Scorpions - Humanity - Hour 1
"Humanity - Hour 1" is a concept record based on the classic "Terminator" theme of a civil war between humans and robots. The only hope of survival is to reclaim the humanity of mankind.

Desmond Child is co-author of the concept and overall the new Scorpions record has Desmond Child all over it. Desmond Child has produced the album with James Michael and co-wrote all songs except for one.

By all means this is a different Scorpions record. The classic Meine/Schenker compositions are nowhere to be found. All songs are written with at least 2 co-writers and only one Scorpions member has been involved in the song writing for each song. Furthermore the duo Child/Michael has provided Scorpions with a fresh modern sound and each song is hook-laden, which makes the album a strong unit with several highlights.

The album opens with my least favorite Hour 1- the dark vibe of the song understates the caution of robots are about to eliminate human beings. From then on the record produces 11 hits. The highlights are Game Of Life, which has same feel as Bad Boys Running Wild/Big City Nights. We Were Born To Fly is a perfect cross of classic Scorpions and their new up-dated sound. The great acoustic driven ballad Love Will Keep Us Alive is a candidate for "Gold Ballads vol. 2".

The album closes with four unique tracks that see Scorpions disguised as a contemporary Hard Rock band. If it wasn't for Klaus Meine“s characteristic voice I wouldn't have guessed that Scorpions were behind these songs. Your Last song sounds like a summer hit with a soaring melody line. Cross is an up-tempo rocker with guest performance from Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins (another surprise). The epic Humanity closes the album in an emotional way since it has several layers and atmosphere to it.

There are lots of big choruses on the record. The guitars are heavy, full, modern and the riffs are fresh. However, nothing of this would work if Scorpions didn't succeed in making it sound like Scorpions. Despite being wrapped up in big pompous arrangements, the songs are so well written, structured and performed that it makes "Humanity - Hour 1" the best Scorpions album since "Crazy World".

Big songwriters like James Michael, Marti Frederiksen, Andreas Carlsson and Hooters“Eric Bazillan has helped Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs and Rudolf Schenker in giving Scorpions new blood. The record is a bit similar to Paul Stanley“s latest "Live to Win" and several of the same songwriter who helped re-launch Paul Stanley also worked on this record.

Kudos to a band, who manages to reinvent themselves after 15 studio albums and 35 years in the business.

Written by Michael
Monday, July 9, 2007
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Comment by ThraX (Member) - Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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Great review and reference to the Paul Stanley album as they do both have the same type of feel!.....8/10

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Comment by Jarkko Kyntäjä (Anonymous) - Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Best Scorpions-record after Crazy World in 1990. Yes it is. Unbreakable was good and almost what Scorpions needed at that time, this is way better. Maybe Scorpions should stick with Desmond Child & Co for the rest of their career, if results are in this league. As a long time fan, ca 1983->, this record with Unbreakable is like a new dawn for me. 8/10

Comment by metalman (Anonymous) - Saturday, July 14, 2007
i didnt like it

Comment by Jules (Anonymous) - Saturday, July 14, 2007
A fair review, Michael, and i agree with your score for the album. This album is utterly infectious - though not like disease - in a good way. It reminds me of a time when listening to a new Scorpions album for the first time was a major event. However, I don't wish to compare what the album is like in relation to previous triumphs as every Scorps album has its merits.

Comment by scorpon_girl (Anonymous) - Thursday, August 2, 2007
scorpions made the most beautiful music. . . . .

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A really great album; after a few months it`s still fresh and catchy.

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This one had a little bit different sound than most Scorpions albums but in my opinion, it is their best album since Crazy World.

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1. Hour 1
2. Game Of Life
3. We Were Born To Fly
4. Future Never Dies
5. You're Lovin' Me To Death
6. 321
7. Love Will Keep Us Alive
8. We Will Rise Again
9. Your Last Song
10. Love Is War
11. Cross
12. Humanity

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