By Daniel Watts
Music Reviewer and Segment Producer
Despite some music critics calling the album platform deceased, Def Leppard has released their 11th full length studio album on October 30th. This is their first studio effort since 2008’s “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge”. Speaking of firsts, it’s a self-titled album and the band didn’t have a contractual obligation to record it either. This found the band in an uncommon position by having complete freedom during the making. Singer Joe Elliott has went on record saying that this is the most fun the guys have had while recording an album ever.
“Def Leppard” consists of 14 tracks, all of which I enjoyed and appreciated but there are a few I thought stood out. Track 3 “Man Enough” has this strutting bass line and smooth groove that fits perfectly with the lyrics “are you man enough to be my girl?”. That song is velvet smooth. Track 4 “We Belong” is reminiscent of the song “Hysteria”, both mellow and comforting but that’s not the best part. Hearing the band exchange lead vocal duties is. Track 8 “All Time High” is a fun high energy rocker that’s full of inspirational lyrics like “never givin’ up, never gonna die” and “there ain’t no mountain I can’t climb”. Lastly, “Blind Faith" setting as the 14th track, is a new and unique listening experience. Def Leppard clearly progressed into new territory to close out the album. Simply put, I think it’s a beautiful song.
I think “Def Leppard” is an album that Leppard fans can go to 20 years from now and still get much enjoyment out of it. I think it stands up to everything they’ve done before.