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Def Leppard
X
August 2002
Released: 2002, Bludgeon Riffola / Mercury
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

If you’re looking for PYROMANIA II then don’t even bother with this disc, as you will probably not enjoy it. If you are a fan and like the rest of their stuff then this would be a definite purchase. It definitely carries the Def Lep trademarks except for the “Mutt Lange” production that was a big part of their sound. From start to finish it is an enjoyable cd to listen to no matter what your musical taste.



The cd begins with their first single “Now” which showcases a bit of a more modern sound for the band without being overpowering. There is a bit of programming on this disc but it is not as in your face like it was on SLANG (which is the best thing since PYROMANIA). They are a bit subtler about it this time around and are sticking closer to the catchy pop oriented sound that gave them commercial success. Is this a bad thing? In most cases the answer would be YES, but DL make it work. The “Over Production” is gone and you can actually hear Joe’s vocals on their own without the one million overdubs and the instruments can finally be heard.



The standout tracks on this cd are:



“Four Letter Word” for its catchy rock groove and memorable chorus.



“Gravity” for its up-tempo, high tech sounds. The most “Slang” sounding song on the disc.



“Cry” - Sort of PYROMANIA meets SLANG with a little HYSTERIA tossed into the mix for good measure. It has a somewhat alternative vocal effect to it which I generally despise but it suits the song with all the programming going on here.



“Scar” is the closest thing to early Lep on the disc without coming off as trying to write PYROMANIA pt.2.



For the most part X is very commercial and radio friendly, but it is still an excellent cd nonetheless. It’s been in my player for the past week and I still love it. Buy it, crank it and sit back and enjoy!



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Def Leppard
X
September 2002
Released: 2002, Mercury
Rating: 1.0/5
Reviewer: JP

I spend a lot of time thinking about my reviews, writing them in my mind’s eye ahead of time, before putting thoughts to paper. I gave this album a lot of thought and had a very long review prepared. I had theories about the evolution of Def Leppard, the context in which this new album could be placed in the Def Leppard history and so on. But then it hit me…why? Just because I have the forum write theories about DL doesn’t mean I should. Besides, I figure no one wants to read my long-winded theories about these guys anyway. Sometimes less is more so lets cut to the chase.



This album sucks. Vigorously.



This album of watered down pop rock is fundamentally flawed on almost every level. Let’s start with the boring cover and title. Besides being uninspired and unoriginal they can’t even get the name of their own album right!! The title does not make sense. “X” the Roman numeral is supposedly representing the number ten. Ten what? It is not their 10th release. It is not their 10th studio album. It is not their 10th anniversary. There are not even ten songs on the album! I ask again, ten what? Why is it called ten? That is just stupid. The band can’t even count now? I know! It has been 10 years since the band last made a decent album (Adrenalize in 1992).



The band now looks and sounds like a boy band and it is painfully obvious that Def Leppard is now unashamedly targeting the teenage girl market. Even the heaviest song on the CD (and I use that term lightly) could barely qualify as hard rock. I am a chump. I watched the news of the upcoming album with anticipation and like a fool, I fell for the label and band hype suggesting is would be a heavy return to the roots.



Listening to Def Leppard is like a watching a loved one die a long slow painful death from cancer. I carried some sense of optimistic hope and believed that the band managed to (barely) stave off death with Euphoria. I thought this would at very least be the first if somewhat painful step in a long road to recovery for this terminal patient. Are they dead yet? No. Is this the last nail in the coffin? Not quite. There is a glimmer of life to been found within the song structures, some vague memory of rock harmonies and melodies hence saving this CD from getting the dreaded zero and flat-line status.



My prognosis is that this band desperately has to come back with a long, long-overdue, crushing, triple live CD that might revitalize this fading entity. Then and only them can they shake a 10 year history of bad mistakes, poor decisions, and finally perhaps start on the road to recovery. Will this happen? Unlikely because hundreds of thousands of teenage girls just went and bought this CD giving the band another few years of life. The sad thing is, the patient doesn’t even realize they are sick. Shame.
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Joe Elliot-vocals
Vivian Campbell-guitar
Phil Collen-guitar
rick Savage-bass
Rick Allen-drums

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