An album of its time, Hysteria was created for and because of the hair-rock/metal stranglehold on pop in the beginning to mid 80s. Despite this it still holds up well today albeit whilst smiling at the cheese. The first 7 tracks are all wonderful but then it gets slightly patchy.
Opener 'Women' is trademark Def Leppard circa 1986/7. Sleazy, slow and mid-paced, impecably produced and really rather good. 'Rocket' is actually very similar but even slightly better! 'Animal' is quality 80s stadium fare. Single-length and all shiny and electric and high pitched with a nice singalonga chorus. Job done. 'Love Bites' is classic and very listenable today. One of their all-time great tracks. As is 'Pour Some Sugar...'. Classic, fun and catchy. 'Armageddon It' is very good but has less of a pull for me, but that's a purely personal opinion - it's still a great song.
'Gods of War' is my pick from the album (along with 'Love Bites'). It wasn't a single and it is long and anything with Maggie Thatcher's voice just sounds wrong, BUT it is a fantastic tune, a style they revisited in their follow up with 'White Lightning' - another cracker! Then it all gets a bit pants for a couple of tracks. 'Don't Shoot...' is quite average and compared to the company it's keeping it fails to excite. It's one of those DL party tunes that don't really have any real tune at all. 'Run Riot' is slightly better but still isn't excellent. Title track, however, is pretty darn excellent. Understated, catchy and enjoyable. 'Excitable' is as 'Don't Shoot...' really - not great at all. 'LOve & Affection' is ok but for an album of this stature the closer really needs to be astounding and it really isn't.
Despite the inclusion of 3 or 4 unwanted MOR party-crashers, Hysteria is an album to treasure and, more importantly enjoy. It's not a noodle-scratcher, it's just meant to be there for when you're feeling in a particularly 80s mood and need to ROCK OUT!!!