by Scorpions
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The Scorpions' latest studio outing comes on the heels of their triple-disc career retrospective, Box of Scorpions. For fans who view that box set's third disc -- mostly material from the mid- to late '90s -- as a meandering collection of wince-inducing ballads and orchestral experiments gone awry, their latest offering should come as a huge relief. Their celebrated talents for big licks, bigger choruses, and simple lyrics about world unification and "rocking you" are remarkably well executed on Unbreakable, their 20th studio album. The production strikes a winning balance between mid-'80s excess and tight nu-metal guitar, resulting in one of the heavier records they've done in quite some time. Singer Klaus Meine's voice has aged gracefully, retaining the raucous snarl that fueled hits like "No One Like You," while attaining a rich, fully rounded cadence on the beautiful new ballad "Maybe I Maybe You." Unbreakable was recorded live in the studio, and it shows on the brutal standouts "Love 'Em or Leave 'Em" and "Borderline" -- the latter being one of the more inventive and memorable of their career. The record acts as a bridge between hard rock generations, and is perhaps the first step in handing over their legacy to the myriad of young bands that have basked in the veteran group's light for so long, but if they continue to make records as lively and skilled as this, that transfer could be a long time coming.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0060768470026
catalogNumber: 84700

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scorpions   Primary Artist
Matthias Jabs   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar,Voice Box
James Kottak   Drums,Background Vocals
Klaus Meine   Vocals,Background Vocals
Koen VanBaal   Keyboards
Paul Maciwoda   Bass
Barry Sparks   Bass,Guest Appearance
Ralph deJongh   Background Vocals
Alex Jansen   Background Vocals
Jody's Kids Choir   Vocals
Ingo Powitzer   Bass,Guest Appearance
Rudolf Schenker   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist

Technical Credits

Scorpions   Arranger
Eric Bazilian   Composer
Matthias Jabs   Composer
Christian Kolonovits   Composer
James Kottak   Composer
Klaus Meine   Composer
Erwin Musper   Producer,Engineer
Koen VanBaal   keyboard arrangements
Francisco Ruiz   Drum Technician
Anoushirvan Rohani   Composer
Peter Kirkman   Guitar Techician
Matthias Liebetruth   Drum Technician
Nitzan Hoffman   Recall Engineer
Ingo Powitzer   Guitar Techician
Andy Setter   Drum Technician
Rudolf Schenker   Composer

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