by Def LeppardDef Leppard


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While many of their contemporaries from the new wave of British heavy metal and the hard-rock charts of the late '80s have gotten mired in patches of stylistic quicksand, Def Leppard have always managed to sidestep stasis. Their moves haven't always been clever ones -- Slang, for instance, found the band out of their depth, heft-wise -- but they've always been interesting to observe. X will keep listeners on their toes, to be sure, and will also reward those who're open to the Leps' poppier inclinations. Those are aired from the outset here, on the breezy opening salvo of "Now" and on "Unbelievable," on which the band is abetted by producer Per Aldenheim, whose previous credits include Britney Spears and 'N Sync. The gloss on those tracks might come as a surprise to folks who raised their fists to songs like "Pour Some Sugar on Me," but not all of the quintet's tenth outing follows suit: "Torn to Shreds" and "Cry" both coast along on chunky, infectious riffs -- a fine foil for Joe Elliott's amiably raspy vocals. Still, as they pass the quarter-century mark as a band, Def Leppard seem more content to amble along placidly, eking out the sort of tough-guy ballads -- like "Long, Long Way to Go" -- that keep Bic stock in positive territory.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2002
Label: Island
UPC: 0044006312125
catalogNumber: 063121
Rank: 52913

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Def Leppard   Primary Artist
Vivian Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Carter   Keyboards,Drum Loop
Phil Collen   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Elliott   Vocals
Rick Savage   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Rick Allen   Drums

Technical Credits

Def Leppard   Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Richard Chycki   Engineer
Pete Woodroffe   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Liz Sroka   Engineer
Robert Bergman   Contributor
Andreas Carlsson   Producer
Per Aldeheim   Producer
Jerry Johnson   Drum Technician
Stefan Boman   Engineer
Ronan McHugh   Programming,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Rick Allen   Contributor

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