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*1/2, Scorpions, "Pure Instinct," Atlantic.

June 16, 1996|Sandy Masuo

The Scorpions are a textbook singles band: When the group--which plays the Universal Amphitheatre on Wednesday and Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Saturday--strikes the perfect balance between hard rock and Euro-pop, it can be quite compelling, but it only achieves that balance sporadically. True to form, the strongest tracks on their 13th studio album ("Wild Child," "Stone in My Shoe") are surrounded by sincere but sappy, easy-listening metal. Better to sit tight until their next greatest-hits package.


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