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on 4 February 2011
After the heady days of the seminal Hysteria, it was always gong to be difficult to produce anything quite as explosive for their follow up. Instead they opted for the 'if-it-aint-broke-don't-fix-it' route by way of the 'song-writing-by-the-numbers'. What came out was a collection of very ordinary, middle of the road rock songs that modelled themselves on Hysteria without coming close to the quality and feel. However, as a stand-alone album, it is not bad and has a couple of rousing numbers for the fan to enjoy.
The opener, 'Let's get rocked' is, I'm sorry to all who really like this side of the band, awful. It's an unfunny, cringe-making song that really is so uncool. 'Heaven Is' is much better. Leppard proper. Great chorus. 'Make Love Like A Man' is better than the opener but not by much. The singles really are the least interesting content. 'Tonight' is another great little slow-burner. And 'White Lightning' is a star away from classic. It's an epic, almost progressive track that really is the high point of the album.
The second half is not as interesting. It consists of 5 tracks that are, for all intents and purposes, pretty similar standard rock tunes. None of them are bad and they are relatively catchy but they are somewhat throwaway.
A middling effort after a behemoth. Interestingly, what followed (their collection of b-sides and unreleased material) was another true great.