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With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard--Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums)— continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic ... Read more in Amazon's Def Leppard Store

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  • Audio CD (5 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0012NHN8G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Go
2. Nine Lives - Def Leppard, Tim McGraw
3. C'mon C'mon
4. Love
5. Tomorrow
6. Cruise Control
7. Hallucinate
8. Only The Good Die Young
9. Bad Actress
10. Come Undone
11. Gotta Let It Go
12. Love

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Heywood on 28 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After "X", and Euphoria to a lesser extent, I was a little apprehensive about a new album, and was worried about the likely direction. I couldn't be more wrong though.

This album is great. The guitars, which have been missing for ten years are finally back in a big way. The album is a mixture of influences, from different bands, and there is something in there for any Leppard fan.

Some of the highlights are the opener, Go, probably the hardest song the band have done, C'mon C'mon, which cannot do anything but grow on you, Bad Actress, a fun song which could be right off Hysteria, and Love, which although a ballad, the only one, is almost haunting. It is also not a typical ballad in any sense. The weakest track is probably Gotta Let it Go, simply because it just doesn't catch me like every other song on the CD.

So definitely the best album the band have done for a long time. The best since Hysteria? Quite possible, but time will tell.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Bredin on 19 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I am a long time def leppard fan and have been very pleased with this album. The one thing I can't understand is why people constantly compare all leppard albums to Hysteria. Yes it was brilliant but it was also 21 years ago and the band have moved on since so why can't everyone else? I feel they are writing some excellent material now and it shows on this album.

Quite unusually for Leppard there isn't a lot of collaborative writing on this album - only two of the songs. The rest are all individual compositions. This in itself I feel shows how much the band have matured as writers. And yes there are a few fillers but every album has these - even the great hysteria. The stand out tracks are those written by Rick Savage - Cmon Cmon and love. The first has that real classic leppard arena sound and the second is a beautiful ballad with an almost classical feel and arrangement to it. The real surprise for me was the strength of the songs offered by Vivian Campbell. With the possible exception of only the good die young, his songs are amongst the strongest here and I feel that with this album, he has really contributed on the writing side. Well done Viv. The one thing I don't understand is the highly publicised collaboration with Tim McGraw on Nine lives - he sings four lines at the start. This appears to be a stunt to boost sales in America and the song is really strong enough to stand on it's own without this gimmick.

This is a strong collection of songs and is head and shoulders above most of the muck being realeased at the minute. For those of you still hung up on Hysteria, do yourselves a favour and move on. No it won't sell as much as Hysteria did but NO album nowadays does - appreciate this for what it is: A great rock album from a band still delivering the goods after 30 years, and how many can claim the same?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to this album quite a few times now and tried to get into some of the songs they do on their current tour, but it does very little for me. This is so far removed from my favorite album of all time - Pyromania, which doesn't have a single duff track. I've got pretty much everything the band has done and all of the other albums have memorable tracks. I'll still be seeing them live and really enjoying the band but they're going to have to do better than this if I'm going to buy any more of their albums.
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By ratmonkey on 5 May 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Def Leppard have had a bit of an up and down career. Peddling good old, no frills pub-rock in their beginnings, finding their own sound and switching to a type of glam/hard rock for the 80s frivolities, joining their peers Bon Jovi, Europe and Kiss in a sort of 'Big 4' of cheesy rawk, all the way through to their MOR leanings today. A mixture of all was evident on their last release, (I'm not counting YEAH - diabolical pub-band covers) X, to great effect. Songs from the Sparkle Lounge however treads water slightly. It's just MOR and not much else. That's not to say it's bad - i rate it quite highly compared to a lot of their recent back catalogue.

Opener 'Go' is a trademark DL track. It's catchy and urgent and driving and pretty darn good. 'Nine Lives' is ok and it does grow on you but there's something about it that screams filler. It has a different tone to the rest of the other album tracks; it's bluesy and country. It's good but I think it needs a bit more time to blossom than most. 'C'Mon C'Mon' is just a lazy, MOR Leppard party track. It's neither hear nor there which is a shame as after this the rest of the album starts to come into its own. 'Love' is, well, lovely. It's soft and deep and melodious and very well constructed. 'Tomorrow' sounds like 'Torn To Shreds' from X which is no bad thing as they are both excellent. Urgent, catchy and single-like.

'Cruise Control' is another excellent song with an interesting chorus. 'Hallucinate' bats a slightly lower average but it is nevertheless a good track, however the chorus could have been soaring when it is merely noticeable. 'Only the Good...' again ticks all the boxes nicely. The chorus and riffs are chunky and required. These aren't classics, just good, honest tunes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Williams on 8 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that I partially agree with Simon Long on this. I stress only partially though!

When I first listened to the album I was very underwhelmed, especially considering all the positive reviews that I had read. The album doesn't compare to Hysteria or Pyromania in anyway, but I think this is where the problem comes in. I can't imagine that any Def Leppard album can ever live up to those masterpieces. I mean does anyone think that this is really going to happen?

However I have stuck with "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge" and I must say that it has grown on me more and more with repeated listens. I have resigned myself to the fact that Leppard are not going to reach the dizzying heights of their Hysteria days and am enjoying the album for what it is. Good fun, easy listening, rock 'n' roll! I think it is miles better than "X" and although very different I would say from my point of view it is their best since "Slang". If you didn't like Slang, that may not be a good thing though :-)

Anyway I think you should give this album a go, you may just like it, but don't be expecting Hysteria or Pyromania.
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