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Scorpions are a band that even if you're more into classic rock than metal, you've probably heard of. They're the guys behind "Rock You Like A Hurricane", and lesser known hits like "No One Like You" or "Big City Nights". Some of their other hits, like the ballad, "Wind of Change" are found on this album, "Crazy World". While it's an album that has many hints of the last release, "Savage Amusement", I must say it's a huge improvement from it.
Yeah, sure, there's the ballad "Wind of Change", but that's actually one of the better ballads in existence, what very few there are. Light guitars? Check. Sweet sounding hook? Check. Whistling? Check. Subject matter that relates to the fall of communism that occurred around the time of this album's recording? Okay, that might be optional for ballads, but hey, let's go with it, it sounds great! Yep, that's one of the big reasons why this album isn't categorized as just another syrupy love song, 'cos that's just what it's not. It's actually supposed to be a more joyous song about the end of communist oppression in East Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall rather than the usual subject matter of breakups and heartbreak. There's also the other ballad "Send Me an Angel", which is more of a haunting and gloomy rather than glossy and sugary. It's another ballad that's actually more tolerable, as opposed to "Believe in Love" from the previous release, which was just pretentious and dumb.
Yes, we do get some of that hard rockin' aggression that we're all familiar with. My personal favorite track on here is "Hit Between the Eyes", a song that's a more fast and driving beat and a rugged guitar hook. We really didn't get much of that on "Savage Amusement" (although "Love on the Run" was kinda fast). There's also "Don't Believe Her" which has the same pounding tempo as "Rock You Like a Hurricane", and a pretty catchy chorus too. Usually when there are catchy choruses, they can be irritating, but here, it's more pleasing to listen to, since it's not so bright and peppy. It's got more of an angry and desperate tone to it, which actually makes it cool to listen to, even if it does manage to stick in your head for a little while. "To Be with You in Heaven" is a more radio-friendly song, but it's played in the key of F, a very solemn key that not a whole lot of pop songs use. Despite its radio-friendliness, it's actually a pretty decent song, all things considered. It's unconventional key of F tone creates a dramatic atmosphere instead of having an upbeat and goofy sound which would otherwise make it asinine.
Speaking of asinine, we're not totally free of songs that would qualify as such. There's also some radio-friendly songs that would've made effective, if not moronic, singles had they not been dumped in the filler category. "Tease Me, Please Me", unfortunately, is not one of those songs. It was released as a single, and man is it completely idiotic! If the song's title alone wasn't enough to turn you away, the chorus, obvious topic of sex, and bright and goofy tone most likely will. That's the kind of song you'd expect Poison to come up with; a song tailor-made to be the next pop hit. "Kicks After Six" is an even more annoying song. The utterly ridiculous lyrics of a rebellious chick escaping the norm comes as absolutely no surprise due to the song's happy tone. If these songs were released any earlier than 1987, it'd be a surefire way of making your album a dated piece of the 80's that even Motley Crue would call pathetic.
All in all, "Crazy World" isn't so much of a crazy world after all, but it does seem to try hard to be so. In some instances it falls flat on its face and in others, it exceeds. It's definitely not a fantastic album, but for a Scorpions fan, it's a must-have for his/her collection due to those songs that made it (somewhat) famous.
Scorpions had been around for a while before they released what would become one of their most successful albums, and arguably their last great album, Crazy World. They had a lot of good bluesy albums in the 70s with Uli Jon Roth in the fold, and following his departure began making albums that shifted further away from a blues influence and focused on straight hard rock, producing classics such as "Rock You like a Hurricane". This musical direction culminated in this 1990 release, which has proved itself as a vital hard rock / traditional metal release, nothing more, nothing less.
This album features all the elements you would expect in a successful rock album: memorable catchy choruses (particularly "Tease Me, Please Me" and "Send Me an Angel", featuring lyrics that stick in your mind for a good while even after just one or two listens"), powerful riffs and melodies, and energetic vocals (You've got to love vocalist Klaus Meine's German accent) and the band utilises these very well and lets the listener in for a treat. Production wise it isn't too different from many of the hard rock and heavy metal albums being released in the late 80s and early 90s, meaning it sounds more polished than raw and gritty, but this isn't a bad thing. I must single out the sound of Herman Rarebell's drums for praise, as they manage to sound hard-hitting and stay sounding polished at the same time; you can hear every drum being hit very audibly, and they give off quite a heavy, anthemic vibe with a nice slight reverberant touch.
Regardless of anyone's stance on the polished production of the 80s and early 90s, the strength of the material itself is the important thing here. The band members were in their mid 30s-early 40s at the time, and this album showcases a slightly more mature Scorpions than what fans were greeted with in the past. The artwork is non-controversial, the lyrics don't attempt to be too outrageous, with the band seemingly choosing to focus more on honing their musical skill and further fine-tuning their sound, and beneath the standard upbeat hard rock numbers such as "Tease Me, Please Me", "Don't Believe Her" and "Kicks After Six", you can find more sentimental, heartfelt songs such as "To Be With You In Heaven", "Wind of Change" (which is a definite strong point of the album and was a big hit for the band, featuring whistles from Klaus Meine and lyrics that celebrate the end of the Cold War), and the closing track "Send Me An Angel" complete with a backing choir as well as strings.
The latter track serves as an emotional goodbye, in a way, to the band's commercial heyday and 'classic' era as they decided to move on and experiment with their sound for a while after this album, with mixed results. However, Crazy World stands as a brilliant example of what this German quintet are capable of. On the surface, it may just seem like just another early 1990s hard rock album with polished production, but if you dig deeper, you will find much to enjoy about it, whether it be the melodies, the vocals, the guitars, the drums etc; the band's musicianship is something that simply cannot be denied. Crazy World is one of the band's greatest achievements and most entertaining listens, and deserves a righteous place in the collection of any rock and/or metal fan.
Despite the fact that they’re Germany’s best-selling musical export, metal, rock or otherwise, there’s a surprisingly meager amount of reviews for their stuff on this site. And it seems like half of them can be credited to myself and saintinhell. No justice whatsoever for such a great band. Well…make that a once-great band, as it’s around their eleventh studio album Crazy World that I stopped buying their records and started borrowing/downloading them, simply because the quality of their releases started to decline.
As the last reviewer so justly put it, “Wind of Change” is the album’s only selling point. A touching Klaus Meine ballad about the fall of the Berlin wall (a subject that surely hit close to home, so to speak), it is hands down the band’s finest softer moment and maybe one of the best power ballads of all time. It’s endearingly simple, but little touches, like the whistling and the half-measure in the verses, make it an absolute winner in my book.
The rest? Well, the rest is the Scorpions playing “heavy metal” to the MTV crowd. The same generic rockers that began creeping into the band’s albums around Animal Magnetism and began filling them around Savage Amusement are the order of the hour. It’s still a pretty catchy album, but that doesn’t say a whole hell of a lot. After all, Ratt was catchy, weren’t they? Actually this sounds like Ratt at times (“Don’t Believe Her”), while its just Scorpions-style hair metal at others. Riffs here and there stick out, such as that “To Be With You in Heaven” verse thing, but there’s no depth to these songs. Guitar solos are trivial, songwriting is butt-simple, and Klaus barely registers a pulse on these lifeless tracks. This becomes more unfortunate in light of the band embracing the new CD format, meaning that there’s fifteen to twenty minutes more filler than on their earlier albums.
One of the only nice things about Crazy World in regards to some of the other albums of this period is the production, which displays perhaps the fullest Scorpions sound ever. Some say it’s a bit overproduced, citing the ballad “Send Me an Angel” as example, but it’s still one of the most even recordings in their catalogue. Tracks on the heavier end like “Restless Nights” get a bit more clarity than they would have otherwise. If only they weren’t so boring.
Energy, or more specifically the lack of it, is the main problem here. Had the Scorps done more than simply uphold the status quo, many of these songs could have overcome their own mediocrity and stood as highlights of the era rather than forgettable afterthoughts. Check out “Wind of Change” for sure, but be wary about the remainder.
It's 1990, the Berlin Wall fell down one year earlier, and this was the inspiration of Klaus Meine to write one of the biggest songs in rock history, not just the Scorpions history. In fact "Wind of Change" is a true masterpiece, the anthem of that great band called Scorpions, and I love to hear it very often. It's a song that makes me cry of emotion.
But the rest of this album is far from reaching the level of that classic, almost every song is suffering the "Savage Amusement" syndrome, that is, a more commercial, popish sound, leaving their 70's rocker music aside. I take this moment from which the Scorpions after started to fall until they reached the bottom in 1999.
There are some highlights here, I like "To Be With You In Heaven" or "Hit Between the Eyes", this one has a little of aggressiveness that, unfortunately, is very rare in this work. The last songs make my choice for the worst content: annoying, dense, uninspired, boring. "Send Me an Angel" doesn't manage to keep my interest, it's not the gem that everybody says. Nevertheless, I like that song performed with the philharmonic.
It would be unfair, however, not mentioning the performance of Klaus Meine, who tries to put the best of him in this work, especially in "Wind of Change", although his effort here cannot be compared to the previous releases until "Love at First Sting".
Conclusion: this album was a huge success, more than anything, due to "Wind of Change". But I think it was too overrated, and I would recommend to the Scorpions' fans first to listen at the most, until "Blackout" or "Love at First Sting" (don't forget their 70's material). And of course, their last work "Humanity - Hour I". Get "Wind of Change", but as much as possible, try to avoid listening all this album.