Released while Scorpions were still on their farewell world tour, Comeblack features the iconic German rockers delivering newly recorded versions of some of their most popular songs. “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Rhythm of Love,” and others are still as good as ever, but the new versions freshen up these classic songs, sweetening the sound so they’re bigger than their ‘80s counterparts. The album is more than just a re-recorded greatest-hits collection, though, as it also features the bandmembers looking back at some of their influences with covers of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Kinks. Standing out among the covers, however, are their massive, hard-rocking versions of the T. Rex classic “Children of the Revolution” and Gloria Jones' (and later Soft Cell’s) “Tainted Love.” More than anything else, the album feels like Scorpions are just trying to have some fun on their way out the door, and as far as “goodbye” albums go, you can’t ask for much more than that.
by Gregory Heaney