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Scorpions: Return to Forever

Album Review

It’s goodbye-hello, as Deutschland’s rock kings convincingly bin their abdication.

Now that even Wilko Johnson’s farewell tour has proved premature, we know to take any rocker’s goodbye waves with a pinch of salt. The Scorpions have been pushing the art of the long goodbye to the limit since calling it quits in 2010, with an exhausting schedule of world tours, plus live and cover albums.

Return To Forever’s title finally admits that the Hanoverians aren’t going anywhere. But it was the idea of a last hurrah that made 2010’s Sting In The Tail so focused after years of drift, and snapped the fans to attention.

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