A bit of a guilty pleasure this one. It's fashionable these days to deride that `80s/'90s cheesy soft stadium rock, and rightly so. The attitude, the attempts at humour, the style were all atrocious. But, it was wildly popular in its day, and I must confess that every now and then I slip this one on and remind myself of being a teenager back then. The music, though I know I should be hating it, has a strange magnetic power, fuelled by pure nostalgia, that just keeps me listening.
With snarly/shouty vocals, lush sounding musical backing and laden with classic hooks, the music of Def Leppard was archetypal of the British New Metal Wave. This album anthologises their output from 1980 to 1995, and concentrates on their 3 big albums, Hysteria, Andrenalize and Pyromania. It shows that range of talents of the band, from unsubtle double entendre, to overdone power ballad, to balls out rock. It's corny, it's cheesy, it's immature, it's pretty damned good.
So even though the more mature me should hate it, I just have to award this collection 5 stars.