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on 1 February 2001
First album recorded after guitarist Steve Clark's premature demise.For that the band can be forgiven for what is a perhaps a slightly short album. However all the tracks are really good, the best being 'Heaven Is', 'Let's get Rocked', 'Tear It Down' and 'Make Love Like A Man'.If u r buying a Def leppard album for the first time then get HYSTERIA, otherwise this is another great album from DEF LEPPARD.
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on 4 March 2009
For me, this was when I discovered Def Leppard. It still sounds like Hysteria, but due to Phil Collen now handling all the guitar parts (Steve Clark passed away before the demos were finalized) it does have a slightly different feel. Those middle-eights are gone. The album featured the huge hit but critically panned "Let's Get Rocked" a song inspired by Bart Simpson when they were bored. The lyrics on this album are considerably better - Hysteria was full of filler lyrics that had no real meaning, but this album the songs tend to parody the band. Make Love Like A Man is a tonuge and cheek track. Of course the album have its' serious moments, White Lightning is about Steve Clark and their are sentimental ballads "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad", the dark "Tonight" and up-tempo feel good ballad, "Stand Up Kick Love Into Motion". The album feature 9 newly recorded songs and a former b-side from Hysteria "Tear It Down".

Its a good fun album.
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VINE VOICEon 27 March 2002
Contains a few more average tracks but it was always going to be difficult to follow "Hysteria"! The single output from the album is a good yardstick of it's quality (i.e. "Heaven is", "Tonight", "Ever Needed Someone...") although "Let's Get Rocked" and "Make Love Like a Man" already sound a bit dated and were perhaps the Leps first example of 'disposable rock'.
"White Lightning" is the stand-out track for me, at 7:37 it is another 'anthem' in many ways bigger than its "Gods of War" 'cousin' on "Hysteria".
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on 26 October 2000
Following up the great album Hysteria would certainly be no easy task. But Leppard came up with this album. The loss of Steve Clark on guitars was a major set back for the boys but still they produce this good solid rock album. I doesn't have that spark that the album Hysteria had. But then again lets face it can any album any where be as good as Hysteria. But still well worth buying.
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on 2 July 2007
The album that made me a LEPPARD fanatic!

A great follow up to Hysteria, slick production and some classic Leppard 'air punching' tunes!

This album has a bit of just about everything, some good old rockers (Lets get rocked/I wanna touch u), some ballads (Have you ever needed someone so bad/Stand up) and a true epic in the form of 'White Lightning'

This album topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic upon its release back in '92, and after just one listen you will see why.
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on 3 June 2000
The Leps, after their traditional five-year gap between recordings, return with the follow-up to the vast-selling Hysteria. The previous two albums both sold in excess of ten million, and topping two of the greatest pop metal albums of all time was neither an easy nor an enviable task. Facing tragedy, too, with the loss of guitarist Steve Clark, and coming up against a growing tide of grunge, the odds were stacked against them. The Leps responded with this, a triumphant album that rocks harder than Hysteria and has, if anything, more consistent quality. It may not have "Sugar," "Armageddon" or any of the other huge hits that made Hysteria what it was, but it showed that the Leps were alive and kicking in the 90s.
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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.
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on 21 October 2015
By 1992 Def Leppard were not just a well known successful rock band. They were a global successful rock band with two multi-million selling albums behind them and an impressive body of work over four albums. After 1987’s multi-platinum Hysteria album and subsequent mammoth 18 month world tour which saw the band headlining arenas in the US ‘In The Round’ followed by the HISTORIA video collection and ‘In The Round – In Your Face’ video releases, fans waited with baited breath through 1989 and 1990 for a follow up. The band were known for taking their time between album releases to make sure that what they had was to the best of their ability, the gap between Pyromania and Hysteria hindered by the tragic loss of an arm to drummer Rick Allen. What fans were unaware of was the slow decline in health of guitarist Steve Clark. A great guitarist and co-writer of some of the bands biggest hits and top album tracks and a formidable live presence with his Les Paul slung low as he ran from one side of the huge Hysteria stage to the other, he was nonetheless a shy man off stage. In fact what many didn’t realise was his dependence on drink to even get on stage and his reluctance to slow down once off stage. With the downtime following the tour writing the follow-up, he was given time by the other band members to sort himself out. Unfortunately, even with the intervention of his band members and producer, things got worse. In January 1991, he was dead.

In less than 10 years, Def Leppard had been hit by tragedy twice. After Steve’s death, the band reconvened to make the album they had been working on for the past year or so and for the first time as a four piece, with Phil Collen handling all guitar duties. By the time Adrenalize was released, the musical landscape had changed dramatically. Bands that had followed in Def Leppards wake (with lavish production and huge backing vocals) like Bon Jovi with New Jersey, Motley Crue with Dr. Feelgood and countless others had already changed their sound to accommodate the onslaught of grunge. Adrenalize came out in the spring of 1992, up against Alice In Chains, Faith No More, Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden.

Luckily, Def Leppard were an established brand. The album sold in huge numbers and the tour went on until the middle of 1993 in arenas (in the round again) and stadiums with new guitarist Vivian Campbell entering stage right.

Adrenalize is a good album. It’s solid. The production is flawless. I imagine the studio being clinically white and everyone playing with white gloves. The Hysteria production was deep and immersive. Adrenalize was precision point clean. No grunge muddying these grooves.

But it’s not as good as Hysteria and the band had moved on completely from Pyromania. There was no heavy metal included, just heavy rock with big pop hooks; Let’s Get Rocked, Heaven Is, Make Love Like A Man, Personal Property, Stand Up and I Wanna Touch You were far far removed from Wasted, Rocks Off and Die Hard The Hunter.

It had lush ballads like Tonight and Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad. Great ballads both, but not quite Hysteria or Love Bites.

The one redeeming heavy rock track was Tear It Down. But that was a re-recorded B-Side from the Hysteria sessions.

The one track that does ensure Adrenalize is as good as Pyromania and Hysteria was the track White Lightning. A haunting epic designed to ensure that nobody forgets that Steve Clark was once an integral part of this band and never to be forgotten.

All in all, Adrenalize is a good album and I certainly still play it a lot. It's upbeat. It's fun. And considering it was made at possibly the bands lowest low, how they came out smiling is proof this was real band and one which took the falls as a means to get back up and get the job done. In cinematic terms, Adrenalize is the musical equivalent of Rocky IV. Do you wanna get rocked?
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on 6 March 2007
This was my first def leppard album that i got...after pleading with my dad to buy it for me back in 1992. It was the appearence of Lets Get Rocked on MTV that bought def leppard to my attention and i immediatly loved the album and after a few plays later i loved the band. With Phil Collen doing most of the Lead Guitar after the tragic death of Steve Clark this left the band a member short but still were able to prduce a great album. Favourite Songs are Lets Get Rocked and the rocking tune I Wanna Touch U
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on 30 January 2006
What can you say about this album, put it this way there's nothing bad you can say. After the death of Steve Clark, Leppard outdid themselves by coming up with their best album to date in my opinion. 10 songs of pure genius. "Have you ever" is my faveourite on the album but "White Lightning" is just amazing if listened to properly. Def Leppard fans should already have this album but if there are any out there that dont, hurry up rock fans! Again, keep rockin' Leppard!
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