Released: 2002, Bludgeon Riffola / Mercury
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!