There are two ways to look at this album. While many fans might be disappointed with the lack of hard rock expected, some of the Scorpions' best songs ever haunt this album. After getting the listener's attention with the rowdy "Wild Child" and dramatic "But the Best for You," Pure Instinct mellows out and displays the Scorpions' maturity in composing and songwriting from such songs as "Does Anyone Know," "Soul Behind the Face" and "When You Came into My Life." Although some might find it boring, the album speaks with certain emotions the Scorps haven't expressed for many years, which is especially absent from the album Face the Heat. While it may not be as much a rock album as many fans would have hoped for, it is still an album that can be very worthwhile.
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AllMusic Review by Barry Weber