3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best since Euphoria,
This review is from: Songs From The Sparkle Lounge (Audio CD)
When Hysteria was released it changed my life. It was the album that got me hooked into rock music and I've never looked back. The band's sound and image has influenced all my music preferences since - be it cool or not. `Pyromania', `High `N dry' and `On Through night' soon followed into my collection with each show casing the bands progression. The name John `Mutt' Lange on the production opened me up many other bands (mainly AC/DC, Foreigner , The Boomtown Rats Romeo's Daughter etc.) The follow up albums have never been able to match Hysteria and never could, although I've sure enjoyed each one. Adrenalize was a difficult follow up after selling millions of copies of Hysteria (we are now up to 20 Million now) but more importantly this was after the loss of lead guitarist Steamin' Steve Clark's due to his untimely death, and then the musical movement into `grunge' (which I believe was a term created by the media to create something different: Pearl Jam etc were just Rock bands - if they had been around in the 70's that's what they would have been labelled as -` Rock'). Slang tried to tap into that market but it wasn't what long time Def Leppard fans were looking for and it failed to capture new fans, as mature as the songs were - the album still had a great sound as did the stripped down tour (no `in the round' this time but a return to early days of a stack/wall of Marshalls amplifiers). Euphoria was a return to the classic formula (include the return of John `Mutt' Lange), but never really capture the general public's imagination (or at least in the UK - thanks to no promotion by the bands management). X as catchy as the songs were just didn't rock hard enough and Joe's voice by this point was not what it used to be as he was advised not to sing in a high pitch. Baring all this in mind, this is a solid Def Leppard album. It instantly sounds like Def Leppard - Any criticisms of soundiny just like anyone else are down to others sounding like them. Apart from the song `Love' (which I removed from my iPod - I just don't like it) this is solid Def Leppard which just gets better on every listen. The band on tour right now is on top form and the future looks bright. It's just such a shame they don't get pushed the way other bands from the 80's era do e.g. Bon Jovi , and as always they are completly ignored by the British music press (except Classic Rock).
If you like Def Leppard, give it a few spins and I'm sure you will feel the same way. I should know - I've subjected a few mates to this now!