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Hysteria

Def Leppard

1987

Hysteria

Album Summary

Hysteria is the fourth studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 3 August 1987 through Mercury Records. It is Def Leppard's best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart.Hysteria was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen, referring to his 1984 car accident, the amputation of his arm, and the ensuing worldwide media coverage surrounding it. It is the last album to feature guitarist Steve Clark before his death, although songs co-written by him would appear on the band's next album, Adrenalize.The album is the follow-up to the band's 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Hysteria's creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of drummer Rick Allen's accident that cost him his left arm on 31 December 1984. Subsequent to the album's release, Def Leppard published a book titled Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story, written by Rolling Stone magazine senior editor David Fricke, on the three-year recording process of Hysteria and the tough times the band endured through the mid-1980s. Lasting 62 minutes and 32 seconds, the album is the band's longest to date.

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Rating

3.2

Votes

5360

Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Metal
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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Where Pyromania had set the standard for polished, catchy pop-metal, Hysteria only upped the ante. Pyromania's slick, layered Mutt Lange production turned into a painstaking obsession with dense sonic detail on Hysteria, with the result that some critics dismissed the record as a stiff, mechanized pop sellout (perhaps due in part to Rick Allen's new, partially electronic drum kit). But Def Leppard's music had always employed big, anthemic hooks, and few of the pop-metal bands who had hit the charts in the wake of Pyromania could compete with Leppard's sense of craft; certainly none had the pop songwriting savvy to produce seven chart singles from the same album, as the stunningly consistent Hysteria did. Joe Elliott's lyrics owe an obvious debt to his obsession with T. Rex, particularly on the playfully silly anthem "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and the British glam rock tribute "Rocket," while power ballads like "Love Bites" and the title track lack the histrionics or gooey sentimentality of many similar offerings. The strong pop hooks and "perfect"-sounding production of Hysteria may not appeal to die-hard heavy metal fans, but it isn't heavy metal -- it's pop-metal, and arguably the best pop-metal ever recorded. Its blockbuster success helped pave the way for a whole new second wave of hair metal bands, while proving that the late-'80s musical climate could also be very friendly to veteran hard rock acts, a lead many would follow in the next few years.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Seven singles. Seven goddamn singles on this record. That’s insane. And thanks to a very kind and awesome 5th grade teacher who let us listen to cassettes during class… I have these tunes ingrained in my membrane. I “sang” Pour Some Sugar on Me over the phone to my first girlfriend at her request. She dumped me the next day. Okay, the timing here’s not exactly true but it didn’t last and it couldn’t last because when all is said and done, Love Bites. (At least in the 5th grade.)

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Thu Feb 03 2022
1

I have a weird relationship with rock music. The majority of my favorite albums EVER belong to rock and its subgenres. I love rock!! However, a lot of the biggest rock bands ever are bands I don't enjoy in the slightest. When you say you like rock, a lot of people think of these arena bands from the 80s, like Def Leppard or Bon Jovi. But this is EXACTLY what I DON'T mean when I say I love rock. These 80s pop hair-metal bands do not sound good. The way they overproduce their music is sickening; it's really too much. It's irritatingly poppy. The music is engineered to be sickeningly cheesy and sweet. These bands are obsessed with their cool image more than anything, and it shows. Every single song is a painfully cliché and cringeworthy "anthem", and they're all indistinguishable from the others. The lyrics are uninspired. The formula is so overdone here. It's exactly like Halloween candy: a piece of candy is fine once in a while, but once you grow out of adolescence, the thought of eating a bucket full of candy in one night makes you want to vomit. This album is a bucket full of cheap, over-processed junk candy, and it was really hard to enjoy more than a minute of it, let alone a whole hour of it.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

This is a fun one. Just ridiculous 80s butt rock and soft metal. Tons of great shredders and power ballads. Kinda weird that they are an English band though. They would like they are straight from the sunset strip to me.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

In 2022 ‘Hysteria’ feels like the most ridiculous album. It sounds all of the $4.5 million that it reportedly cost to make. It’s shiny, gleaming, glossy, expansive, excessive, bloated, monolithic…over produced, probably 20 minutes too long; and yet I still really like it because despite all my criticisms, the album is a heap of big, dumb fun. It reaches for your jugular, doesn’t let go for the duration, and demands you have a good time, which ultimately you will. Truly ‘Hysteria’ is to hair metal what ‘Thriller’ is to pop.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Massively clichéd, ludicrous lyrics, teenage hair metal, pointless forgettable solos and generally indistinguishable from a dozen other 1980s middle of the road rock bands, (in this case from Sheffield but trying to sound like Americans). It's OK in small doses, just letting it wash over, but nothing stands out or grabs my attention; the songs aren't strong enough to transcend the limitations of the genre. Plastic rock.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
2

I really don't want my metal to sound acceptable to my mother. Give me more Slayer and less Bon Jovi. And NWOBHM is the single worst name for a musical movement ever, so it is a no from me.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Great Album, each song is good and sounds like it belongs into a huge stadium show and best of playlist. Album itself could do with being 15 min shorter

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Awwww I haven't heard Def Leppard in a long time and this was so much fun to hear again. Perfect bit of hair rock I needed. I ended up listening to the album three times throughout the day. Can't beat a bit of cheese rock to brighten a dull day.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Didn't realize how many Def Leppard songs that I knew came from this album

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Underneath the hood this is a quietly insane record - the kitchen sink production, Joe Elliot's nonsensical stream-of-consciousness lyrics, the mere fact that the drum patterns had to be configured for three limbs - wild. Its subsequent success is the cherry on top. If you don't like melodic hair metal, it's an automatic one or two star, right? I do, though - and all the Mutt Lange bells and whistles are still a pleasure to behold.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Truly a classic

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

More classic tracks than I realised. Pretty good album for their first album with a one armed drummer.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Honestly this is jam packed full of catchy shit. Everything is pretty big, really well-written, perfectly executed, etc ec. The vocal harmonies in particular are where they really stand out I guess - and the way they meld with the guitar melodies so well. Production is flawless, if a little declawed, but it really is just a crystal clear, perfect little slice of late 80s production. It's openly cheesy as shit, just puts itself right out there celebrating the big hair/sleaze look - it's almost like they knew hipsters in 2021 would go into conniptions in the knowledge they can't stop it existing already. ha. Criticisms: Excitable is a dead set awful song, and Don't Shoot Shotgun isn't far behind. Also, it feels like the whole album could have been one long song - great for cohesion, and might have been amazing at 30min... but 60? They could have trimmed the fat and I probably would've given it a 5/5. That being said, it's been fun to listen to this again in full, haven't heard it beyond the hits in a good 10+ years. 4/5.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
2

Pop trying to be metal. I understand why it was popular in its day; tough dudes felt like they could like a "rock" band that still got ladies to shake it. Song writing is solid pop writing and production is over layered and over compressed....but I guess that became the iconic def leppard sound. "Run Riot" had interesting time changes between straight and half time, and the verse also had an interesting odd meter time signature thrown in every 4 bars or so.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

I can no stress this enough...this album is one of the greats. Just a joy to listen to hits that represent an era of rock. This is why this collection of albums was written.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Delicious strong cheese

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

I too am surprised with how much I enjoyed this album! I started off listening to it with my brother on a Thanksgiving road trip. We took turns reading the lyrics and laughing at their silliness; I mean, "Red light, green light, yellow light, go!" says it all. Then the songs started sticking in my head. When we arrived at our destination, I listened to the album again whilst shooting pool—a perfect Def Leppard scenario, I think. And the transition from ironic-love to genuine-love for DL's Hysteria took hold. I began to appreciate the boldest, largest moments on this album just as they're presented ("God of War," for instance, is fan-friggin-tastic!) And soon I was mumbling "Red light, yellow light, green light go" and "You got the peaches, I got the cream" to myself without any concern or conscious, and much to my brother's chagrin. I couldn't exactly explain to him why I all of a sudden thought this album was great, and I agreed fully with all of his complaints. I just liked it! For many of the same reasons he didn't to be honest. So there you have it. I would say this album is too long, because it assuredly is, but it has too be! I couldn't imagine this insane, maximilist, balls-to-the-wall, tongue-not-even-in-mouth-let-alone-cheek, a record being any shorter. What's unfathomable is how tight the songwriting and production still manages to be in spite of all this album's late-80s, obscene, excesses. I can best describe the sound of this album as if the members of Slayer performed an Eagles cover, with, yes, a twist of Michael Jackson. Which, come on! It's so cool! Four stars!

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

the album sounds like the soundtrack of 80s hardrock, not bad nowadays but not exceptionall either

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

Might have had too much rock in my life to give this a great assessment but it didn't rock my socks off.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Monster hooks, monster riffs, monster drum fills - the excess of the 80s are in full effect here. Whereas I tend to ding albums for sounding dated, somehow I enjoyed this album much more than expected - it's so over-the-top 1987. There's even a catch-all political track that encapsulates all of the "foreign threat" fears of the era - terrorism, civil unrest, Cold War, complete with a cameo from Ronald Reagan himself. A perfectly realized time capsule.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

80s hair metal. An expansive sound with massive choruses combined with synth elements. An easy and enjoyable listen, and very 80s. A bit samey though and difficult to remember any particular song, possibly a result of the slick production, within which the actual songs get a bit lost. 3.5/5

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Sat Feb 13 2021
3

It’s the standard later 80’s hair/stadium rock music. It’s fairly uneventful and sounds the same as approximately 100 other rock bands from the time. Thankfully the 80’s finally put an end to the infatuation of band members trying to look and sound overtly feminine more than actually producing interesting music. The only song on this album that stands out from the rest is Love Bites...perhaps it being the only ballad and therefore different to the rest enhances it’s appeal but I genuinely think it’s still a standalone decent effort. Anyhoo...yawn. NEXT!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
2

Oh boy. I listened to this album a lot in high school. Despite the memories and nostalgia associated with this album, and how much I enjoyed it at that time, it's super mediocre. Extra point for nostalgia.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

First listen, but I have long hated "Pour Some Sugar On Me," so this album had an uphill battle to fight. There is obvious craft and passion on display here, but it is not to my taste at all. The polished, squeaky-clean production and the perpetually-horny lyrics just don't jive. There is some enjoyment to be had with catchy melodies and some very nice vocal harmonies. Highlights: "Armageddon It," "Run Riot," "Hysteria," and the intro to "Gods of War".

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Tue Dec 21 2021
2

Hahaha it's like a piss take. I know it wouldn't be at the time, but now? Sheesh. Very much of its era. 80s movie montage. Rockin'. Yeah.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
2

I wandered lonely as a cleft lip baby at a Pretty Little Miss USA competition. "Isn't she brave?", "She's a loser, Janet. An ugly little loser who's ruining the competition for everyone."

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Mon May 10 2021

I'm really hating it and I don't think I'll finish it. This shit is cringey as hell. Some of the guitar work is good though. Hair metal was a mistake and I don't think it's OK. animal is almost not bad. it's growing on me and i want it to stop, love bites.. pour some sucks. Not good overall, maybe influenced some good music.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

This is the first album on this list that I've actually listened to more times than I can easily count. It was my go-to gym album for a while, and I've never grown tired of it. There have been a couple of other easy 5-stars for me, but this was one I could label without needing to listen to it. \m/

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

peak of the genre

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Este álbum es una pasada, de 12 canciones más de un tercio son muy buenas. No sé como no lo había escuchado antes. Ves a ACDC, ves a los Guns, ves a Aerosmith... Milenials descubren el Rock and Roll

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Love it! PSSOM it's such a classic!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

The definitive hard rock of the 80s. Fun songs for a stadium. Great guitar lines, fun melodies, I love this rock music, and always will.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

love it from my teen years

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Amazing album

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Lowkey liked it ngl :)

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Sat May 22 2021
5

Amazing!

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

One of my favorite albums growing up. I saw them a couple of years ago and saw the hysteria tour in charleston wv which was in the round. Top notch 80s album

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Classic.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Bit slow at the start of the second half, but a great finish

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

AMAZING ALBUM

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

The album that got me into music - not a bad song on it - perfect start to finish

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Perfect stadium rock album, consistently brilliant tunes

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

This album fucking SLAPS.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

I came into this album with pretty low expectations, and they were very much blown away. It really feels like an album that defines an era and a genre. It's an incredibly fun listen with very memorable and catchy songs. Sometimes simple is just more fun.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

45. Hysteria - Def Leppard 12 tracks. "Lighter" than their previous albums, this is perfect for me. What they went through during the recording process is astonishing & only serves to make it more significant. One of my favourite albums as an adult, (ignored by younger me). 5/5

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

I love Def Leppard, starting back with High & Dry which should be on this list - it’s my favorite Def Leppard album. Hysteria is also good, love every song on it, but they had a bit more polish to their sound by this time. Still a 5 though!

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

I was raised on 80's hair bands and I adore this album. Means a lot to me. Hot take: Pour Some Sugar On Me might be my least favorite track. Overplayed.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Way better than I was expecting. Recognised several songs from movies. Had a really fun vibe.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

9/10. This had a lot of nostalgic songs for me, and was overall a really fun album.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

I'm very critical of the glam / hair metal movement due to the overcommercialization and generic nature of the songs. I would get so bored scrolling through the Billboard of the 80s and early 90s and hearing formulaic trash. This makes it all the more exciting when you have a quality band that deserves its fame and notoriety, and you start to understand how the genre became so big. Hysteria is Def Leppard's best effort (Pyromania in an assured second), and it stands alongside Van Halen's 1984 and GnR's Appetite as the genre's best albums that predominate rock radio. The production and vocal delivery are top of the notch. It's loud and impressive, never too busy, but still explosive in nature to get me moving. No bad songs, but certainly several weaker tracks. Despite that, the entire side is absolutely perfect. Banger after banger, which is especially impressive considering that goes on for a half hour. Even the mandatory glam metal ballad here "Love Bites" (or is it "Hysteria"?) is incredible. Honestly, the only improvement I could think of is cutting off 2 or 3 songs near the end, which isn't even to justify me not giving it a perfect score.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

This was my lawn mowing cassette as a kid earning that neighbourhood coin. When I saw it on the list, I thought ‘Good, but not amazing’. Wasn’t even gonna listen - I know them all by heart - but then I listened to it. 5 stars. Bravo.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Never thought I'd give Def Leppard a 5 stars...

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Literally one of my favourite classic rock albums of all time. Will never get tired of Def Leppard 😍. So so so good!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Listened to on 3/15/22 4.5/5 Favorite song: pour some sugar on me, animal, love and affection Absolute classic with so many hits - could do without the weird intros for a few songs but also impossible to not bop your head along and want to play air guitar

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Such a good album. If only for Animal which is a masterpiece. Most if my knowledge of Def Leppard (and this album) comes from the Classic Album episode about it where they walk through the making, Rick Allen and his drumming, and how they thought they messed up the order they put out the singles on this one. Really fascinating stuff and I’m definitely going to be watching that again after hearing the album through (Classic Albums I have found is free on TubiTV)

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

4.5

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

I knew this was Def Leppard's biggest album but I didn't realize that basically every song became a classic from Love Bites to Animal to Hysteria to Armageddon It. Lots of bangers and the epitome of hair metal

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Absolute banger

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Tune after Tune after Tune after Tune.....

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

1st album I ever purchased.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Hi- Women, Rocket, Love Bites, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Armageddon It, Hysteria Lo- Gods of War Peak hair metal, fantastically constructed, perfectly executed, excellent in every way. The only reason I didn't enjoy Gods of War is that it really doesn't jive well with the energy of the rest of the album, but even still it isn't a bad track, it's just the rest of the album is so strong.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

Tuve hace muchos años mi época de escuchar Def Leppard y les agarré mucho gusto. Entiendo que en su momento los fans que los conocieron haciendo metal en sus dos primeros discos los hayan odiado un poco cuando lanzaron Hysteria y quizá hasta abandonado por otras bandas, pero visto en retrospectiva este disco es una genialidada: Tomas una banda que hace cosas pesadas y pules el sonido para que alcance a mucho más público, les arreglas un poquito el look para que le gusten a las mujeres, y PUM tienes un disco que rompe records de ventas. Y la neta es que es muy buen disco. No hay rato aburrido porque hasta las baladas pedorras están muy bien hechas y tienen momentos chidos. Mis favoritas creo que son Hysteria, Pour Some Sugar On Me y Animal.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

This gets 5 stars because of so many great memories associated with when this album came out. They released 7(!) singles: all of which got a ton of radio airplay. But I do have to say that the layered harmonies, and the heavy production, haven't aged very well.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Brilliant

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Quintessential 80s metal. It follows "the formula" of all the metal bands - rock, rock, ballad, more rock, then an almost wistful love song. I mean, it works even if it is trite and a bit dated. Hilarious looking back on it that so many people took it seriously when it's so clearly a pastiche.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Way better than I could've thought. Especially on headphones. Insane guitar parts. Great song structure. Incredible production.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

I’m a big fan of Pyromania. Surprisingly I had never listened to this follow up album before. I didn’t realize how many of these songs I remembered from the radio until I started hearing them, so most of the album was at least somewhat familiar. I love that Def Leppard shimmer! ————————————————————————- Random thoughts: Interesting that “Love Bites” originated as a Country Ballad… listening to it now I can hear how that could work. I’m surprised I couldn’t find a country cover. “God of War” shows that anti-war-hair-metal-protest music works! Effective and interesting mixing of tempos, rhythm and melody on songs like “Don’t Shoot Shotgun.” When they start cranking it up you really feel it! “Armageddon It” is possibly the best metal pun ever. I haven’t listened to Hysteria in a long time and was struck by how lovely it is. A lot more going on in this song than I remembered or gave it credit for. ————————————————————————- With age I’ve gained greater appreciation of 80s hair metal and Hysteria is right up there with the best of them! I see a lot more of this in my future.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Copied to cassette from a friend's CD, this one spent a lot of time in my walkman in college. Pour Some Sugar and Armageddon It were constantly on MTV but the rest of the album is just as solid. I love especially all the songs with one-word titles: Women, Rocket, Animal, Hysteria, Excitable. This is some really great 80s hard rock.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

I remember vividly the first time I heard the first single from this album: "Women." I got chills. Mind you, I was barely ten years old. But I'd been listening to Def Leppard (through my older sisters) since they bought the Pyromania LP in 1983. MTV really made Def Leppard for me. And then there was such a long wait... (4 years is a long time when you're ten). The drummer lost an arm... But the video for "Women" came on MTV... I was amazed. Rick Allen playing drums... Joe Eliot looked different. His hair was blonder. Longer. What an album. Every song could be a hit. I think the best one, the most underrated, is "Gods of War." But as a whole, the album is among my favorites.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Pretty amazing pop-hard rock magic. Definitely has it's own sound and lot of catchy tunes. Though absolutely POP, it still holds up well.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Just your average album that makes you rethink what you want to expect from music.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

It's still in regular rotation around here. A great collection of songs. Harmonies and a sound unlike anything before.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

My first Def Leppard album, and a STELLAR introduction. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" is a classic, but my top tracks would probably be "Rocket," "Women," "Love Bites," "Run Riot," "Excitable," and "Armageddon It".

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Thu Oct 08 2020
4

Classic

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

pretty great hard rock album,

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Thu Sep 17 2020
4

Oddly up my alley

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

If I had the power to delete one song from the world's consciousness and ensure it had never been made, Pour Some Sugar On Me would be on the shortlist. So, I entered this one with some trepidation. There are certainly some songs where you have to turn your brain off in order to enjoy it; "Don't Shoot Shot Gun" is an easy target, but see also Armageddon It. The lyrics are so inane they almost ruin an incredible sounding song. That's the thing, though - outside of the sugar song, it sounds amazing. A great album for background listening. I'm glad that this project forced me to take another look at this one. Best track: Gods of War

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Hyvä levy ja kuunteli mielellään alusta loppuun. Näitä on tullut aikoinaan pyöriteltyä veljen LP-soittimella.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Side one of this album is damn near untouchable. If they moved the title track to after "Gods of War" and then ended the album, it's a contender for 5 stars. But it's just too long, with few of the later songs not standing out too much. Overall though, very good.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Undeniably fun to listen to

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Recognize some of these songs. Great listen if in the mood for heavy metal.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Really solid classic rock

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Classic 70s/80s (harder) rock band.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Rocks

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Really enjoyed this one, for all its cheesy hooks, big choruses, guitar riffs. Solid album in this genre.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Another rock album that hits the perfect spot (not too heavy, not too light). It's an hour long album with 5 mega hits and most of the other songs are almost equally good just not on the same level of popularity. There was like 1 song which I was meh about and that's impressive on an hour long album.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

En klassiker med många sönderspelade spår. En av lätt, effektiv lyrik och svängiga riffs.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Rockkk

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Mon May 03 2021
4

cool

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Mon May 03 2021
4

amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed the 80s sound of this, really cool :D

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Loved it

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

Man there are more hits on this album than I realized. Knew the songs but not the names. These were crazy hits at the time are are still essential party jams.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

A favourite from my childhood - great album

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

one extra star for nostalgia

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Very nice riffs

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Damn good

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

good album

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

En el seu moment recordo que sonava com cap altra cosa. Posar-se 'Rocket', 'Animal', 'Women', 'Love Bites'... era espectacular, un viatge a un terreny desconegut però increïble. Després de tants anys, em continua semblant igual d'original. Ja no té el mateix efecte, però continua sent una de les obres mestres del rock dels 80. No és perfecte perquè la segona cara perd una mica de força, però tot i així.... déu n'hi dó

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

heavy de los 80

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

good fun

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

The drummer from Def leopard only has one arm. But. I saw them at the Wolverhampton civic hall and they rocked hard. Were supported by the darkness too. This album is too slick and not hard rocking enough for 5*.

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Sat May 22 2021
4

This was pretty good. Whole album is a fun listen.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Dit leunt dichter aan bij Pop dan bij Hardrock. Op een festivalweide zou ik hier enorm van genieten. Op album komt het net wat minder over

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Tue May 04 2021
4

leuke, opgewerkte rock.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Nice album, full of energy and fun songs. Feels like something that should be enjoyed live.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

This was actually great! Really good fun.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

This is some good rock, Pour Some Sugar on Me? Banger, if not a little strange to play in public but a good song.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Lived it in late 80s as a child, still do now although I haven't listened to this in about 25 years!

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Already had this album added to my library. Such a classic! So many greats songs, my favorite being the cliché “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. Something about it that isn’t necessarily a 5, but still very solid!

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Mon May 03 2021
4

An excellent example of 80s hair metal! Yes, it is cheesy and repetitive, but is it fun and holds a real sense of nostalgia for me, being an 80s baby.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

classic, but still 80s rock

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Sehr gutes Hard Rock Album

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Legendary album. Kind of holds up. Lots of songs with three words.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

classic kick ass rock and roll. a guilty pleasure!

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Good

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Fun, but all the songs are too long

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

I've associated Def Leppard with being stripper music for a while, and kind of assumed it was all just middle of the road AOR. However, I properly enjoyed this album. It's a but dated and probably pretty sexist, but the tracks are all decent and well written. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Un bon album rock plein de clasiques. 4.5

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

It might be samey. The parts of the songs might not flow super well between each other at times. It is certainly so dated that I feel like my hair is starting to tease itself up in true 80's fashion. But my god if it ain't some of the most fun music out there.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Not for me

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Sleazy and packed full of iconic riffs.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Everything here works, even the vocal which should annoy me but doesn’t.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Good stuff! I only listened to the first few though

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

I liked this more than expected. Great production. The title track is quite pleasant. One of the tracks had *all* of the production tricks and was a bit much.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

A pretty great album absolutely packed full of hits. Six recognized songs

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Quintessential 80s stadium rock. This album is full of sing-along classics and they get an extra star because the drummer has one arm

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Fantastic! Loved it

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

It was pretty fun, very much of its time.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Great stuff! I hadn't really given this band the time of day besides "Pour some sugar on me" the single but I enjoyed this. I don't know about listening to it all the time, it might be past it's time but it's nice to spend some time with it.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Genre not my cup of tea but easily listenable

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

This is a classic 80s rock album. I heard this a lot growing up through older family members loving it. Objectively, probably not a 5 star album, but all tracks are really really good and some catchy radio friendly tunes in there for good measure.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

4.5/5 nice one! Who would have thought!

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Cheesy but fun!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

7.5

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

-I like all the rock references in "Rocket" -"Run Riot," which had great drum-heavy parts, stood out -Obvioualy I've heard "Pour Some Sugar On Me" -The Wikipedia said every song was written as a potential single, and I can definitely hear that. Every song is very anthemic and independent. A solid collection of fun ahir metal tracks

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Bitchin'. I really dig it

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Great albums with a lot of awesome classics.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

pretty good, I’m a sucker for 80s rock 8/10

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

listened to it all, didnt dislike any of it. Was in background tho lmao

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

This was a tough one to rate. I really like a lot of the songs on this album, but there are others which just are very dull and a skip. I think overall the great songs overpower the filler tracks though. You have to be in the mood for this type of cheesy rock, if you are you'll be in for a ride.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Actually quite enjoyed this one. Was a very accessible style of rock and would like to give it another listen

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Classic Rock royalty, exactly what you'd expect out of a rock album from the 80s

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

I can't believe how much I enjoyed this, firmly going on the guilty pleasure list.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Origunal, quite hard, bit psychadelic

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Really like the Def Leppard sound. This is my favorite album of theirs. Every song sounds like a single. 3.5/5

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Bop after bop. This album fucks. This album is your dad. Say hi to your mother for me.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Back in the day I invented a subgenre for Def Leppard and Van Halen: they were walkman metal. I sensed that, having incorporated synths, they sounded great on tape and with headphones on. But so does Run DMC's Raising Hell. To this day I prefer listening to these albums on tape.  Ok, it's all too cheesy, but then again, that's the point and you know what you are in for. 

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

80s classic

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

80s Poodle-hair rock, but at the better end of the spectrum. Marvellous.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

I really loved this album. Lots of nostalgia from grade school and even though I have heard Pour some sugar on me a million times I still think its a great 80s rock song. Animal is also a great track.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Muy bueno

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Sun May 01 2022
4

not my gender but a good album

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Mon May 09 2022
4

I used to lump hair metal in with nu metal and pop punk for lame mainstream/pop styles of rock that I had no use for. And while there have been exceptions for all three, I’ve gravitated more towards glam metal towards the other two. There’s no pretension in most of these bands, just good times and solid hooks. That said, it took a while for me to get into Hysteria the album. I much preferred the Lep’s harder rocking earlier stuff, and while I still do, I dig most of this now. This is 80’s production excess at its highest caliber, and the levels Mutt Lange went to is insane. The title track is especially a favorite, probably their best song. I feel like Billy Corgan has spent his entire career trying to write a melody like this, but hasn’t come close. B

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Sun May 22 2022
4

Nice to listen to at work - 80’s rock 👍🏻

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Tue May 31 2022
4

Мне нравится хард-рок. Музыка 80-ых. Сочетание классное, не ожидал :)

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

A bona fide classic rock classic! The greatest band named after a big cat with hearing problems to feature a one-armed drummer. I know and love a lot of their classic hits, but not sure if I've truly listened to an album before. I really enjoyed this one, had a few hits I knew and plenty of songs new to me that I enjoyed as well. Despite obviously being a hard rock/'80s hair metal type band, they've got some excellent melodies on a lot of these deeper cuts. I wouldn't mind more from these guys, this one bangs. Favorite tracks: Pour Some Sugar on Me, Rocket, Animal, Armageddon It, Run Riot. Album art: Really fantastic cover, this one is a classic for me. Love anything retrofuturistic like this, and the colors really pop. 4.5/5

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

One of my favorite Def Leppard albums. I don't love every song but there are so many anthems on this album. Animal, Love Bites, Pour Some Sugar, Armageddon It, Don't Shoot Shotgun. This may have been the album that made me a fan of them. Classic stadium rock of the 80's that you don't see much anymore.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Great tunes and guitars.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

As someone who likes rock, hard rock, and pop rock, this album was very easy to listen to, being a sort of combination of all three. None of the tracks really stood out (except for maybe "Pour Some Sugar On Me"), but everything sounded great. I can't see anyone disliking this music unless any of the above genres already don't appeal to them.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Good but not great.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Really good, but perhaps mostly nostalgia.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

80s metal in a perfectly distilled package. I saw this tour, it was as glitzy and flashy and hairy as you can imagine. But this album absolutely rocks. Even manages to pull off the metal ballad, not always a sure thing at all.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Enjoyed it!

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Big hair, big riffs, poppy choruses. According to Wikipedia this album upset Def Leppard purists which brings me joy and one extra star

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

This was the first album I ever bought. Eight years old, WHSmith in Barnstaple. It terrified me (I was a sensitive kid). I rediscovered it about 12 years ago and appreciated it more. It's anthemic stadium rock delivered so slickly that you don't realise how moronic the whole endeavour is.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Bitchin'. 4.5 stars

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

"Hysteria" is 100% rock anthems and power ballads and that's alright by me. It's a total radio-metal cheesefest and I don't even care. The cheese factor is mitigated by a saw-blade edge that's not present on earlier DL albums. That edge is led by Joe Elliot's vocals. He really hit his peak on Hysteria. The rest of the band follows suit and puts just a little more oomph into their work leading to a fist-pumping performance that almost makes you forget that the lyrics to EVERY SONG are utterly inane. I mean really stupid stuff. But here's the thing: it doesn't matter. It never did matter. Joe Elliot and his boys knew it didn't matter when they wrote the songs. All that mattered was that people would get amped when the songs came on the radio. So that's what they wrote: radio-metal rock anthems and innuendo-laden power ballads. And I don't even care. It's a blast.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

The drummer from Def Leppard only has one arm. But, this album is an asskicking jam from start to finish

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

All around fun album

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Pours some suga on myself

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Fun cock rock

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

The front half of this album is incredible. Rocket - Animal - love bites -sugar is a ridiculous run of songs. 2nd half of the album is good but doesnt come close to the 1st half. How do they only have 6 million listeners on spotify??? GAS 8/10

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Really enjoyed this album and I don’t really listen to rock. Really liked women, gods of war and hysteria

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Lots of B-list bangers on this one Stadium rock is fun; love how big the sound is They figured out how to make the synth and guitar play nice with each other All the singles have a hook that slaps Vocal harmonies are so catchy Animal took 3 years to write; Pour Some Sugar on Me took 2 weeks Didn't Rick Allen have two arms on their last album?

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Not usually my thing but I looked quite a few songs on this album, especially "Love Bites" and "Armageddon it". Some parts of the album weren't for me personally, but I can recognise the appeal. Solid album

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Glam rock-metal. Varios megahits. Un 4.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

80's hair metal at it's finest. Clean layering gives it a pop, glam feel. Standouts "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Animal", "Women".

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Yeah, cool. Classic brit rock. The hairdos - classic. The sound - classic. The one-armed drummer - amazing. Some crackin' tunes in here. Stand out tracks: Pour Some Sugar On It, Love Bites, Hysteria.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Just a good rock album, great guitar and vocals

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

This is one of the first rock albums I remember as a kid, or other kids talking about - the full album, not just a song or two. I think I was 9 years old. For the next few years all air band skits included at least one group of kids doing Pour Some Sugar on Me or Rocket or Armageddon It, with everyone wanting to be the one armed drummer. Weird how music gets around and grows into something big. I will always prefer the more complicated style of 90's grunge and alternative to the try to please everybody style of 80's hair metal, but this was one of the finest versions of 80's drugs, sex, and rock and roll (and bubblegum). Only now do I know how much studio production was used to generate the sound; otherwise, I know it as an album full of massive hits. Sell outs or not, it is 7 songs before reaching a song that is just so-so. The first half is an awesome ride. Too bad they didn't just throw in Hysteria and call it a day as a 7-track album, because the second half is a bit soft. I mean, it rolls right along with the vibe, so fits nicely if you're listening cover to cover. But even I have to admit it's a lot of cheese and I don't know if you'd really care about most of the second half songs if you heard them one-off. I wanna give it a 5 because it's such a fun, rocking album but it gets downgraded to just under 4.5 for the cheese.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

I had forgotten how much of this album I knew and how much of a triumph it was for it to come out. The album really rocks, and it isn't until you get to the second side do you get a clunker or two. I only have the album before it ("Pyromania") but this was a great follow-up. The electronic drumwork was a real technological breakthrough. Musicianship was great. I remember not being a fan of the vocals as much, there was a bit of the way Joe Elliott was singing on some of the songs bothered me, and I can't say what it was. But now I seem to be over it. Good stuff.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Glam metal, rock, ochentero.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Pretty good classics

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Minder 13 in een dozijn dan ik dacht, goed album.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

This was not my jam when it was originally released. In the right mood, I could have some fun with it, but didn't love much of Def Leppard. Now, I find it much more fun...probably the nostalgia helping bump it up to the next level for me.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Solid rockin' fun!

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Well. I wasn’t thrilled when this popped up in the list, but god damnit, there are TONS of bangers on this bad boy

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

“And I want, and I need, and I list, animal” the play with words and how they sound is amazing. Love the fills and the call & response. The production elements for this album are top notch.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

I really liked this album, it reminded me of my mom and experiences of listening to Pour Some Sugar on Me on the radio.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

The hits (of which there are many) are fine, but the b-sides are what make this album worth listening to. Not a masterpiece album, but a great product of its time.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

I have to say I'm unironically a Def Leppard fan now. This album wasn't as good as Pyromania, I thought it was a little too long, and honestly, "pour some sugar on me" felt like an odd duck in the middle of the album. Overall though, I really appreciate what they're going for. They were the top of their genre.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Never been a Def Leopard fan but everyone around me seems to have been. Never owned the shirt or a jean jacket with the back patch of the album cover...but I will be damned if I don't know pretty much every song on this album and that says something...

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Sure it's cliché, corny and dated... but goddamn it still rocks! 🤘

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Rough as usual but energetic

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

80/100: This is a great album, it's always a blast listening to it; however, every time I listen to Def Leppard, I always come back to the same complaint. Why the hell is Def Leppard so goddamn horny. I suppose this was a trend amongst many 80's rock bands, but it really begs the question: why was it cool to sing about being desperately horny? Don't get me wrong, "Love Bites" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" are both absolutely fantastic songs. The guitar riff during tghe chorus of "Love Bites" is one of my favorite riffs of all time. But, my god, both songs can basically be stripped down to "I'm horny I wanna fuck you so bad it'll feel so good" with really cool guitar riffs and drum fills in the background. It just feels awkward to listen to at times. I'm thankful music has moved away from this weird obsession with describing love through the lens of sexual intimacy, because, for me at least, it's incredibly off-putting. With that being said, this is still, musically, a very well put together album chock full of hits.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Classic album. I’ve already listened to this hundreds of times. Saw them on the tour supporting this album back in the late 1980s. My favorite song is Hysteria my least listened to song would be excitable or run riot. While all songs “fit” this album, those two are my least favorite. Great album that is a super quick listen because it is easy on the ears.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Solid 80s up beat pop rock

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Solid classic rock!

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