Songs from the Sparkle Lounge

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Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Studio album by Def Leppard
Released 25 April 2008 (2008-04-25)
Recorded 2006–2008
Genre Hard rock,[1][2] heavy metal,[3] Glam metal
Length 39:12
Label Island, Universal Music Enterprises (US)
Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury (UK & Europe)
Producer Ronan McHugh
Def Leppard
Def Leppard chronology
Yeah!
(2006)
Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
(2008)
Mirrorball: Live & More
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Billboard link
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars link
Kerrang! 4/5 stars
Classic Rock 7/10 stars
NOW 3/5 stars link
Mojo 3/5 stars link
The Observer link

Songs from the Sparkle Lounge is the ninth studio album and 14th album overall from the English hard rock band Def Leppard. It was released on 25 April 2008 in Europe and 29 April in North America.[4][5]

History[edit]

In an Interview on Rockline radio, two band members, Joe Elliott and Vivian Campbell stated that the title of their latest studio album would be Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, saying that "Until someone comes up with a better name this will be the final title upon release".[6] They also mentioned the possibility of previous Def Leppard album producer Mutt Lange being involved with a few songs for the album,[6] but in the end this collaboration did not turn out to be possible due to scheduling conflicts. However, Joe Elliott has stated that the band and Mutt Lange still plan to work on a few songs together in the future.

In an interview with Billboard.com, Joe Elliott stated that the album title is a reference to a backstage area at shows where the band would work on new material. "It was a mini (drum) kit, mini amps, a tape recorder and sparkly lights."[7] Elliott also stated that they would not be performing any previews of the songs, as they did not want them appearing on websites such as YouTube prior to the release of the album.

Members of the band have described the tracks from the album as written in the style of Hysteria, with the production style of High 'n' Dry. The album's first single, "Nine Lives" features country singer Tim McGraw.

Joe Elliott has stated at the band's official site that the concept of this album is that it sounds more like "early 70's AC/DC" and much like Led Zeppelin's song "Rock and Roll".

The title of one of the songs in the tracklist, "Give It Away," was changed to "Gotta Let It Go."

On 25 April 2008, Def Leppard's record label opened a website with teasers of every song on the album.

The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, selling about 55,000 copies in its first week of release.[8]

Reception[edit]

Songs from the Sparkle Lounge received mixed reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 47, based on 8 reviews.[9] Whereas Alun Williams of About.com[10] gives the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and says "This album is so instant: huge hooks, big choruses and awesome production!"

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Go"   Phil Collen, Joe Elliott 3:20
2. "Nine Lives" (featuring Tim McGraw) Collen, Elliott, Tim McGraw, Rick Savage 3:32
3. "C'mon C'mon"   Savage 4:09
4. "Love"   Savage 4:17
5. "Tomorrow"   Collen 3:35
6. "Cruise Control"   Vivian Campbell 3:03
7. "Hallucinate"   Collen 3:17
8. "Only the Good Die Young"   Campbell 3:34
9. "Bad Actress"   Elliott 3:03
10. "Come Undone"   Elliott 3:32
11. "Gotta Let It Go"   Campbell 3:55
Total length:
39:12
UK and iTunes bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Love" (piano version) Savage 4:22
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Love" (piano version) Savage 4:22
13. "Nine Lives" (Def Leppard version) Collen, Elliot, McGraw, Savage 3:33

Deluxe edition bonus DVD[edit]

  • "Behind the Curtain"
  • "The Sparkle Lounge Commentary"
  • "Nine Lives" music video

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2008 Billboard 200[11] 5
2008 UK Albums Chart[12] 10
2008 Ireland Albums Chart 32
2008 New Zealand Albums Chart 26
2008 Germany Albums Chart 43
2008 France Albums Chart 118
2008 Canadian Albums Chart 7
2008 Swiss Albums Chart 26
2008 Sweden Albums Chart 26
2008 Norway Albums Chart 15
2008 Finnish Albums Chart[13] 27
2008 World Albums Chart 8

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melodic Rock Reviews". Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rock Eyez Reviews". Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (29 April 2008). "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge – Def Leppard". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (Ltd.Deluxe Edt.): Def Leppard: Musik". Amazon.de. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  5. ^ "News". Defleppard.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  6. ^ a b Rockline Radio highlights, DefLeppard.com News
  7. ^ Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, Radio Luxembourg
  8. ^ Katie Hasty, "Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200," Billboard.com, 7 May 2008.
  9. ^ "Def Leppard:Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  10. ^ "Def Leppard – 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' – review of Def Leppard CD". Classicrock.about.com. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  11. ^ "Allmusic (Def Leppard charts and awards) Billboard albums". 
  12. ^ "aChart.us". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  13. ^ "Suomen virallinen lista". Pop.yle.fi. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-13.