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Review of the Album "Animal Magnetism" by German Rock Band Scorpions

Updated on October 27, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

"Animal Magnetism" is Known for the Title Track

Animal Magnetism is the 1980 studio album by German rock band Scorpions. Animal Magnetism has the famous title track which was covered by Texas band Helstar in 2010. I have never been able to listen to the original version of the song in its entirety because of the weirdness and slowness of the song in some respects but will it happen this time? It sure did happen a few nights ago so we are headed towards the covering of an album that is more than 40 years old.

"Animal Magnetism" is a song that builds up slowly before the main riffing section greets our ears and in February 2019 when I first started reviewing this album, I had no idea what to expect since this one is still one of their earlier albums.


How Does "Animal Magnetism" Begin?

"Make It Real" is the first song of this album and the song’s message is that we should set goals that are realistic and not based on fantasy. Our intuition is sometimes our best guidance system that tells us that we should go in a certain direction and to do what we feels right for us. Some people literally gamble with their lives and take that chance. Do they succeed? Some people gamble and do succeed while others gamble and do not succeed. However, in terms of writing and freelance especially I would not call it a gamble but an opportunity to demonstrate your talents.

A Special Comment About Animal Magnetism the Title Track

This review wouldn’t be enough without discussing the title track Animal Magnetism. The song has an eerie, slow start to it as the song is about making love, and love is what most of us seek in our lives as companionship is a basic human need. The song basically describes someone that craves the physical aspect of a relationship as a way to make love all night.

"Animal Magnetism" Song

There Are Other Good Songs On the Album "Animal Magnetism"

The title track is only one part of the album. Don’t Make No Promises (Your Body Can’t Keep) what a long song title is a song about someone that is walking down the street and he meets a girl that he thinks is neat. But she ignores him at first. The next night she shows up at a show and offers to take him home with her. Sometimes the offer or lure of sex can lead to consequences too serious to even imagine.

How Are the Rest of the Songs On "Animal Magnetism?"

"Hold Me Tight" is yet another rock song dedicated to the common emotion and feeling: love. But lyrically, the song turns to the rock star attitude of playing rock and roll and sometimes rock and roll for some musicians takes priority over love and romance. "Twentieth Century Man" is a song that makes a great point because one line in the lyrics stands out to me specifically. And that lyrical line addresses the fact that the world puts priority on the dollar sign as love and romance seem to be harder to find. Computers and video have made our lives easier in some aspects but there has been an increase in the divorce rates and broken families in the United States. The rise of technology comes at a price however. "Lady Starlight" is a beautiful acoustic ballad song about someone reminiscing about his lover whom he knew could not stay with him and she had to depart. Whether you are walking through winter nights or remembering summer nights, you wish that you could be with your departed lover again. "Falling in Love" returns to the hard rock style that Scorpions have been known for as the song lyrically describes someone that seems to fall in love every day but then he thinks that people are deceiving him. What is going on with him? Is he a journey man that seems to find just brief glimpses of love? This is one of the weaker songs in Animal Magnetism. Overall, Animal Magnetism is a very good hard rock album by one of the best German bands in the history of heavy metal. The highlights of this album are the title track, Make it Real, Hold Me Tight and Lady Starlight.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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