Of course, I’m going to do a review of Def Leppard’s new self-titled album. However, I’m sure people are used to seeing albums reviewed as “oh, this song is good” or “It could have used more ___”. Well, I’m going to be different on this and give you guys a track-by-track review of each song. This is my first listen to it and I’ll give my opening thoughts!
“Let’s Go”: I’ve listened to this song a lot already and I still love it, so I really can’t do opening thoughts. The twin-guitar sound in this song is AMAZING. I’m a sucker for a good guitar. I love the lines “welcome to the carnival/welcome to the party/welcome to the edge of your seat” because it’s a great intro to the album.
“Dangerous”: The opening guitar is nice. The lyrics are kind of simple, but it’s Def Leppard (their lyrics usually are). I like how the backing vocals in the chorus don’t overthrow Joe Elliott’s voice. Also, the chorus is catchy which I think is great to have in a song.
“Man Enough”: THE BASS IN THE BEGINNING. I’M SQUEALING. I LOVE BASS. I ALSO LOVE RICK SAVAGE. Okay yeah, the bass in this song is great and gives it a great groove. I can’t stop bobbing my head. I’m only at the chorus right now and I’m 100% in love with this song. I think it’s clever how the lyric is “Are you man enough/to be my girl”, but it does confuse me a little. If they don’t perform this song on the tour in February 2016, I’ll be upset.
“We Belong”: I’ve heard this song has all 5 members singing lead vocals. And oh my god, it’s great. It really does tie in the whole “we belong” thing by having all of them sing solos. It has a One Direction feel a little bit, which is weird but maybe it’s just because of the 5 different voices. This song is genuinely really good, it isn’t too focused on the actual music, and I’m also just happy to hear the vocals separated because when I listen to backing vocals, it’s really hard to tell who’s singing.
“Invincible”: I’m liking the guitar. It’s got a good feel to it, but I’m not like fully for the song. I don’t hear this song and think “OH MY GOD, I’M IN LOVE!” but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad song. I like the lyrics “I am invincible/I’m not invisible”.
“Sea of Love”: Ooh, this is a good intro. Joe Elliott has some nice vocals in here. Of course, nothing like what he used to sound like, but he’s still got a rocking voice. Is that a tambourine or some kind of shaker? I’m not sure, but it sets a great tone for the song. Oh, and it has a wonderful guitar solo in the middle, but I can’t tell if it’s Vivian Campbell or Phil Collen.
“Energized”: It’s got some synth in it, and I can’t decide if I like it or not. However, the chorus does have a nice beat to it and I find myself singing along to the “Ohhh, ohhh!” It would be nice to hear more actual music in it instead of just the synth beat, but overall the song isn’t bad.
“All Time High”: YAY, DRUMS. I like drums, especially from Rick “The Thundergod” Allen. The “poster boy for bad behavior” lyric made me giggle. This has a lot of guitar and drums in it and I’m in love. Also, the name of the song reminds me of the band All Time Low. I feel like this song describes their lives well.
“Battle of My Own”: Is that acoustic guitar? I haven’t heard that in a while. I thought Joe was saying “I’ve got a bottle of my own” until I remembered the title (oh wait, I think he does actually say that at one point). This is actually really good, and the backing vocals are perfect as usual. Wait, it ended too soon.
“Broke n’ Brokenhearted”: “I’m mad as hell” is one of the first lyrics and I. LOVE. IT. “Get over here/I’ll kick your ass” is also in there and IT’S EVEN BETTER. This is a great angry song and I’m actually in love. Add the guitars in there and I like it more. Yep, I’m a fan of this one. Also I giggled because Joe Elliott literally just sang “Who’s sleeping in my bed/I’ll huff and puff/and blow your playhouse down”. The lyrics are fabulous and hysterical.
“Forever Young”: Accurate title for a band that’s been around for almost 40 years and still tours and makes albums. I have mixed feelings. It’s like the music is louder than the singing at some times. There is guitar though, and that makes me extremely happy. You can hear the two guitars mixing together. Also, this song is only 2 minutes and 22 seconds long, so that’s weird.
“Last Dance”: Ooh, more acoustic guitar!! My favorite. This has a nice sound to it, and it’s a ballad I will definitely love. Vocals are A+. Lyrics are kind of emotional, actually. Oh wait, an electric guitar has been added. Probably Phil.
“Wings of an Angel”: I hear some bass again and the guitar riff is good, so I’m excited. And backing vocals!! This does have an older Def Leppard feel, I think. Overall, not bad. I like it. And yes, there’s whammy bar action at the end.
“Blind Faith”: The beginning is okay. A little monotonous. Oh, now we’ve got more music coming in. It kind of has a little bit of mystery surrounding it (at least, to me). It has a slow vibe to it, but it’s not a terrible vibe. Wait, it’s getting better. I’m starting to like it now. Yay, now we have the rest of the band coming in!! It’s a good song to end the album.
My overall opinion: A damn good Def Leppard album. It really does reflect what Def Leppard is, and there is some aspects of 80’s Lepps mixed in there. It’s not my favorite by them (Hysteria tops that) but it’s an album I’m sure I’ll have on repeat until I see them again in February. Out of 5 stars, I’m going with a 4.2. This album was well worth the wait for all die-hard Leppard fans (like me, and the millions of people who are much older than I am).