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Artist: Scorpions

Title: Eye II Eye

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Scorpions Eye II Eye Album Cover


Category: Rock

Year: 1999

Label: Koch Records

Catalog Number: KOC-CD-8052


Klaus Meine vocals
Rudolf Schenker rhythm, acoustic, and lead guitars, sitar, backing vocals
Matthias Jabs lead, rhythm, acoustic, and slide guitars, mandolin
Ralph Rieckermann bass, backing vocals
James Kottak drums, backing vocals
Peter Wolf producer, keyboards


1.  Mysterious  5:28
2.  To Be No. 1  3:57
3.  Obsession  4:09
4.  10 Light Years Away  3:52
5.  Mind Like a Tree  5:34
6.  Eye to Eye  5:04
7.  What U Give U Get Back  5:02
8.  Skywriter  4:55
9.  Yellow Butterfly  5:44
10.  Freshly Squeezed  3:58
11.  Priscilla  3:17
12.  Du Bist So Schmutzig  3:55
13.  Aleyah  4:19
14.  A Moment in a Million Years  3:38
15.  You and I Butcher-radio remix Japanese bonus track  4:00
Total Running Time:  66:52

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Heavy Harmonies Review
From: Dan Date: March 18, 2003 at 1:51
Most middle-aged men, when confronted by a midlife crisis, will opt for a bright shiny red sportscar or a fling with a 20-year-old blond starlet. Unfortunately, the Scorpions decided to release an album instead. This album is destined for failure on all fronts, which is unfortunate, because musically it is not that bad of an album (hey, I'm trying to find *something* positive to say). It is poppy enough to alienate all but the most ardent Scorps fans, and is so blatantly attempting to reach the younger crowd of today, that they're bound to just laugh hysterically.

Track By Track:

  1. Mysterious (5:28). From the outset, one wonders "WTF is going on here?" The drum line is straight off a Backstreet Boys album. The song meanders a bit, but attempts to be a mid-tempo rocker.
  2. To Be No. 1 (3:57). Bronski Beat lives...at least for the first 45 seconds of the song, then breaks into a rocking chorus...and then returns to popville.
  3. Obsession (4:09). Few surprises (thankfully) here. A typical Scorps ballad, the unnerving aspect is the synthdrum line which just screams out that it's out of place. This really is a good track, but that synthdrum really bothers me. Yeeps!
  4. 10 Light Years Away (3:52). Laid back tune. This could have been on Pure Instinct. Not a bad track at all.
  5. Mind Like a Tree (5:34). Welcome to the '90s. Having this track follow the last one is almost a shock to the system. This is considerably heavier, with a '90s vibe running throughout, but still melodic.
  6. Eye to Eye (5:04). Ricky Martin, anyone? Can a song be slow and poppy? Evidently the answer is "yes". The chorus just absolutely SCREAMS vintage Pet Shop Boys....Scorps and PSB? Oy vey.
  7. What U Give U Get Back (5:02). Oh look at the pretty flowers. Isn't that nice? It starts of so syruppy you want to gag, but the chorus is actually pretty good. Slow mid-tempo track.
  8. Skywriter (4:55). After droning through a rather nondescript verse, we get to a chorus which isn't bad, although somewhat Abba-esque. A rather "campy" tune.
  9. Yellow Butterfly (5:44). From campy we jump into the psychedelegrunge that has been popular as of late. This track jumps from lite and fluffy verses to a heavier '90s-style chorus, and back. It doesn't work, and frankly, I couldn't give a crap about Klaus's preoccupation with butterflies.
  10. Freshly Squeezed (3:58). As the title suggests, by this point in the album, my brain is freshly squeezed, not to mention my ears. This track I just find annoying. Maybe you'll hear it in one of the clubs. Ick.
  11. Priscilla (3:17). Take a Beatles-esque triteness lyrically and put it to a '90s beat with Klaus talk-singing much of the verses. The chorus isn't bad, but oy.
  12. Du Bist So Schmutzig (3:55). Oh goody. A song in German. "You are so dirty", for the uninitiated. It starts out a nice soft ditty, and then the chorus jumps into this heavy shouting kinda like a rap wannabe. I think most people can do without this track.
  13. Aleyah (4:19). Alice in Chains, meet Klaus Meine. The chorus at times has promise, but then veers off into grungeville.
  14. A Moment in a Million Years (3:38). Straight-forward ballad. Almost poignant. Strings and piano...thankfully no synthdrum. Actually a decent track.

I wanted to like this album. I can't do it. I suppose if I didn't know the group that released it, I wouldn't be as upset. For a '90s pop/rock album, it's not that bad. For the Scorpions faithful: "Move along folks, nothing to see here...move along folks." It is NOT anything like any previous Scorpions album. If you are considering getting this based on your like of prior Scorps work, I suggest you listen before you purchase.

Aside: Is it just me, or is Klaus Meine starting to look more and more like Danny DeVito?

Rating: 58/100

Existing comments about this CD

From: Dusty Date: July 10, 2001 at 17:05
I was very disapointed with this one it is just not the same Scorpions.I haven't even listened to all of this album.The only song worth listining to is A Moment In A Million Years.This is not rock or metal its crap.

From: Devon Date: July 12, 2001 at 12:59
Just two words for this album. IT SUCKS

From: Rob Date: October 10, 2001 at 11:44
What were they thinking? I used to love the Scorps, but stopped listening with this one.

From: dokken6008 Date: May 31, 2002 at 22:59
Back in the 70's the Scorps sounded like Black Sabbath. In the the 80's the Scorps did their pop metal/melodic hard rock thing. In the 90's the band continually experimented everything from L.A. metal ('Face The Heat'), lighter rock ('Pure Instinct'), and went over the edge with industrial pop on 'Eye II Eye'. Now through the millenium the band has experimented with "unplugging" on their classic songs & has even begun performing with orchestras. A diverse band but I can't say that I like it all.

From: dokken6008 Date: May 31, 2002 at 23:03
Now all the fans (including ME) want to hear the Scorpions rock. No more bullshit. The truth is, none of us that love 'Crazy World', 'Love At First Sting' or 'Savage Amusement' want to hear the Scorpions do techno or anything else besides rock and roll. That's what we want. But it looks like that might just be what the band is planning on doing now. They have reunited with their longtime producer Dieter Derks and are going to work on a new studio album in 2003. This should be very interesting...

From: TYTAN3K Date: August 14, 2002 at 18:47
Dokken, where did you hear this news about Scorps next album? That sounds very promising. Although I truly think they could really put out an awesome metal disc if they hooked up with Roy Z (Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, Halford. Still, cool to hear that they may finally be getting back to rock.

From: dokken6008 Date: August 24, 2002 at 3:26
TYTAN3K-- I got that info from the Scorpions very own official web-site, actually. Yes, it should definitely be interesting. I like your Z suggestion. God knows that the Scorpions could use some more metal in their veins. Derks might do the trick, though, you never know...

From: TYTAN3K Date: August 24, 2002 at 20:15
Went to the site...found this quote from Matthias Jabs: "Our concentration is completely clear with a focus on a new rock album such as Blackout." Niiiiice.

From: no puedo opinar Date: September 5, 2002 at 22:58
no puedo opinar de el disco que no conozco saludos desde mexico

From: koogles Date: October 26, 2002 at 9:57
Sounded like a refreshed band with their eyes on the pop charts. "To Be No. 1" gives away their intentions perhaps. Unfortunately, the world already had a Hanson by this point. This CD was on Koch because that's what it sucked... kock. Nice try guess but what happened to rocking like a hurricane. This rocks like a stale fart.

From: Baris Date: October 30, 2002 at 3:23
This album must be a joke just like the funny video of "To Be Number 1". I don't take serious this childish record and patiently wait for the true Scorpions music in the days to come.

From: Gar Date: January 8, 2003 at 21:09
The only song on this album that even comes close to sounding like classic Scorps is "Priscilla". When I first saw this cd in the store, my first thought was "Why did they put these old guys on the cover?" It took me a few seconds to realize it was a picture of the band! True story.

From: vikingo666 Date: March 12, 2003 at 17:12
esto es scorpions o roxette?

From: Emilio Date: April 4, 2003 at 5:21
Here lies Scorpions R.I.P.

From: GlenRavine Date: April 4, 2003 at 19:57
What happened here. Emilio put it best R.I.P.

From: Emilio Date: April 9, 2003 at 15:06
Aclaración a GlenRavine. This cd stinks

From: SPOTLIGHT Date: May 28, 2003 at 7:23

From: Big Mike Date: June 6, 2003 at 10:21
Yes, this is an interesting release. It is Pop, theres not much that shreads here and when it does it stuffed up by pissy plastic sounding arrangements. The ballads are still good I feel but for rock content, go elsewhere. This is not the scorpions we know but as a pop album has some value.

From: Emilio Date: September 24, 2003 at 8:29
Tras una nueva audición mantengo mi opinión sobre este cd. Es una mierda indigna de este grupo, que conoció tiempos mejores.

From: L.J. Date: September 26, 2003 at 12:07
No doy credito al oir este disco. No es por el estilo, ni por que las canciones puedan o no ser malas...es por la instrumentación; si es que en ocasiones parece que un niño este tocando su organo Casio de juguete. ¡¡¡Parece una broma¡¡¡. En definitiva, una demostración palpable de que los Scorpions no tienen ni idea de usar las "nuevas" tecnologias.

From: JB Date: October 31, 2003 at 13:36
Joder, pues hay temas de puta puta madre como 10 Light Years Away o el super tema ( a mi gusto, claro) What you give, you get back. Por fin tienen un disco diferente y a mi parecer no está mal. Para gustos...

From: Tony BCN Date: January 2, 2004 at 15:48
A mi también me gusta este disco,no es de los mejores pero no es malo para nada.

From: dckiss Date: March 5, 2004 at 17:55
Ok here goes......This is a GREAT! album. But its not "Real" Scorpions album. The songs are well crafted & and the production is good, Obsession had it been arranged a little differently chould have been a power ballad on Savage Amusement. If you are into metal and that is all you listen too then you will hate this album [note reviews above] However if your like me and you like a wide range of music & if [and this is a very big if] you can get past the fact that this is the scorpions, you might

From: Dean Date: March 5, 2004 at 17:58

From: Gar Date: March 6, 2004 at 4:04
Essentially this was an attempt by the Scorpions to make a modern-sounding album. They had been criticized for years for their albums all sounding pretty much the same. What they wound up doing by recording this was alienating their long established fan base, without bringing any new fans into the fold. A flop on every level. I don't mind a band progressing, but the Scorps are way out of their element here. An old dog could really get hurt trying new tricks.

From: AOR freaky Date: March 8, 2004 at 6:53
This is a BIG CRAP release ! AVOID !!!!! Hope these guys come to senses !

From: harry Date: March 9, 2004 at 15:39
If we want Hard Rock bands to play like they did in the 80's, there will be no Hard Rock in the future. This is a great album... Who cares how their other albums sound like!

From: Metal Pete Date: March 10, 2004 at 18:50
um...Harry..WE DO. That's why we are ALL saying this record BLOWS. mmmmkay?

From: CARLOS AS Date: April 10, 2004 at 13:52

From: Motley_69 Date: May 10, 2004 at 14:20
HELL HAST FROZEN OVER!! Unbreakable is here and The Scorpions are back!!! Actually, I really didn't mind this album because it was the first Scorpions album I bought. Now when I say that, please don't think I bought it for the song "To Be No 1" because I HATE that song with a firey passion. The rest of the album really isn't that bad, if you were like myself and heard the Scorpions were this great band, which I heard from so many people, but never heard anything yet. As a result I bought more an

From: motley_69 Date: May 10, 2004 at 14:22
and found out that they had WAY batter albums. Anyway, Unbreakable rules, vintage Scorpions. Everyone buy it!!!

From: Great Dane Date: May 10, 2004 at 14:54
The 'last' Scorpions album was Blackout...........After that they stopped existing. They turned into a comedy,a whistling bunch of clowns. I saw them as a warm up band in 1974 for the Sweet. They were ok. nothing more. later they made 3-4 good albums, not more. they made Blackout which is outstanding...........and then turned into a load of shit.

From: TheRipper Date: May 10, 2004 at 17:20
Sorry, but they cut "Love At First Sting" after "Blackout", not to mention some other decent albums too, say "Crazy World" from 1990... Saw them on this tour, got the CD for kicks, and not too surprisingly this is one of my least favorite Scorpions records...

From: Rockhead Date: May 11, 2004 at 5:07
Have to agree with The Ripper-Love at 1st sting is an excellent album and on par with Blackout. THe 1st half of Savage Amu8sement is also superb. I agree they have lost their way a little in recent years. Here's to unbreakable.

From: Hard Rocker Date: June 29, 2004 at 23:39
An absolute crap!!!! So sad that they released this trash!!!! Thank God that they have returned to the old good days with their new very good album "Unbreakable"!!!! Check it out....

From: meradona Date: June 30, 2004 at 11:02
nunca fui un gran seguidor de los scorps, pero despues de esto, jajajaja, peor imposible, este disco es una porqueria, luego nos quejamos en españa de 91 suite, nexx, airless y compañia, les dan mil vueltas a los scorps. arriba el hard rock , a.o.r, en españa

From: blackout Date: July 7, 2004 at 20:13
Never understand the reason why they released this. After so much years in the buisiness they should have known what their fans want to hear. Absolute crap. Don´t buy it. If you get it for free- then take it and check out how worse it is. ;-)

From: Gsus#4 Date: July 20, 2004 at 3:16
From fourteen tracks 7 goods... what do you want? Do you think you can do it better? Shut up n´show us..!!!

From: Rycheage Date: July 20, 2004 at 21:35
Other than "Aleyah", "A Moment In A Million Years" and "A Mind Like A Tree", there is nothing here that is even redeeming. The above tracks are not good, but are the best of a terrible album. The "syrupy", to steal Dan's word, tracks are the worst they have ever done. And the drum machine has got to go. Not recommended.

From: jack Date: August 13, 2004 at 5:10
The only scorpion album that idon't really like. It doesn't sound like the scorpion at all. They change thier sound and style more than judas priest in the turbo album. This album has got to be the worst in their illustrius career. ratings:4/10

From: Propane Date: December 3, 2004 at 12:50
Tankity tank! This one is a dud that will hopefully quickly die off. I think anyone here can do better, to answer Gsus#4's question. Sounds amateurish.

From: gener8tr Date: February 14, 2005 at 10:33
My only question is: "WHY" Is this the same band that released Blackout? Please tell me this was a joke?

From: Ratt72 Date: March 20, 2005 at 15:53
what crap....shame on you guys...you could do better...

From: jrscan77 Date: October 7, 2005 at 20:49
La peor mierda q escuche en mi vida, malos temas todo es malo, 0/10

From: Remastered Reason Date: February 9, 2006 at 14:04
For a band with such high potential as The Scorps, this is by far one of the worst albums of the modern era, maybe one of the worst of all time. YUCK!!!

From: Darkstorm Date: March 3, 2007 at 23:40
I can definitely understand why everyone hates this album>However I usually end liking experimental albums disliked by almost everybody.This album beings with the catchy Mysterious with it's unusual solo and heavy reverb chorus, and is followed by the ridiculous, yet catchy To Be No.1,and next is the commercial liss of Obessesion, actualy there isn't a bad song on here, although Prisilla with it's dumb lyrics comes pretty damn close.overall a better album than many people give it credit for

From: pie75 Date: August 8, 2010 at 9:03
have to agree with most of you here this is a discraceful album i can still remember when i got it cheap on tape i was estatic until i took it home and listened to it i was stunned to say the least it's that bad i couldn't even give it away how did they keep a straight face when they released this?

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 6, 2012 at 21:19
Mixed comments above and surely quite understandable ones...this "experiment" of The Scorpions brought some kind of "haters & lovers" to the band itself at that stage...many factors were involved here like for example the year it was released(1999 was a year of this type of "modern rock sounds" and "indutrial tribal noise" that somehow,one way or the other,caught the Scorps by its legs)and most likely,as another factor,is that at that stage the band was a bit "burnt" in creativeness...anyway for me this album has some decency in songs such as "Mysterious","Obsession"(nice),"Mind Like A Tree","Eye To Eye","Skywriter","Yellow Butterfly" & "Aleyah"...75/100

From: Lights Out Date: January 8, 2013 at 21:52
Well here we have it; it took them long enough but Scorpions finally created and released a truly poor album; not just a mediocre one like Face The Heat, but one with very few redeeming qualities. Going experimental under the Scorpions banner was a poor decision and did not work out for the best. The album has no firm direction; the band opted to try their hand at a bunch of styles (Which don't mesh well with their usual sound) and splatter them all onto one album. The rockers (If you can call them that) suffer the most as they range from mediocre (Aleyah) to generic (Priscilla) to absurd. (Freshly Squeezed) The ballads sound more in line with normal Scorps material but still are fairly weak; "Ten Light Years Away" and the title track are not awful but they don't beg the repeat button either. Songs like "Mysterious", "Yellow Butterfly", "Moment", and "Skywriter" have mild elements that I enjoy but that hardly salvages this disjointed album as a whole. 56/100

From: Japangea Date: May 12, 2015 at 5:47
They got old and could not run like they used to do ..... but so what? They just got above themselves.No more no less.

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