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Pyromania

Def Leppard

1983

Pyromania

Album Summary

Pyromania is the third studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 20 January 1983 through Vertigo Records in UK and Europe and through Mercury Records in the US. The first album to feature guitarist Phil Collen who replaced founding member Pete Willis, Pyromania was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album was a shift away from the band's traditional heavy metal roots toward a more radio-friendly sound, finding massive mainstream success. Pyromania charted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, No. 4 on the Canadian RPM Album chart and No. 18 on the UK Albums Chart. Selling over ten million copies in the US, it has been certified diamond by the RIAA.

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Rating

3.14

Votes

4455

Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Metal
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Sat Aug 20 2022
1

I always wanted to know what an album with one armed drummer sounded like. But not this badly. Got through 3 songs.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

I've never been able to think of Def Leppard as anything other than a joke, this album is a big reason why. Look at that cover, this band looks metal! Wait, what? It's just a bunch of pop songs? Okay. Well, congrats on your immense wealth and popularity!

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Perfection

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

Making heavy metal accessible for the masses! Love this album almost as much as I did 40 years ago. High and Dry is their best album though!

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Tue May 17 2022
5

+Photograph, Too Late for Love, Foolin', Rock of Ages, Comin' Under Fire, Billy's Got a Gun Deliberate, precise, measured, exact...these are not words we normally use to describe hard rock, but Def Leppard isn't like other schlock rockers; They use musical theory, chord progression, harmony, and song structure to produce a glisteningly crystal-clear product that is chock full of production value, addictive progressions, and perfectly-balanced mixing. There just isn't another act out there that can so pull off what Def Leppard does, album after album, and make it look so easy in the process.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

Definitely an album to rock out to.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

This is a classic from my childhood. Growing up, by older sister had the vinyl LP. Everything about it, from the music, the cover art, and the videos on MTV, fascinated me. Joe Elliot was the king of cool in my book. I used to love the part of the "Rock of Ages" video when he had the broadsword and it turned into a guitar. Too friggin cool. It was a fantastic balance of heavy/hard rock and melodic pop. I still love it.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Incredible

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Gotta love Def Leppard

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

This album is both amazing and a total baffler. It's basically a perfect little slice of pop-meets-rock with the big choruses, mutt lang production and technical skill to pull it all off. But the first song is legit terrible. I don't even know why it's on the album at all, let alone why they'd want it to be the first thing anyone hears. Oh, and let's be real: most of us would be surprised to learn that this was BEFORE the drummer got his arm cut off, because it still sounds like it was written with a one-armed man in mind. At least he didn't have to really relearn much to play it live. Maybe Joe Elliott is actually Nostradamus and predicted the accident along with 9/11 on the album cover LOL! haha, 9/11 jokes aside, this album is great. 5/5.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Great rock album

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

Excellent album

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

10/10. Straight up classic. Ion even like rock but I adore this shit.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

AWE YEAH! LIT

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

The album where Def Leppard began to tip the scales from cool rocker baddasses to pop-star overplayed media darlings. Some good stuff here. Some not so good. Probably a 3.5 and rounding up because their previous album, “High n Dry” got me reprimanded by a school board member for excessive noise at a HS baseball game.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Loved this when it first came out, haven’t listened to it for about 20 years and sadly it hasn’t aged well. It’s the genesis of commercial DL, you can hear their distinctive sound within the album. Still I would give it a 4 because there were tracks on it that were still very listenable

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Sat May 21 2022
4

This is one of the albums on this list that I know well already. I think every song is great and it is enjoyable from start to finish. "The extra instrumental track at the end of 'Billy's Bot A Gun' has been called either 'The March Of The Dreaded Zultrons' or 'The March Of The Wooden Zombies' by different band members. The sound is Rick Allen putting random numbers into a Linn drum machine, later added to by the band and Mutt" (http://www.deflepparduk.com/album3.html) Classics: Photograph, Rock Rock, Too Late For Love, Foolin', Rock of Ages,. 4.5/5

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Sat Aug 20 2022
2

Pre-1001 I probably would have listed pop-metal as my least favourite genre, but now there are so many others competing for that spot. Kicking off with a song title like "Rock Rock til you Drop" assures a maximum score of a two in my books though I have to admit "Photograph" isn't my least favourite radio hit of the early 80s, so a one was averted.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

its big cock rock and its cheesy and dumb. some of it is fun guitar rock, but most of it belongs dedass in the past.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
1

Oh boy I thought Iron Maiden was a joke, this is even less funny. Everything about this, the the cover, album title and the arrangements all scream cliche'd overwrought commercial metal. It is truly execrable.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
1

If you like Butt Rock, this turd is a gem.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

old favorite

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

🟦 92 🥇 Photograph 🥈 Rock Rock (Till You Drop) 🥉 Rock of Ages

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Probably a 4⭐️ but it’s getting the full 5 because Def Leppard are awesome

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

I was surprised for it to be this good! I thought it would be corny and although it feels a lot like ACDC it has a charm of it’s own

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

Absolutely love Def Leppard. Brilliant album

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Okay so this may have the best album cover of all time? Why did nobody warn me? Yes it's hair metal. Sometimes you really want to listen to hair metal. Foolin' is obviously an all timer. Die Hard the Hunter was awesome too. All the tracks were at least okay-to-good.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Heavy metal. Ningún megahit. Un 4.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Turns out I recognized more tracks on this than I thought. Hard one for me to be objective about.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

To be honest, this one was way better than I expected. Perhaps my expectations were low because two of the best known songs from the album (Photograph and Rock Of Ages) were by far the worst tracks in my opinion. But the less poppy parts of the album were a lot of fun and I ended up enjoying the album quite a bit!

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Jævlig bra

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Encara superarien quatre anys després el que aquí ofereixen, tant a nivell de producció com de composició, però això no treu que 'Pyromania' sigui un dels àlbums de l'anomenat pop metal més singulars i rellevants que existeixen. Deixaven enrera el seu passat NWOBHM i s'embarcaven en un viatge per conquerir el món de la música dels '80. Ha superat la prova del temps i temes com 'Photograph', 'Rock of Ages', 'Too Late for Love' o 'Foolin'' sempre són igual de benvinguts que el sol després de la pluja

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Tue May 10 2022
4

Really potent compared to Hysteria, and has a lot of potential. Still too samey for a 5.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Good but nothing amazing, I had fun listening to it.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

4 oder mehr

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Another fun one. A little bit silly but unarguably fun.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

It was a good album. Fun to listen to and relatively short. Many of the songs sounded familiar, although several of the songs sounded the same.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

Great memories!

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Proto-butt rock! Sounds like Bon Jovi at times. AC/DC at other times. Throw in a little Motley Crue. This is some serious nostalgia shit right here. It's corny but I love it.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Solid

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

80s rock and roll marked a massive deviation from the 70s. The influence of disco and warm recordings gave way to a resurgence of blues and stadium feels. Def Leppard was not an exception here, borrowing the wailing vocals of Led Zeppelin and the commanding guitars of Jimmy Page, Def Leppard changed it up and defined the 80s sound of rock by using background vocals to sing the choruses, ushering what would most certainly be the theme of 1980s metal, and that is writing what essentially is an anthem. Songs that could be sung for a crowd, by the crowd. "Rock of Ages", "Photograph", both songs create that feel of not just a hit single, but a rallying cry of sorts, something that as fans of Def Leppard, brought people together. This was the strangely optimistic theme of the decade and the band did it well. Overall the album is heavy when it needs to be, and expressive of the decade it was recorded where a new cool was being formed, and for that it earns its place in 1001.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Pretty awesome heavy metal album

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

This album is great! Every song is a great song to rock out to and I am very sad I missed them on the stadium tour!

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Listen, I know this is straight-up bubblegum pop hairmetal. None of these lyrics are going to challenge anyone and there's nothing surprising on the album. But damn if it isn't a whole lot of fun. It's also a rare example of an album where the b-side tracks hit so much better than the a-sides. I mean, "Foolin'," "Rock of Ages," and "Billie's Got A Gun" all on the same side? That's a lot of fun relegated to the flip. I sure can't justify a 5-star review here. It's just not that good. But it's too fun for a 3-star. So here we are. 4 stars for you, you silly brits.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

Very fun, even though there is not a lot of substance.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

Maybe I was being unfair to Def Leppard. This album rocks

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Nice to hear a Def Leppard album. The only time I saw the band was in 2006 or so. I was in the front row and center with a buddy and ended up partying in the hotel room with one of the guys from the band in New Orleans. It was an epic and unforgettable night. I enjoyed this album quite a bit!

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Many months ago I gave Def Leppard's Hysteria the full 5 stars. They were more ambitious in Hysteria, but every other strength I found in Hysteria can also be found here. They truly represent the anthemic pop sound that glam metal aimed to stand for in the 80s. The production is super clean (apparently the drums were sampled), and the delivery is perfect to rock and sing along to, especially on the vocals. I noticed there's a stronger heavy metal influence on tracks like "Stagefright", and does get a bit prog in tracks like "Die Hard the Hunter." There are several duds in this album. Just like Hysteria, the last few tracks aren't very good, except they're actually generic duds here ("Billy's Got a Gun" is decent with cool effects). Otherwise, it's a great record all throughout just like Hysteria but with weaker songs.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

I don’t know it’s fun but kinda dumb 7/10

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

Th first thing to comment is that this album is prior to Rick Allen's accident, which, while it was a tragedy for Rick, definately contributed to Def Leppard creating a unique sound on later albums. As such this is pretty standard 'hair metal' of the early/mid eighties. Well produced, well performed and one of the best of it's type, but nothing really exceptional. Hysteria and Adrenalize are much more impressive works. Yes it (and they) will be criticised as being 'poppy' but music does not always have to be serious and cutting edge, sometimes it can be, and should be, just pure fun - which this is.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

Walked 3 miles one way to the mall to buy this album when I was 14. Probably 3.5 but 4 for nostalgia.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

What an absolute monster. Great 80’s rock riffs and sound.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Another from the panther with hearing difficulty! I can comfortably say I enjoyed Hysteria more, but this one is really solid too. Some classic bangers like "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages," plus a couple other songs I will keep in the playlist. They aren't the most sophisticated band, but they get the hits right. I can't imagine we'd have more than these two albums on here, but we shall see. Great listen though! Favorite tracks: Photograph, Rock of Ages, Too Late for Love, Foolin. Album art: God I hope this isn't one of the twin towers, like that ominous Jeru cover. But no, the art style is cool here, a sniper scope zoomed in on a burning/exploding building. It's one I've seen hundreds of times. Strong framing/font too. Very nice. 4/5

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

A classic rock album with some fantastic songs. Photograph, Rock of Ages, and Foolin' are my favs from this one. The rest aren't very memorable but they are still good to listen to. I think this makes two Def Leppard albums on this list too so glad to see them return.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

very good

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

7/10. Continually taken aback that I like Def Leppard. That said, this album had some issues, namely that two songs tried to have a runtime well over 4 minutes, which is way longer than I want to listen to a single Def Leppard song.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

I figured this would be some tired dad rock bullshit given the repetoire of these bands but it's pretty fresh. It's got way more replay than I expected.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Awesome slice of '80s metal!

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

I find this album a bit tough to rate. It's a fun album to be sure, with several radio hits, and a collection of lesser songs that hold up pretty well. I think it's also possible that this album is culturally significant, in that it was one of the earliest works that made the metal genre palatable to the mainstream, though there were also many steps in that process. I don't know how actually groundbreaking this album is, in that it presented a more mainstream version of a genre that was already well on its way, but I also don't think that pop music should be scored more poorly just because it is easier for lots of people to enjoy. It's fun, it's worth a listen. You're probably not going to learn anything about the metal genre from listening to it, but that's also probably not why you are listening to Def Leppard in the first place 4/5

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Hard rock pure sang.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

Solid classic rock goodness. Kinda surprised to see this was 1983 by the time Def Leppard was apparently making themselves more "radio-friendly", but my '90s kid brain has a skewed perspective of where music friends fall on the timeline, I guess. Hopefully there's some earlier Leppard in the 1001 for me to compare this to.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Cool upbeat rock, if we’re limited to 1-5 stars exactly and if the ‘like’ range will generally be 3 or 4 this is definitely in the 4 category. Enjoyable and entertaining

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

A fine hard rock album. Not a huge fan of Def Leopard, but I certainly appreciate what they do.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Pretty solid, I can see why these guys were so big in the 80’s.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

4/5 Ich kenne das Album schon. Bin trotzdem hyped

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

What do I say about this? It's not metal, but did it claim to be? Kind of? This is pop glam. And it's pretty damn good for what it is. I have no problems with this being a fantastic example of it's genre and time.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Catchy tunes and an energetic band aside, Mutt Lange is an absolute genius. His talent and perfect timing pushed all the right buttons right when the rock world needed it. This album still holds up in the 2022s. Some of the songs come off as pure cheese, yet...I would be remiss if I didn't give this 4/5.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Grew up on these guys. Still a good listen

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Lil strange, but good

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Pretty damn good

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

30th September 2022 Listened during the day while working from home. Went out for dinner at Bhoomi for our birthdays. Love a bit of big hair glam rock and Leppard deliver it in spades.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

It may be unfair to say that Robert "Mutt" Lang did for Def Leppard what he did for AC/DC. However, in both cases he took the bands standard material, pushed for a higher overall quality (and some writer credits in the process) and made it sound huge. In both cases it was enormously effective. Essential hard rock power pop (even for those like me who don't love the genre).

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Hysteria was my first introduction to DL as a teenager, but this album had the hits that I kept coming back to as an adult. The rest of the album is a bit of a hard rock/pop metal hodge-podge, and it’s still a wonder to me that the percussion sounds here (done by a drummer with two arms) sound very much the same as Hysteria (done by a drummer with one arm).

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Just a bit of fun

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Riffs kick ass

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Loved it! Can’t go wrong with most 80’s music!

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Rock rock, Photograph, Too late for love, Foolin

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

A classic of the hard rock sphere. Can't help but love it!

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Great 80s rock... Photograph is fantastic. I hadn't heard anything else on this album before.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

When this album came out it was so unique and amazing. I have heard it SO many times over the years. I think it is still great, but maybe not as great as I thought it was in the 80s. 4/5

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I really love this album but objectively it's a 4* due to a few filler tracks

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Nothing special - I enjoyed it but it’s a low 4 star album.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Good good album. Great.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Identifying Def Leppard : it’s Def Leppard

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Tue Apr 05 2022
3

Rock ochentero, de película de los 80s, instituto.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
3

sounds like guns n' roses

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Can't deny that it's great stuff. A bit tired of it tho

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Tue Apr 12 2022
3

this was rock music

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Tue Apr 19 2022
3

Ihan vänkä ja tasavahva levykokonaisuus

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Tue Apr 19 2022
3

Vähän pliisua menoa, mutta ihan soivaa rockia silti.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Middling hair metal. The best song is probably 'photograph", but I prefer the Santana version of that as well. I was very surprised to hear the sample from "pretty fly for a white guy" at the start or "rock of ages", but mostly because there is not other obvious influence on the offspring by Def Leppard

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

Some of the songs are really good. These guys are seen as heavy metal gods but they sound like a classic hair metal band. There are other metal bands which are far more dark or metal.

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Tue May 10 2022
3

Some great songs here, both in the singles and deep album cuts, but overall it is less consistent than the album it precedes; that inconsistently really brings it down.

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Sat May 14 2022
3

Still not my thing

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Pretty straightforward hair metal, direct and to the point. Nothing especially fancy or artistic happening here. Enjoyable but not a "stand out of the crowd" type of record. Props to Def Leppard for being one of the first bands to popularize this sound. Fave tracks: Photograph, Too Late for Love, Rock of Ages

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Tue May 24 2022
3

Du bon rock. Je connais le rock ''commercial'' ou ''glam'' de Def Leppard. je ne déteste pas, meme que ca s'écoute très bien. Cependant, ca manque un petit quelque de mon côté. 3.5

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Sat May 28 2022
3

Poppy rock with killer guitar lines.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

I like Photograph and a few others were good listens.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

I mean like whatever

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Tue Jun 14 2022
3

Enjoyable if a little repetitive sounding. A high 3* maybe.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
3

I've never listened to Def Leppard before and this is my first exposure. If you asked me to name an 80s metal sound, this would be it. It just sounds so 80s. In short doses it is okay but 45 minutes is too much for me. 2.5/5

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

only true boy task band i’ve liked so far. just some boys who want to rock. maybe “liked” is a stretch, but still, huge props

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Tue Jun 28 2022
3

Better to burn out with Pyromania than fade away like Def Leppard.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

ptit def leppard entre deux albums de simon & garfunkel tu connais

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Plus ou moins ce à quoi je m'attendais

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Sat Jul 16 2022
3

Fun album for what it is. Kind of all you need from that glammy, hair metal, arena rock era. Lots of radio hits – other than that, "Stagefright" was a fun one. I think this genre, as whole, hasn't aged very well. Probably won't be returning to this album any time soon.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

seems a bit slick and overproduced, not as good as I remembered, but typically 80's fare.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Go klassisk hårdrock

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Somewhere between hair metal and butt rock, and can’t make up its mind. Hiring Mutt Lange is a deal with the devil - he will get you some hits, but you’ll have to sacrifice your edge for commerciality.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
3

I’m cruising through town in my Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with the windows down and this album blasting of course. Joe Elliott wails “There’s danger in the air” (Billy’s Got A Gun). God damn right and the danger is me. At a stop light, I glance in the rear view to comb my mullet and adjust my black leather jacket. I turn to the babe in the waiting car next me and wink. I just made her day. -Billy Madison…maybe -break- Rock Of Ages has two tie ins to other songs I know in the first 20 seconds which is fun: First, the “Gunter glieben glauchen globen” is also used by The Offspring in Pretty Fly (For A White Guy). The phrase is gibberish according to Def Leppard. Second “It’s better to burn out…yeah, then fade away” is a direct lift from Neil Young’s 1979 song My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue). An interesting homage from this glam/hair rock band to Mr. Young. If I were of the impressionable musical age in 1983, I’m sure this album would have a great deal of nostalgia. Lacking that experience, I could’ve definitely pump my fist to this at 1230am at the pub, except I would have gone to bed 2 hours earlier.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
3

The story of Rick Allen losing his arm and continuing to be a drum legend is the main thing I knew about Def Leppard before listening to this album. (That, and that they must be lousy spellers. Though, as it turns out, not as bad at spelling as an increasing number of modern bands I've encountered recently and had to really roll my eyes at the hip, edgy, alternative spelling of things.) Anyway, UK and Irish country roads are terrifying, and I don't know why anyone would drive their Corvette really fast on those nightmares. Glad Allen survived and adapted though. But like many other hair metal bands, I couldn't have told you which band sang which song. Maybe if pressed I could have correctly guessed "Photograph." That song, along with the other singles ("Rock of Ages," "Foolin'," and "Too Late for Love") really carry the album. That's a pretty high percentage of stellar hard rock songs from that era/style. In the end though, that era/style isn't my favorite. I enjoy the hits, but it isn't really something I seek out and come back to. Pretty much that whole genre is the definition of 3-star music for me.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
3

British hair farmers, let me ask you a question... "Do your amps go up to eleven...?" Listening to this album is like watching the Hallmark Channel in surroundsound for 24-straight hours. There's so much drama and you really don't care about any of it.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
3

Liked about half of it

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Tue Aug 23 2022
3

More fun than I expected. But then spotify played similar tracks and they were so much better

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Some of this album is too pop for me, but some is pretty good, it's somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me, I enjoyed most of it, and even the tracks I didn't like weren't bad, just not my thing.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

While I would consider Hysteria their best album, this is a pretty good album. The highlights for me were "Photograph", "Too Late For Love", and "Rock Of Ages" the middle being my personal favorite.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Big old glitzy riffs

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Def Leppard is just alright

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Nothing exciting

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Def Leppard sound relatively generic here, but all ten tracks are gimmick-free, competent hair metal and I like hair metal.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Ok album, only listened twice, but definitely felt like I was in a mid-80’s action movie

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Sat Sep 17 2022
3

3/5 Best song: Photograph

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Tue Sep 20 2022
3

This was very rock and roll...its fine

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Solid album by def Lep. I feel like pour some sugar on me is their quintessential song but I liked the sound of this album more than that song. This one had a good mix of arena rock/classic rock that was upbeat and easy to listen to. 6.9/10

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

College!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
3

Easy listening, Good sound, however vett generic

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

At first you love it but it all gets a bit samey by the time you get 3/4’s through. Still an enjoyable listen in moderation.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Good at the beginning, went a little boring at the end, not too hard rock

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Tue Oct 04 2022
3

I view Def Leppard as the band closest to the border of “good” vs “bad” classic rock, but on the bad side (I think Van Halen is closest to this border on the good side). Some of these songs are fun to listen to, but a lot of it is too over the top for me and I’d rather just hear AC/DC. They do bring some welcome melody to this type of music, but it all feels so dated and corny.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
3

Maybe better than most hair metal of the era but this is still “plastic” rock and roll.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
3

Fun songs and good energy but nothing too special in my mind

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Very enjoyable, listened to this album driving to the airport and made for great driving music..not sure if it's good music ??? I have no idea. Each song was fun

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Sat Oct 08 2022
3

Absolute cheesy metal gold. Good for aiding productive work and smiling to. Corniest, 80s-est, best-est. 8 year old me would have lost my mind over it. It's not a work of art but it's the perfect representation of what it is

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Nostalgia thy name is Def Leppard. I can't rate this album, I can only rate how much I liked junior high school. Or more accurately, how much I like channeling teenage me. Actually *being* a teenager isn't an experience I would wish on anyone.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Slick 80s hard rock with the melody always at the forefront. Very much of its time, but still enjoyable today. Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: Photograph Date listened: 14/10/22

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Sat Oct 22 2022
3

Meh. 2.5

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

The songs that were released to the radio are awesome. The rest barely qualify as music. That's not a knock against DL, I think it's just how they did business. They kept recording knowing that roughly every fourth song they wrote would be a hit. Not a bad way to get rich.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Good band of hard-rock.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

When someone tells you “think of the average car” and a 4 door sedan pops into your head. When someone tells you “think of an average rock group” and Def Leppard pops into your head. I like Def Leppard a lot, but they are definitely a sedan that has a sporty vibe to it, like a Honda Accord. Dependable rock

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

I had a similar experience with this record as with Hysteria. I don't think it's bad by any means, but I don't think it has aged too well in terms of complexity. When this was released in the 80's if I were a high school or college student I think I'd jam hard to this, but now if feels a little one-dimensional. 5/10

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

A few standout songs here. Really just the singles I’ve always known. None of the others stuck with me. The leading track is laughably bad songwriting, imo. Enjoyed the nostalgia of 80s hair metal, but this album isn’t something I’ll come back often, if at all.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

Sounds like a classic, but not really my thing

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Tue Nov 22 2022
3

The hits hold up. “Photograph” and “Rock of Ages” are bangers no matter how you cut it. The rest didn’t move me and mostly I was struck by how over produced this all is. The gang vocals in every chorus sound like they’ve been auto-tuned and that didn’t even exist back then. How did they do that? There’s like six guys singing different harmonies but it all comes out sounding like one guy yelling at the end of a hallway in perfect pitch? It’s so weird and when you focus on it that’s all you hear. I bet it would’ve been cool to see this band live in a club setting back in the day. It was probably the last time they sounded human.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
3

Well at least we know where Cinderella got the blueprint for 'Night Songs' from. This is like eating a greasy old burger from a van outside a sports event - it's bad for you, bits of it even look poorly executed but it's got enough in terms of its elements to keep you masticating away merrily. A fair bit of 'el rocko generico' here, but when the Lep boys hit the mark - 'Photograph', 'Rock of Ages', 'Die Hard the Hunter' - it's pretty damn fun. The rather plasticky production and sappy harmony vocals date this, but also grant the listener the gift of instant time travel. You can almost smell the Aquanet. Mildly addictive, despite its excesses.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
3

I'm not what you'd call a Def Leppard superfan, but I enjoyed listening to this yesterday. If you're a glam rock / hair metal fan at all, this stuff rises above the rest. It feels like it's in its own realm, and two or three songs here grab me. The rest have a nostalgic feel to them. The album art is pretty great. A fun listen.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

I will give this credit for being what it is and not trying to be anything else - not that I will listen to it again

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

An average hard rock/metal album, with a sort of Judas Priest-like vocal, some interesting and hard to execute guitar solos and very unsophisticated drums, that can make you nauseous after 40 minutes of this album. In general, nothing special or extraordinary, probably one of the first albums of this type, but with almost no listening values nowadays.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
2

Can't really hear lyrics that well, leading to all the songs feeling similar. All songs appear to be based off the word or phrase in the name of the song. Didn't know the song changed once lmao. Spotify autoplayed Pour Some Sugar on Me and the difference was night and day.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
2

I don't think this album could be relevant,

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Sun Apr 17 2022
2

Glam rock, hård rock på 80 talet är ganska så trist

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Mon Apr 18 2022
2

Täysin yhdentekevää kasarihardrockia. Rock of Ages ja Photograph oli ennakkoon tuttuja biisejä, joskaan ei kuitenkaan kauhean hyviä. Tässä vaiheessa rumpalillakin taisi olla vielä kaksi kättä. Annetaan tähti per käsi.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
2

Never was a fan, then or now

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Sun May 01 2022
2

I've nothing against this. It's just not me. 80s MOR rock made for Mid-west radio stations. Personally I prefer Black Sabbath or Motorhead. Nothing wrong with it, just not me.

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Wed May 04 2022
2

Some hits and some shits. Typical Def Leppard. It’s either a single or it’s in the trash.

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Thu May 12 2022
2

Just tinny sounding and awful. Not just ‘80s-cheesy-bad, but timelessly awful in being stupid and posturing and playing into the worst rock cliches (including taking themselves way too seriously). The worst part is that they seemed to make the world safe for even shittier and lamer hair bands and so many more bad power ballads. “Photograph” is a great song. Otherwise, this is gets awfully close to Spinal Tap territory (“Stagefright” especially).

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Wed May 18 2022
2

I mean... This album isn't bad, but imo it's pretty boring. Super standard 80s hair metal/pop rock. Couple of stone cold classics on here that get their fair rotation on any Dad rock station. Other than that I see nothing particularly progressive, influential or noteworthy. Not sure this really deserves a spot on a list of must listen to albums, throw a dart at a wall full of 80s hair metal bands and you'll get more or less the same effect. Fav Tracks: Photograph, Rock of Ages

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Mon May 23 2022
2

Oh boy, vraiment pas un fan de hard rock de ce genre. La production est beaucoup trop léchée pour moi. Le drum sonne vraiment comme une grosse caricature de ces années là. Les backs vocaux me font vraiment pas tripper. Je dois par contre admettre que Photograph est vraiment efficace et bien construite. Elle reste dans la tête. Par contre j'aime plus le début de Stagefright jusqu'au refrain. J'ai beaucoup aimé et trouvé bien drôle le band 3 Inches Of Blood et j'ai l'impression que c'est une caricature en partie de cette époque. Ça a peut-être amené des gens un peu plus proche du métal, mais ce n'est pas du métal. À connaître pour le groupe et la chanson Photograph, mais on passe à autre chose.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
2

yet more Hair Rock. No thanks

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Tue Jun 28 2022
2

between pop and a hard place

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Mon Jul 04 2022
2

Where’s the incentive to listen if it doesn’t have Animal or Pour Some Sugar On Me on it??

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Mon Jul 18 2022
2

Structure and rhythm are a bit too standard for my liking, but I guess it does what it does well.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
2

Given my expectations from the last Leppard LP, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the band had taken the time to write actual bridges and unique verses on this album instead of beating the same chorus to death for three minutes at a time.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
2

Another spinal tap wannabe band

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

I will just never like Def Leppard. I generally despise the hair bands of the 70’s/80’s anyways. I can barely stomach Pour Some Sugar on Me (barely), and that’s not even on this album. I would give them 1 star, but I do admit that their drummer losing his arm in a motorcycle accident and then coming back to continue playing as a 1-armed drummer is as metal as it gets, so I’ll give them an extra stars just for that.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

Hard rock stereotipico (lo hanno inventato loro o lo scimmiottano?). Fatto bene, ma scivola attraverso senza lasciare nulla.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

"Skin on skin, let the love begin... women!" Wow, this album is worse than I remembered. Aged like milk.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

This record was ok. Nothing really stood out to me. I'm not sure if I'm biased against it because it feels so old, or because it just reminds me of dad music, since this is my dads music. I wasn't really digging most of it, it felt very commercial and uninspired, which I did not expect from a band so highly praised and followed. However that could just be the result of bands following what they did and making it more commercial. Overall the album seemed to mush together. Favorite Track: Fooling Least Favorite Track: Most of the songs tbh.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

nah

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Sat Oct 08 2022
2

Die jaren 80 metal stemmen blijven gewoon klote! Muzikaal en qua productie vond ik het nog wel te doen.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
2

Beetje te blije rock

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Sun Oct 09 2022
2

Lista wystawia na ciezka probe, bo kolejny dzien z metalowym popowaniem, ale przynajmniej tym razem cos czego nie slyszalem wczesniej, pyromania z 83 od wyspiarskiej bandy def leppard, o ktorej na cale szczescie pierwsze slysze, ale jednak cos od nich juz znalem, chodzi o intro do rock of ages, ktore jest offspringowego white guya, podobna energia w obu banadach, ale wracajac do dzisiejszej plyty, to jest to potezny upgrade po wczorajszym bon jovi, ale nadal na 45 minutach materialu ciezko na czyms zawiesic ucho, bo brzmi on zwyczajnie generycznie, jak przystalo na popowy metal, czy byc moze glamowy, zdecydowanie wiecej tutaj ostrzejszych gitarowych partii, ktore znowu sa nekane przez chorkowe wystepy grupy zcreditowanej jako the leppardettes, dodac do tego liryke o niczym, bo glownym motywem jest samo rokowanie, wiec sluchalny krazek, ale poza tym offspringowym easter eggiem raczej nie zostawi duzo po sobie, chociaz gdybym chcial odtworzyc radio X z san andreaski, to wiem gdzie szukalbym inspiracji, bo wlasnie tego typu granie dominuje na pyromanii, liczy sie jebniecie gitarkowo basowe i mocne drumy, do tego chwytliwe chorkowanie i neutralna liryka wpadajaca w ucha i wylatujaca kolejnym, na plejke dodam openingowego rock rock till you drop

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Mon Oct 10 2022
2

Pretty bad, right?

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

This is not for me. The overall sound just epitomizes that 'hair metal' genre of the 1980's to a nauseating degree.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

Bland

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Thu Oct 20 2022
2

45 minutes of generic and boring rock made with verses only and no hook or chorus. This is a hard ride, not hard rock.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
2

hahaha

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

like tommy's class again. 2 or 3?

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Sun Oct 23 2022
2

So, I hated Hysteria when it came up. It felt like Poundland Bon Jovi. Now, this is still not a high water mark of hard rock, but at least sounds like B&M Bargains AC/DC or Aerosmith, which is much better. I still will almost certainly never listen to it again, but it was a pleasurable meh, rather than an offensive mess!

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Mon Oct 24 2022
2

Meh. I’ve never really been into the 80s hair band sound. I just don’t find myself vibin’.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
2

No me termina de gustar este rock duro o heavy. Me ha parecido un disco normalito y salvaría la canción "Action not words".

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

A few decent riffs and jam-packed with a load of filler.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Starts off really well with first 2 songs then, ironically, just fades away.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
2

Not the biggest fan

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Mon Nov 28 2022
2

A horrible reminder why I disliked most commercial radio from 80's. More pop than metal, this pseudo-metal hair band's crappy album and "hit" songs got played needlessly on "rock" radio that obviously left an impression on young female listeners and wannabee Def-boys. Clean, dumb fun, I guess, especially if you've ever drawn their logo on your jean jacket vest and school books.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
2

Nä, det här var inte alls för mg

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Tue Mar 29 2022
1

The mixdown is an incoherant mess, and the vocals are awful.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
1

not a fan

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Mon Apr 25 2022
1

Just not a fan.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
1

Who listens to this garbage? Maybe I hate fun. But I feel like rock music is cheesy enough without being concentrated and fermented into this kind of super-cheese. 1.5*

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Tue Apr 26 2022
1

This was grim. It was hard work getting to the end. Metal is shit. 80's power metal doubly so.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
1

Got a minute in and bailed. I really don’t understand this kind of band. Repetitive and clichéd.

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Thu May 05 2022
1

dårlig og slitsomt

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Mon May 30 2022
1

Save yourself some trouble, just listen to the greatest hits album. All filler one killer.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
1

Seriously, of all the albums ever released, why on earth does anyone need to listen to this drivel before they die? I had the misfortune to see Def Leppard live around the time of their first album. They were crap then and this is worse.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
1

To call this dad rock would be an insult to dad rock everywhere. To call this suburban mom who used to be quite wild back in the day rock would be an insult to Queen.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
1

I hate Def Leppard. Always have. While there’s no denying the high quality of the production it’s really a case of putting lipstick on a pig. The music just sounds like a group that’s nowhere as good as AC/DC trying (and failing) to recreate the AC/DC sound. While AC/DC songs have similar content, they at least seem to be smacking and grinning about the lascivious jokes they make. Def Leppard either doesn’t get the joke or actually takes themselves seriously. Either way it’s shit.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
1

That voice... haha. I dont know if I like that style of singing. This reminds me of Warrant or Kiss... 80s was a weird time for Rock. I feel like there is a lot of talking about rocking in 80s rock. Like self-referencing and writing songs just about rock. I think a lot of Disco songs are like this, talking about dancing or talking about music. A song about itself is pretty funny.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
1

Meh - Not for me.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
1

This album is like Theon Greyjoy. It looks tough, it fights tough, but it's all rock and literally no cock. Imagine a Pitbull emasculated ten years ago with molten gums for teeth, dwarfed legs, eating a steady diet of nutritious kibble. It's bark is so loud it resonates wholly within... then whimpers out as a metallic fart.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
1

Really dull

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