After three years of studio absence, the legendary Scorpions
come back with a new release. Humanity Hour 1
(Humanity Hour One) is the band's 21st
album and if you're expecting little music maturity, prepare to get your socks knocked off.
The album is a conceptual album, the theme being a battle between human and robots. It vaguely appears throughout the songs, but somewhere between the stunningly fitting vocals, the heavy metal drive and the catchiness of the tunes, you care less about it.
The width of album is quite admirable, James Michael & Desmond Child (Producers) managed to make vastly diverse without compromising it's honesty. At times it gets excessively pop-like, but easily picks up the pace in songs like "321
" & "You're Lovin' Me To Death
" where the hard European guitar tones take over.
Almost half the songs in the album are rock ballads, and the other half is a mix of slowed down heavy metal, classic hard rock and fusions of a few things. One would think that after almost 40 years of throaty rock singing, Klaus Meine
's voice would sound naturally lesser than expected, but the unnaturally unexpected hits and the performance in the songs are immaculate. The guitars tunes are great, but the tones are somewhat unremarkable, and the solos are good, but there's nothing special in them as well.
" features Billy Corgan (of Smashing Pumpkins
) and there are a few other features and contributions, none of which are compellingly noteworthy. What is noteworthy however, is the news about this being the band's last album. Klaus in the last track, the "Humanity
" (very epic track), keeps repeating 'Goodbye' a lot. If indeed the news turn out to be true, then this is such a dramatic way to end the life of probably the best Hard Rock band alive.
This is really worth finding. Listen to it.