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As another reviewer stated, this is not for the music mafia. It's not going to rattle cages or change the way we view music. This isn't musical evolution, it's more music sitting on a nice safe porch chair, sipping a beer. X is unabashed AOR cheese, unapologetic and stubbornly snubbing its far cooler peers. This may be staid, tried and tested and VERY American (which is strange, but not unheard of, for an English band) but it probably outsold its snotty-nosed successors by double. If you're not embarassed by cliched music, this is a very worthy album.
The first half is where the real songs are. The first 7 tracks are pure precious metal, varying in quality from bronze to gold however. The best tracks are 'Now', 'You're So Beautiful', 'Long, Long Way To Go'and 'Torn To Shreds'. 'Unbelievable', 'Everyday' and 'Four Letter Word' are all very good but are just that little bit less memorable.
The last 7 tracks are not as impressive. 'Love don't Lie' is a very boring, hookless vaccuum of a song, that really defies critique on the account of it being so vapid. The same can be said for 'Girl Like you' and 'Let Me Be The One' - the album would have been better without them. On the plus side of side B, 'Gravity', 'Cry' and 'Scar' are all pretty hummable and each have their own particular merits: rocky, weepy and moody successively. The bonus, 'Kiss the Day' is very uplifting and ends the album very well; it's almost anthemic. The acoustic version of 'Long, Long Way To Go' is not very exciting, it's far better with a few guitars and drums, especially as it is still quite a slow number with them.
Def Leppard fans will have this whether it's awful or not. If you like edgy music, you'll probably already know not to touch it. But if you are partial to bands like Journey and even more recent acts like Daughtry and the ilk, it stands up pretty well.