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'High N' Dry' follows quite nicely from where the debut, 'On Through The Night' left off. Despite Mutt Lange's smooth production, this is fundamentally the same band from the first record, just with the naivety and some of the raw sound shaved off a bit.
'Let It Go', 'Just Another Hit And Run' and the quite excellent 'Lady Strange' are good hard rocking staples and quite accessible despite the power in the playing.
'On Through The Night' and the title track especially are lighter hearted numbers which remind me of Kiss somewhat.
'Switch 625' is a snorting instrumental workout and 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' is probably the best track the band had recorded up to that point. It's a quality hard rock ballad that's almost a precurser to 1987/8's smash hit 'Love Bites'.
'High N' Dry' shows Def Leppard continuing to spearhead the heavy metal resurgence of the early 80's and Mutt Lange's production seems to do for them what it did to AC/DC on their 'Highway To Hell' album. The band are still hard and heavy and play with some awesome power at times with some killer riffing. They just sound tighter and more streamlined. The American influence is still microscopic at this point and the both the album and Def Leppard sound all the better for it.