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Songs From The Sparkle Lounge

May 1, 2008

In the nineties, when producer Robert "Mutt" Lange disappeared into Switzerland with Shania Twain and dump trucks full of cash, he left Def Leppard stranded. Lange produced and co-wrote their best-selling release Hysteria, and the band tries hard to...

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Hysteria

November 1, 2006

"Pour some sugar on me," Def Leppard sang on their fourth album, and producer Mutt Lange obliged, coating songs like "Animal" and "Rocket" in a sweet multitracked glaze until they became the decade's tastiest pop-metal candy. Not that Hysteria came easy:...

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Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection

June 2, 2005

The greatness of Def Leppard can be summed up in four words, and not gunter glieben glauten globen. The four words are: Girls totally liked them. This was such a formal breakthrough in metal terms, it can hardly be overstated. Def Leppard delivered pop...

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Euphoria

July 8, 1999

"Demolition Man," the opening track on Euphoria, Def Leppard's seventh studio album, plays like a typical installment of VH1's rock-bio series Behind the Music: "Let me loose, I just got back/I was pushed and I got dragged/I tasted mud, I tasted wine/Kissed...

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Retro Active

November 25, 1993

The Who's Odds and Sods proved that reviewing the footnotes and marginalia of a band's back pages could excite more than just a handful of cultists. Serving up 13 B sides, rarities and covers (with some remixing and rerecording), Def Leppard's Retro Active...

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Hysteria

September 24, 1987
Not Rated

Metal is by now a kind of folk music, as familiar in its forms as bluegrass or Appalachian balladry. Like folk (and especially like the blues, from which it is distantly derived), metal endlessly reshuffles a legacy of lyrical and instrumental phrases...

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On Through The Night

June 26, 1980
Not Rated

Fans insist that it never went away. Critics wish it would. But heavy metal, that belligerent bastard son of American blues and macho English rock-star attitudes, is back. It's also bigger, louder and — hard as this may be to believe — better...

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Yeah!

June 12, 2006

Def Leppard have a huge chip on their shoulder about being lumped in with the U.K. and U.S. hair-metal bands of the Eighties. To set the record straight, they've recorded this album of covers of songs by their real heroes: people like David Bowie, T.Rex...

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X

August 13, 2002

A couple of years ago, a band named Bon Jovi put out an album called Crush that was intended merely to promote some live shows overseas and pay off a few mullet-replacement-surgery bills. Instead, the recording became their first American hit in years,...

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Slang

February 2, 1998
Not Rated

In the '80s, Def Leppard's extravagant productions and power-rock anthems prompted a generation to empty its pockets and unzip its pants in pursuit of pop nirvana. But today's listeners want more than cheap thrills and stomping sing-alongs. To comply,...

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Adrenalize

April 16, 1992

Generally speaking, it's time to worry when the term long-awaited gets appended to an album. Long-awaited doesn't just mean that the band in question took its sweet time delivering the disc; usually, it's industry code for "bloated and overblown." Except,...

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Pyromania

March 31, 1983

Just when it seemed like synthesizers had taken over the airwaves, along comes Def Leppard with Pyromania, a heavy-metal album full of brawling guitars and boasting state-of-the-radio production. Steve Clark and new member Phil Collen's fat fuzz riffs...

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