Def Leppard (album)

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Def Leppard
Def Leppard (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 2015[1]
Recorded2014-2015
StudioJoe's Garage in Dublin, Ireland
Genre
Length52:39
LabelBludgeon Riffola/earMUSIC Records/Mailboat Records (US)
Producer
  • Ronan McHugh
  • Def Leppard
Def Leppard chronology
Viva! Hysteria
(2013)
Def Leppard
(2015)
And There Will Be a Next Time... Live from Detroit
(2017)
Singles from Def Leppard
  1. "Let's Go"
    Released: 15 September 2015
  2. "Dangerous"
    Released: 12 February 2016
  3. "Man Enough"
    Released: 4 April 2016
  4. "We Belong"
    Released: 8 December 2016
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]

Def Leppard is the self-titled eleventh studio album by the British rock band of the same name, released on October 30, 2015.[3] Leppard's first studio album since Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (2008) (marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career) and their first on earMUSIC Records, it became their seventh top ten album after debuting on the Billboard 200 at number 10.[4] The first single "Let's Go" was released 15 September 2015, alongside the artwork and track listing.

The album was produced by Ronan McHugh and Def Leppard. It won a 2016 Classic Rock Roll of Honours Award for Album of the Year.[5]

Music[edit]

In August 2015, singer Joe Elliott stated that the album would consist of 14 tracks with a running time of around 55 minutes. Regarding the sound of the album, he explained "It's just called Def Leppard because that's what it sounds like. It doesn't sound like any one specific era of Def Leppard. It's got everything. [...] Every single aspect of anything we've ever wanted to put out — acoustic, heavy, soft, slow, fast — it's there. That's why we call it Def Leppard because, just like Queen were, we're capable of coming up with vastly different kinds of songs."[3]

Guitarist Phil Collen referred to the album as "probably the most diverse thing we've done" as well as "the best thing we've done since Hysteria" as it contains "the loudest rock guitars we've ever had on some tracks." However, he stopped short of calling it an "experimental" album, instead saying that it's "more liberating and expressive".[3]

The album was recorded at Elliot's home studio, named Joe's Garage, in Dublin, Ireland.[6]

Singles[edit]

Album fan pack

Vocalist Joe Elliott has described lead single and opening track, "Let's Go", as "a call to arms and a classic Def Leppard song. It's that three-minute pop-rock stuff with big chunky guitars and a big chorus. And it has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like "Pour Some Sugar on Me", and "Rock of Ages"." He described that the band wanted a familiar sounding song to introduce the album, being released several years after their previous album.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Let's Go"Rick Savage, Joe Elliott5:01
2."Dangerous"Phil Collen, Elliott3:26
3."Man Enough"Collen, Elliott3:54
4."We Belong"Elliott5:06
5."Invincible"Rick Allen, Elliott3:46
6."Sea of Love"Collen4:04
7."Energized"Collen3:23
8."All Time High"Elliott4:19
9."Battle of My Own"Savage, Elliott2:42
10."Broke 'N' Brokenhearted"Collen, Elliott3:17
11."Forever Young"Collen, Elliott2:22
12."Last Dance"Savage3:09
13."Wings of an Angel"Collen, Vivian Campbell, Savage, Elliott4:23
14."Blind Faith"Collen, Campbell, Savage, Elliott5:33
Total length:52:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe Elliott – vocals, acoustic guitars
  • Phil Collen – co-lead guitar, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "We Belong"
  • Vivian Campbell – co-lead guitar, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "We Belong"
  • Rick Savage – bass guitar, backing vocals, additional guitars, co-lead vocals on "We Belong"
  • Rick Allen – drums, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "We Belong"

Reception[edit]

Joe Elliott, observed Classic Rock, "is the first to admit that Leppard aren't Bob Dylan. Sometimes they're barely even Bob the Builder. But then that's the beauty of it – if ever a band were cliché-proof, it's Def Leppard. If nothing else, you have to admire their sheer brass balls. With its crackling guitar and nuclear-detonation bottom end, 'Let's Go' doesn't so much revisit 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' as move into its spare room, steal its cornflakes and start sleeping with its wife. But even that pales into insignificance next to the finger-poppin' white-boy funk of 'Are You Man Enough?', which rips off Queen's 'Another One Bites the Dust' so shamelessly that it should come with its own stick-on handlebar moustaches… But for the most part, Def Leppard is the sound of a band who have rediscovered their sense of purpose."[10]

Charts[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2015–16) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 85
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 39
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 11
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 79
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 32
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[18] 33
Irish Albums (IRMA)[19] 57
Italian Albums (FIMI)[20] 36
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[21] 17
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[22] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 11
US Billboard 200[4] 10
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[26] 1
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[27] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[28] 1

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2015) Rank
US Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 39
Chart (2016) Rank
US Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 31
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[31] 50

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith. "Chris Stapleton Soars to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart After CMAs"," Billboard.com, 8 November 2015.
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  30. ^ "Hard Rock Albums – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
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