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Monumental UK hard rock benchmark from 1987 inc. 'Women', 'Pour Some Sugar On Me', 'Love Bites' & 'Animal'.
Probably Def Leppard's best album, and certainly their most successful, Hysteria pretty much sums up 80s hard rock: catchy, tuneful, and fun. It's also one of the few albums from the period that doesn't sound dated now, and singles like "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Armageddon It", and "Rocket" remain staples of rock radio. The rest of the album is equally entertaining; "Animal" and "Hysteria", while mid-tempo, have the same slick intensity, and "Love Bites" is one of the few pop-metal ballads that doesn't sound saccharine over a decade after its release. Def Leppard may be remembered more for their hair than their music these days, but that's more due to changing tastes than anything else. It's still good. --Genevieve Williams
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The group and the producer did a great job of toeing the line from keeping their old fans and still broadening their base. Great record
Though he directed the creation of the landmark album/cd from the mixing board, we should remember the producer of this album, Mutt Lange, as the one who brought this to life. Def Leppard nearly didn't make this album, after numerous delays and tragedies, but with Mutt Lange making this happen, one can hear the differences album to album by this band with Mutt's production style.
I would suggest this as a must have for any library or collection of music that covers Rock, Metal, and music in the 1980's.
Listening closer to this album, their frontman was right. This is the Duran Duran of rock n roll. I said they were pop rock and metal, but now I lean toward more the pop and rock side. Its hard rock meets Tears for Fears at times. haha.
I like it because the singles are a bit longer than their radio counterparts, and there are few songs I enjoy that were unknown to me had I not purchased this album.