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Leppard re-gain their spots,
This review is from: Yeah (Audio CD)
It is so easy to criticise Def Leppard. OK..there are few cheesier rock singers than Joe Elliott and Rick Savage really should find a haircut that sits well in the 21st century. But scratch beneath the surface and they are one extremelely talented and credible outfit. There are few better lead rock guitarists than Phil Collen and Viv Campbell and put them together and you have a very sophisticated but melodic guitar sound. When i heared however that they were recording an album of cover versions, I feared the worst. But this is no lazy 'can't be bothered to write our own music' job. It becomes very obvious that these boys really do truly love the songs they are covering. That should be applauded if anything. There is a real arrogant attitude towards cover versions in this country but what's wrong with Joe Elliot wanting to champion his boyhood heroes Mott the Hoople ? Take or leave covers of well known songs like Waterloo Sunset and Hanging on the Telephone, the real delight of this album is hearing songs that have fallen by rock's wasteland. David Essex's Rock On sounds fantastic here, as does No Matter What. Own up, how many of us have heared Badfinger's original ? Well here it is and it sounds bloody good. It's time Britain embraced Def Leppard a bit more.