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Scorpions - Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads album review

Masters of power-ballad cheesiness

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Nobody delivers a power ballad quite like the Scorpions, as this compilation proves. Yes, some of the songs are incredibly cheesy, but so what? That’s the allure of this type of song. With Always Somewhere to Still Loving You, Wind Of Change (inevitably) and Holiday and the rest the band have always done it with such conviction and style that you have to admire their achievements.

Not all of the tracks here come from their original source. There are two MTV Unplugged versions, and in the case of Send Me An Angel it’s a 2017 acoustic rendition. There also two new songs, Melrose Avenue and Always Be With You proving they haven’t lost their touch.

There is an argument to suggest that an album full of just ballads lacks variety. However, that shouldn’t deter anyone from getting hold of this 17-tracker, because it will make you smile, and smirk!

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.