DEF LEPPARD

(UNITED KINGDOM)

SLANG

(1996)
LABEL:

MERCURY

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Melancholic
"The furthest album from Def Leppard's preferred style, "Slang" is a real treasure cave whose variety of sounds and themes does not break the cohesion."
LOLOCELTIC (15.05.2009)  
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While Def Leppard released a series of magical albums with "Pyromania", "Hysteria" and "Adrenalize", the British band starts to be reproached by some for not renewing its style. Taking advantage of the integration of Vivian Campbell in place of the late Steve Clark, Def Leppard remains 4 years without releasing a new album apart from a "Retro-Active" gathering B-sides and unreleased tracks. Here is "Slang" which comes to put an end to this wait and which will undoubtedly be the most controversial album of Def Leppard's discography.

Indeed, those who already imagined that Joe Elliot and his band were going to continue to capitalize on a style of which they are the progenitors will be surprised. From the first notes of 'Truth', Def Leppard astonishes with a track mixing grunge and indus sounds, orientalizing soli and devoid of the choruses that made the band famous. If most of the fans will appreciate the risk-taking and the renewal of the band's music, some, settled in the comfort of a musical style that seems to be established for many years to come, will not get over it. Especially since we are not at the end of our surprises, as this album is a real treasure cave whose variety of sounds and themes does not harm the unity of the album.

'Turn To Dust' hypnotizes with its Indian sounding intro and heavy riff while 'Slang' is irresistible with its immediate chorus, rap verses and bouncy riff. 'Deliver Me' is dark with its tempo variations and it follows with a punk energy and metallic power 'Gift Of Flesh'. No wonder that some people got lost in the middle of all these surprises, even if Def Leppard leaves some marks within this unleashing, the choirs and vocal harmonies remaining present on many tracks.

Several ballads are present on "Slang", without making the whole sink into the mawkishness. The style is approached under different angles which makes the exercise varied and successful. 'All I Want Is Everything' unfolds on a mid-tempo with some country accents while 'Breathe A Sigh' settles us in a comfort as delicate as its acoustic intro and its aerial guitars. The summit of the genre is reached with 'Blood Runs Cold', a magnificent tribute to Steve Clark with its well rounded and deep bass and vaporous guitars and choirs. Finally, 'Where Does Love Go When It Dies' sees Def Leppard renew the semi-acoustic exercise already successful with 'Two Steps Behind', an airy break replacing the classic solo.

"Slang" is a real questioning which, far from weakening the band, makes us discover the extent of its talent through 11 tracks of an uncommon variety and richness. And if some preferred to criticize this album under the blow of the surprise, we will advise them to dive back into it because, if it does not have the immediate side of its predecessors, it has the advantage to deliver its secrets after each listening.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Truth? - 3:00
02. Turn To Dust - 4:21
03. Slang - 2:37
04. All I Want Is Everything - 5:20
05. Work It Out - 4:49
06. Breathe A Sigh - 4:06
07. Deliver Me - 3:04
08. Gift Of Flesh - 3:48
09. Blood Runs Cold - 4:26
10. Where Does Love Go When It Dies - 4:05
11. Pearl Of Euphoria - 6:19

LINEUP:
Joe Elliott: Chant
Phil Collen: Guitares
Rick Allen: Batterie
Rick Savage : Basse
Vivian Campbell: Guitares
   
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