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Def Leppard: Ballads, Beverages and the Sparkle Lounge

June 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

Though the band never really went away, most of us couldn't help but take notice when the four lads from Sheffield (and one Irish guy) blasted their way back onto the scene with the glamolicious 'Songs from the Sparkle Lounge'. It had all the ingredients you'd expect from Def Leppard. Ballads that were big, rock that was raucous and giant, anthemic choruses.

But there were some unexpected turns as well, with the band doing very little to mask their influences (more on that later).

Having seen a dip in record sales over the last fifteen years or so, Def Lepp experimented with pop, stripped-down (for them, anyway) rock and an album of covers before returning to do what they do best: massive melodies, cataclysmic choruses and gorgeous guitar riffs. Just check out the Queen-inspired 'Love' if you don't believe this band is still the one to beat in the studio. 'Come Undone' dukes it out with the most rocking Lepp tunes, but takes off with an incredible chorus that hits with all the harmonies you'd expect, only crisper and and more streamlined than most offerings in recent memory.

Slamming through 'Only the Good Die Young' and 'Cruise Control', the real centerpiece of the whole thing is the great, expansive ballad: 'Love'. Beautiful, impeccable guitar lines lead into Joe Elliot's plaintiff vocals. Punctuated by huge harmonies, the Queenly comparisons are hard to ignore (though not as overboard as 'Kings of the World') as the band crafted the most expansive ballad ever heard on a Def Leppard disc. Taking the show on the road, Leppard once again proved they were a live force to be reckoned with.

Yeah, the live appearance on 'Dancing With The Stars' blew, to be sure, but the new songs stood up to anthems of old on the 'Sparkle Lounge' tour. Plus, this band still has the ability to play a recording studio like a pop-metal orchestra, blasting out impossibly catchy anthems ('Go'), glam-inspired gems ('C'mon C'mon') and old-school precision metal ('Bad Actress') like nobody plugged into a Marshall stack today. Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, despite some occasional online disagreements about Lepp Guitar History, are an inspired team. Collen's lickety-split leads beautifully offset Campbell's mix of shred and slow-hand. For those who don't own 'Songs from the Sparkle Lounge', it is simply a must-own. With the release of 'Rock of Ages' on the big screen, it's great to see a band with a 30-year history, and no end in sight.

If you like Def Leppard ballads, check out Pickett's videos at: http://www.m-overdrive.com/video.

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