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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.
Performance CreditsDef Leppard Primary Artist
Ricky Warwick Hand Clapping
Gary Sullivan Hand Clapping
Damon "Demon" Hill Guitar
Ciaran McGoldrick Hand Clapping
Technical CreditsDef Leppard Producer
Pete Woodroffe Producer,Engineer
Andie Airfix Artwork
Ger McDonnell Engineer
Ronan McHugh Engineer
Euphoria based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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!
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.