SCORPIONS — Animal Magnetism

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Album · 1980

Filed under Heavy Metal
By SCORPIONS

Tracklist

1. Make It Real (3:49)
2. Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep) (2:58)
3. Hold Me Tight (3:59)
4. Twentieth Century Man (3:05)
5. Lady Starlight (6:16)
6. Falling In Love (4:12)
7. Only A Man (3:36)
8. The Zoo (5:31)
9. Animal Magnetism (5:58)

Total Time 39:26

Line-up/Musicians

- Klaus Meine / Vocals
- Rudolf Schenker / Guitars
- Matthias Jabs / Guitars
- Francis Buchholz / Bass
- Herman Rarebell / Drums

- Allan Macmillan / conducting (track 5)
- Adele Arman / violin (track 5)
- Victoria Richard / violin (track 5)
- Paul Arman / viola (track 5)
- Richard Arman / cello (track 5)
- Charles Elliot / bass (track 5)
- Melvin Berman / oboe (track 5)
- George Stimpson / French horn (track 5)
- Brad Wamaar / French horn (track 5)

About this release

31 March 1980
Harvest, EMI, Mercury

Reissued in 2001 with the following bonus track:

10. Hey You (4:29)

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Unitron
The sound of Animal Magnetism is often what I first think of when I think of the Scorpions. Even though Taken By Force beats this by a little bit as my favorite from them, Animal Magnetism just has a unique sound and atmosphere that is just pure pre-power balled Scorps. It blends the big and loud sound of 80's metal with this real dark and seedy atmosphere. It makes me feel like I'm walking in some shifty alleyway where there's no telling what goes bump in the night. Meanwhile I'm being serenaded by Klaus Meine's absolutely sublime melodies and the beautiful guitar harmonies and pumped up riffs.

The fast jams like Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep) are an absolute blast to listen to, especially with the fistful-of-power sound of Herman Rarebell's drums, but a lot of the album relies on this thumping plod that's brought to life by Francis Buchholz's real deep bass sound. It's no more apparent than on the final two songs The Zoo and the title track. Ever since first listening to these guys years and years ago, The Zoo's always been an absolute favorite. The whole song balances melody with this dark swaggering march of a hook, and Only a Man does as well and takes the cake as my top favorite on the album.

Though when it comes to foreboding and absolutely massive sounding, the finale title track takes the cake. I remember when I first heard this song when I first spun the vinyl for the entire album, and what an ending. I never knew anyone could make a song about sex sound so fucking threatening, but it is darkly beautiful and almost has a meditative quality.

Few other albums blend beautiful melody with a lumbering darkness as good as this.

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