfection by Klaus Meine. He puts such a yearning passion into his vocal that it sells the song to the listener on an emotional level. The guitar solo's also a total winner. The album continues on with a band that is absolutely been reborn.
"You're Lovin' Me To Death" is without a doubt a hard rock anthem in an Alice Cooper brilliance .As the album progresses the band give us a few more melodic rock songs than I'd prefer considering the quality of the up tempo numbers on this album. "321" has a wicked groove and is another winner with a good chorus that is not easily forgotten as it asks 'Are You Ready To Rock'.
The Scorps have always been able to deliver a ballad and because of their superior ability in that level, the back part of the album is just as strong as the first,just a little softer."The Cross" changes things in a heavier direction with some blistering solos from Matthias Jabs..This album isn't going to rival the bands classics beacause this is a different band today. They are more polished and refined in 2007 than they were in the 70's-80's. The music of now is different and the boys take from the past and utilize the now with an up to date sound and what we get is one of the best albums of this year so far.A really strong comeback with a heartfelt message to carry through the epic closing track :"Our only hope of survival is to reclaim out humanity".
Best album by the Scorps since "Savage Amusement" (1988) Half a star off because of the lousy opening (!) modern song. Otherwise, this is Scorpions/Child/Michaels in worldclass form! The song "Humanity" is just waiting to be a classic.
One of better Scorpions albums!
Very good record. The first 3 songs are a bit average but from that point on the album is absolute top. Also the production is great.
My favorite song is 321.
I thought 'Unbreakable" was the Album of The Year when it was released back in '04. "Humanity-Hour 1" might be the Album of The Year this year. I love the new, modern guitar crunch on the rockers found here as well as the ballads (always thought Scorpions wrote the best rock ballads of any band.) Several songs keep creeping into my head and that's usually a good sign for an album. There might be a couple too many 'slow' songs, but when they're of the quality found on "Humanity' that's O.K. by me. An all-around fanastic release from a fantasic band!
A great great album
Modern sound with typical scorpions touch ... Fantastik !!! Not be missed at Gods Of Metal!!!
the best since way back...Crazy World (1990) record. ballads? we only need one on the next one, but they sure is on the right track again...welcome back "stingers".
don't know about the full 6 stars but the album has some choruses to die for and some good crunchy modern rock riffs. Real top class effort.
A Must Have!!!
Fresh, modern and top quality album!!
Fantastic album with a spot on review :o)
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