by Def LeppardDef Leppard



A decade ago, Def Leppard wooed metalheads and teenyboppers alike with hair-metal pop that was both sweeter and tastier than the boys-only crotch-rock of acts like Mötley Crüe. Now, after a few unsuccessful years trying to navigate the ever-changing alt-rock landscape (see 1996's Slang), they're back doing what they do best -- rocking out like the biggest, blondest band on the planet. It's all here: Joe Elliott's skyscraping screams, sugar-high guitar hooks, and the requisite heart-wrenching power ballad ("Goodbye"). From the production magic of Robert "Mutt" Lange -- who helped define the band's sound in his pre-Shania days and whose Defer-than-ever rocker "Promises" tops off the record -- to mountainous anthems like "Demolition Man" and "King of Oblivion," this is a welcome return to formula. Sure, attempts to "expand" their sound fall flatter than big hair on a humid August night (check the hilariously awkward Prince rip-off "All Night" and the sluggish instrumental "Disintegrate"), but that only makes the classic stuff sound sweeter.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/1999
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731454621229
catalogNumber: 546212

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Euphoria 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Totally the best Def Leppard Album to date! A return to the band's well known and well loved, rock ballad sound with a hint of maturity added. No doubt that I would recommend this album to anyone who likes good old fashioned Rock and Roll with a slightly new edge!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a great return to form for the band, and while it apparently did not produce hits that could draw in non-fans into the Leppard fanbase such as Pyromania Hysteria did, it definitely pleased fans who were dissapointed in their change of form in Slang. I am just glad that I did not become a fan until recently and that I had not been waiting the 4 or so years that it took Slang to hit the stores. This album however, would have been worth the wait. While it may not be true that there is not a wasted track, there are enough classic-style Lep songs on this album to make a fan feel at home again. Demolition Man is my personal favorite, followed by Promises which seems to me to be this album's Photograph or Animal. I would recommend buying it if you are a fan, and look out for their follow-up album that the band hopes to put out in Spring of 2002.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago