Def Leppard



by JohnnySixGuns USER (8 Reviews)
August 6th, 2006 | 17 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Ok. Lets get one thing straight. This band sucks. This is a suckass band if ever there was one. I don't care that they are supposed to suck and it's supposed to be fun and stupid and all that crap. Suck is suck no matter what you call it, want it to be, or say it is. And this band is teh suck.

So it should come as a surprise to no one the best album of their sorry musical career should be an album of covers. Yes friends and neighbors, DL finally got some sense and decided to try to record some good music. And if you don't have any of your own just go begging for others, amirite" Which is what these sugary soccer rockers decided to do for this album here. YEAH! it's called. Yup. Title blows. But what's inside is pretty damned good.

Well good thing they know how to play their instruments or they most likely would of messed this up too. But lucky for us DL are old pros at this stage of the game and they are ready to rip off, cover some tunes. A whole albums worth! :) How nice of them. Not an original in sight. Again, very nice of them.

The lads kick things off with an ok cover of T-Rex's "20th Century Boy" and it really isnt anything too exciting. Yet they manage to infuse it with some bombast that actually works to freshen this track up. So they earn brownie points for not treating it with kit gloves. Next they decide to update the old David Essex song "Rock On". This is more interesting as they infuse this tired old AM radio standard with a menacing stomp I haven't heard from this band in, um, forever. Ever. And good thing for us someone in the band has a good ear, because up next is a great cover of Blondie's "Hangin' On The Telephone". OMG it's DL stripped down and actually swingin'! Just like a real rock n roll band. These guys are pretty good when they get to pretend. And they rip this track to shreds.

From here on DL take us through a journey of some well known and not so well known songs of some of their favorite artist. And it makes you wonder if this is the music they love most why didn't any of this good stuff influence them in their own career :(. We get a hell raising version of Sweet's rowdy rocker "Hell Raiser" with the boys wound up tight and One Arm drumming like he has two, a surprisingly effective and heartfelt rendition of the old Kinks classic "Waterloo Sunset" that finds singer Joe Elliot showing some vocal flexibilty and adding just the right amount of melancholy, and a rough and tumble take on the Faces/Rod Stewart standard "Stay With Me". The old geezers raunch it up good on this track and you can almost feel the sleaze drip from it. In fact if you told me it was the Faces covering themselves I would almost believe it. If you told me it was a crap band like DL I would think it was April Fools Day. But it is DL. So the proof is in the pudding and I'm giving credit where it's due. This

Not everything is peaches and cream here, though. We get a cheesy version of David Bowie's "Drive-In Saturday Night" which is listless, dull, and overcooked from the start with it's mid-tempo thud and ornate orchestral arrangments, a stinker of a stick in the mudd called "A Little Bit Of Love" (don't know who this is originally by) that sounds like generic ROCK band A, B, and C, (or Def Leppard, for instance), and a not so groovy mess called "Street Life" originally done by Roxy Music. It's just plain meh. But those little niggles are easily offset by the goodness here. Such as adventerous selections like the lush and atmospheric ELO cover "10538 Overture", which retains some of the Beatles influence of the original, a kick arse version of Mott The Hoople's "The Golden Age Of Rock n Roll" that is so un-DL like it can't help but be good as it swings like good rock n roll should, and a fun cover of John Kongo's obscure little ditty "He's Gonna Step On You Again". Heavy riffage, feedback, and some nice twang. 'Nuff said.

Ok. So what have we learned today" We've learned even sucky bands are pretty good if they understand the music of others, can play their instruments, and put some balls into it. What took these old whores so long, I dunno" But WTF, better late than never. With YEAH! Def Leppard have pulled off the seemingly impossible. They made an album that people who love DL will like and people who hate DL will like in equal fashion. No small feat for a suckass band.

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Two-Headed Boy
August 6th 2006


More like Def Leppard - No!

Nice review. It inspired some hilarious comedy.

August 6th 2006


After hearing the cover of 'Hanging On A Telephone' I no longer fear hell.

Ps. and just to be a petty little swine . . . .I'll just add, that's a really dumb album titleThis Message Edited On 08.06.06

August 6th 2006


I like this review.

August 6th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

thanksThis Message Edited On 08.06.06

August 6th 2006


This was funny. Good work.

August 19th 2006


Album Rating: 2.0

OK, many things to mention.

This review, in my opinion, this review was the prime example of very little objectivity, and to be quite frank, i think almost everything you mentioned was irrelevant

fairly well written, although the first paragraph was annoying, considering it was just Def Leppard sucks in different words. There is no way in hell, or anywhere else for that matter, that this is their best album. It's ok, but i'm not sure if you have head everything else if you think this is lepp at their best

September 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

ok. you didn't have to neg my review just because this band sucks. i just wanted to get the obvious out of the way. and with these guys crap keeps popping up (or should i say "pooping" up lol) so I gotta keep stating the obvious to clear the way. hell dude, you don't even like the record and you're a fan! i like it more then you! and yes i have heard their other stuff. but after many years of therapy the damage it caused is starting to subside This Message Edited On 09.03.06

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

i liked the review

December 5th 2006


i used to hate them
theyre okay though this album is good.

December 7th 2006


Meh, there's some ok songs. High N Dry's their best.

This review was cool, though

February 18th 2007


This was one of their best albums.

April 7th 2008


Not herd this and id rather die before that happened. Bought 'the vault' years ago on the off chance of them being good. My god was i wrong- simply horrible sound with than electric drum, dredful. I took it back 1 week later, worst cd i have ever bought (below linkin park). Any band that admits they chose the name cos it sounded like led zeppelin to tap into their fans says it all. Didnt help my ex-girlfriend said they were better than zeppelin either.
Simply ashamed that their from England, im sorry the rest of the world.

Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2012


Album Rating: 3.0

While the AllMusic 4.5 rating is mind-boggling, this album of glam-metal covers does see a partial return to form for Def Leppard, since the consistency & depth here is superior to any of their previous 3 LPs. Results are best when the band let their hair down, such as on Sweet's 'Hell Raiser' and Thin Lizzy's 'Don't Believe A Word'. But there are also some neat re-interpretations, while Phil Collen's fun lead vocal romp on closer 'Stay With Me' is a revelation. Still, this is just a covers album and some of the tracks are too dated to save ('No Matter What' & 'Drive-In Saturday') or are simply too run of the mill. Recommended Tracks: Hell Raiser, Rock On & Stay With Me.

Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2015


Ok. Lets get one thing straight. This band sucks. This is a suckass band if ever there was one. I don't care that they are supposed to suck and it's supposed to be fun and stupid and all that crap. Suck is suck no matter what you call it, want it to be, or say it is. And this band is teh suck.

ace review.

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland

March 28th 2015


What has nine arms and sucks?

Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2015


my girlfriend, and i'd appreciate if you stopped making fun of her condition.

March 28th 2015


She rejected me. I speak out of pain

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