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Probably Def Leppard's best album and certainly their most successful, Hysteria pretty much sums up 1980s hard rock: catchy, tuneful and fun. It's also one of the few albums from the period that doesn't sound dated now, and singles such as "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Armageddon It" and "Rocket" remain staples of rock radio. The rest of the album is equally entertaining; "Animal" and "Hysteria", while mid-tempo, have the same slick intensity, and "Love Bites" is one of the few pop-metal ballads that doesn't sound saccharine over a decade after its release. --Genevieve Williams
Top Customer Reviews
Along with "Slippery When Wet" this album ushered in an era of heavy guitars, singalong choruses and loads of hair and spandex.
You know what? it was great.............
10 seconds of ‘Women’ and I could not comprehend what I was hearing. Even through crappy headphones on a Walkman, this sound was huge……………………..and so it remains. That day I managed to get through Women, Rocket and Animal before I was required elsewhere but I made a mental note of the band’s name, the iconic looking font….DEF LEPPARD. How could I forget the image on the front of the cassette case. What was it? I’m still not sure. I vowed that when I got home, I would seek this out.
Cut to three days later and I am in Woolworths holding before me a vinyl album with those same words. I was now the owner of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album. This was the best thing I had ever heard. 26 years later and it’s still the best thing I have ever heard.
I’m not going to discuss the sonics, the songs, the harmonies, the multi-layered guitars. I’m not going to discuss Rick Allens tragic accident because whilst extremely sad, the very need for synthesised drums helped the album sound the way it does. It doesn’t matter that the album was made several times over then scrapped and started all over again. Whilst many things helped and hindered the creation of this album, nothing can do it justice more than how I came to love it.
Get it. Sit down. Stick some headphones on. Play it Loud.
It will be the best thing you have ever heard.
You can't deny the beguiling magic of this album, it is crammed full of genius melodies and hooks which make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
A must buy for 80's rock fans this is a classic.
The album begins with "Women", which was released in the U.S by Def Leppard as the 1st single off the album. "Women" didn't chart well in the U.S, and lead singer Jo Elliot often condemns the song, probably due to its lack of success in America. Aside from the negativeness surrounding the song, it remains a classic song to me, emphasising the "wonder" of "Women", and is a perfect start to the album. The slower versus and the amazing chorus of this song makes it a rock song hard to match by any other band.
Next, the listener is shown Def Leppard's creativity, with "Rocket". The idea of "Rocket" came from an African tribal recording, which may seem rather odd for a rock song. Listen closely throughout, and you will be sure to pick up the beat of the tribal music straight away. "Rocket" is about Def Leppard's musical influences during their childhood, listeners who were around during the glam rock era of the 1970's will pick up the continuous references. In the middle of the song is an interlude, which sounds extremely "different" to any other Def Leppard song.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Music still as amazing as it ever was x good price and good delivery time too but case was already broken before I even got the CD out x shame but does not affect quality of music... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Gee
This is the first Def Leppard album I owned back in the day - love it - it's why I love Def Leppard - my favourite songs are on here. Would recommend.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As I was sorting through some of my crap I'd left in my folk's loft, ahead of their house move, I came across an old copy of this I'd bought back in the late 80s, purely on the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nugent Dirt