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Tease Us, Please Us - 80%

SweetLeaf95, May 18th, 2018

A tease indeed, as Crazy World would prove to be the giant centerpiece of the gradual descend away from traditional heavy metal, as well as be the great divider between the superb classics, and the train-wreck that would be Scorpions's entire career for the rest of the nineties. Of course, the not-so-promising Savage Amusement came before this, so it works as something of a redeemer that won't last, or a tease, if you will. Really though, it's got a large mix of energetic blasts of fun, to cheesy rock kickers, as well as a few ballads. Overall, this would prove to be the last good record until Unbreakable over a decade later.

One of the key factors to making this one fascinating is the ability to utilize build-ups and pass off even the ballads as unpredictable upon first spin. "To Be With You In Heaven" is a really fun track, as it cakes on suspenseful drum beats behind short simple licks with a major tone. The chorus then resolves this with a beautiful vocal delivery that makes for some of the best melody on here. Of course, a bridge and strong solo top this off. This tactic applies to the ballads too. Mainly, the defining one of their career, "Wind Of Change", uses this to the same degree. A stringy soft intro with whistling paired with clean guitars and extracted vocals grabs the ear right in, and finishes with the harder, drum filled chorus. Whether a heavier tune or a soft one, this record nails this concept on the head.

On the flip side, a lot of the heavier moments rely on glamorous topics and admittedly corny lyrics, at times. Unlike what's to come, though, it's pulled off correctly, where there's at least clear passion and it isn't phoned in. "Kicks After Six" along with album opener "Tease Me Please Me" are great examples of this, where much thought isn't required, but nonetheless enjoyable to rock out to. These also make up for some of the filler tracks, as there are definitely a couple that serve little memorability.

Ultimately, Scorpions's brand of heavy metal was becoming obsolete in the year 1990, so change was certainly due, and I don't fault them for that. The issue lies in the wrong approaches that were taken. This one ties that to the classic feel of Love At First Sting, and thankfully doesn't harp on the ghosts of Christmas yet to come too much, as well as practically ignoring the out-of-sequence Savage Amusement.