Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
|Songs from the Sparkle Lounge|
|Studio album by|
|Released||25 April 2008|
|Label||Island, Universal Music Enterprises (US) |
Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury (UK & Europe)
|Def Leppard chronology|
|Singles from Songs from the Sparkle Lounge|
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". They also mentioned the possibility of previous Def Leppard album producer Mutt Lange being involved with a few songs for the album, 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 tuning room at shows where the band would work on new material. "It was a mini (drum) kit, mini amps, a tape recorder and sparkly lights." Vivian Campbell also commented on the origin of the "Sparkle Lounge" in an article from Goldmine, mentioning that that room was rife with both brainstorming and "little Christmas lights, little fairy lights." 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.
The title of one of the songs in the track list, "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 band performed "Love" with Taylor Swift for their 2008 CMT Crossroads episode Taylor Swift and Def Leppard. Their performance of the song was not included in the actual episode, but is included as a bonus performance for the episode's DVD released exclusively to US Wal-Mart stores by Big Machine Records on 16 June 2009. It was the only post-1995 song of Def Leppard's catalogue that was performed for that episode.
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. Alun Williams of About.com gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and said "This album is so instant: huge hooks, big choruses and awesome production!"
|1.||"Go"||Phil Collen, Joe Elliott||3:20|
|2.||"Nine Lives" (featuring Tim McGraw)||Collen, Elliott, Tim McGraw, Rick Savage||3:32|
|6.||"Cruise Control"||Vivian Campbell||3:03|
|8.||"Only the Good Die Young"||Campbell||3:34|
|11.||"Gotta Let It Go"||Campbell||3:55|
|UK and iTunes bonus track|
|12.||"Love" (piano version)||Savage||4:22|
|Japanese bonus tracks|
|12.||"Love" (piano version)||Savage||4:22|
|13.||"Nine Lives" (Def Leppard version)||Collen, Elliot, McGraw, Savage||3:33|
Deluxe edition bonus DVD
- "Behind the Curtain"
- "The Sparkle Lounge Commentary"
- "Nine Lives" music video
|2008||UK Albums Chart||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||27|
|2008||World Albums Chart||8|
- Rick Savage – bass guitar, backing vocals, additional guitars
- Joe Elliott – vocals
- Rick Allen – drums, backing vocals
- Phil Collen – guitars, backing vocals
- Vivian Campbell – guitars, backing vocals
- Additional personnel
- Tim McGraw – vocals on "Nine Lives"
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