Def Leppard
Hysteria


4.5
superb

Review

by DixieNormous USER (6 Reviews)
December 31st, 2012 | 19 replies | 1,008 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best rock albums of the 1980's

3 of 6 thought this review was well written

Def Leppard's Hysteria is probably the best rock album ever. And there is a reason for that; each and every one of the songs is a possible hit (maybe with the exception of Excitable) and the production could not be better. Six of the seven released songs were chart bending hits.
The songs hit home on the first listen and that is the point. The album opens with the moody classic 'Women' and then launches into the loud and bombastic, yet equally melodic, 'Rocket'. 'Animal' with its gloriously singalong chorus is followed by an incredibly touching and emotional ballad: 'Love Bites'. Def Leppard have never, and probably never will, write a ballad as timeless and mournful as 'Love Bites'.

Probably the biggest highlight of the album is the perfectly executed 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' which became an MTV favourite. The anthemic 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' is as loud and tongue-in-cheek as it gets. The lyrics are humorous and are delivered in an unparalled style by Joe Elliott ("You got the peaches, I got the cream" or "Do you take sugar? One lump or two?"). The loud drums, the throaty vocals on the verse and the musical interlude with its guitar solo all drip of pure sexiness.

The effervescent 'Armageddon It' never loses its sparkle. Neither does the energised 'Don't Shoot Shotgun'.' Run Riot' is just about the fastest rocker on the album and reminds us that Def Leppard are a metal band.

'Gods of War' is more a piece of music than a hit single. Although just as melodic and tuneful as anything else on the album, it really is a different kind of animal in comparison with the rest of the songs. The chorus is an absolute storm of vocal harmonies which could shake the very foundations of your house if played too loud! The title track is definately one of my favourites here. It's windswept verse and slightly anxious chorus make it incredibly compelling.

Overall, the album doesn't let the listener go for one minute. It certainly is a must have in any rock collection because the longer you wait before acquiring this album, the more time you are spending missing out the the great music that makes Hysteria.



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PsychicChris
December 30th 2012



194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the first three Def Leppard albums but could never get into this one that much. It has some good moments and I see why people like it, but it is just way too glossy for me.

Also, Bringin' On The Heartbreak is the best Def Lep ballad.

ChopSuey
December 30th 2012



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh.

PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3462 Comments


clever username

guh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZxZvfohM4I

Digging: Jolly - The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 1)

sideburndude
December 30th 2012



2782 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ha def Leppard

jesuslover46
December 31st 2012



578 Comments


one of the worst opening paragraphs in review history

Minus.
December 31st 2012



2666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"one of the worst opening paragraphs in review history"


Well, it was his first review so there is no need to be so harsh. Besides, you have not written a review yet so you really shouldnt bash him anyway.

LocustGrove
December 31st 2012



540 Comments


Pretty good 1st review. Pos'd
And don't listen to Jesuslover, he is just a loser troll with nothing better to do than be an online jackass.

TheNotrap
December 31st 2012



7817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"One of the best rock albums of the 1980's"
Yes it is. Have a pos.

jmnewcomer18
January 9th 2013



3409 Comments


Good review man. Especially for a first.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013



18198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rocks, prefer the two albums before it though.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013



18612 Comments


such a guilty pleasure

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013



18198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No need to feel guilty about liking Def Leppard.

ViperAces
January 9th 2013



12357 Comments


high school musical has better artworks than this band's

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013



18612 Comments


crazy that the drummer had one arm on this album

@Viper,

No

ViperAces
January 9th 2013



12357 Comments


yesh

Cygnatti
August 30th 2013



19988 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

worst first paragraph of all time.

Digging: Lo-Fang - Blue Film

Minus.
August 30th 2013



2666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"worst first paragraph of all time."

I read much worse on this site.

Cygnatti
August 30th 2013



19988 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've too.

LocustGrove
August 30th 2013



540 Comments


You're such a queef lol



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