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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Where Pyromania had set the standard for polished, catchy pop-metal, Hysteria only upped the ante. Pyromania's slick, layered Mutt Lange production turned into a painstaking obsession with dense sonic detail on Hysteria, with the result that some critics dismissed the record as a stiff, mechanized pop sell-out perhaps due in part to Rick Allen's new, partially electronic drum kit. But Def Leppard's music had always employed big, anthemic hooks, and few of the pop-metal bands who had hit the charts in the wake of Pyromania could compete with Leppard's sense of craft; certainly none had the pop songwriting savvy to produce seven chart singles from the same album, as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Where Pyromania had set the standard for polished, catchy pop-metal, Hysteria only upped the ante. Pyromania's slick, layered Mutt Lange production turned into a painstaking obsession with dense sonic detail on Hysteria, with the result that some critics dismissed the record as a stiff, mechanized pop sell-out perhaps due in part to Rick Allen's new, partially electronic drum kit. But Def Leppard's music had always employed big, anthemic hooks, and few of the pop-metal bands who had hit the charts in the wake of Pyromania could compete with Leppard's sense of craft; certainly none had the pop songwriting savvy to produce seven chart singles from the same album, as the stunningly consistent Hysteria did. Joe Elliott's lyrics owe an obvious debt to his obsession with T. Rex, particularly on the playfully silly anthem "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and the British glam rock tribute "Rocket," while power ballads like "Love Bites" and the title track lack the histrionics or gooey sentimentality of many similar offerings. The strong pop hooks and "perfect"-sounding production of Hysteria may not appeal to die-hard heavy metal fans, but it isn't heavy metal -- it's pop-metal, and arguably the best pop-metal ever recorded. Its blockbuster success helped pave the way for a whole new second wave of hair metal bands, while proving that the late-'80s musical climate could also be very friendly to veteran hard rock acts, a lead many would follow in the next few years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 042283067523
  • Catalog Number: 830675
  • Sales rank: 35,264

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Women (5:41)
  2. 2 Rocket (6:34)
  3. 3 Animal (4:02)
  4. 4 Love Bites (5:46)
  5. 5 Pour Some Sugar on Me (4:25)
  6. 6 Armageddon It (5:21)
  7. 7 Gods of War (6:32)
  8. 8 Don't Shoot Shotgun (4:10)
  9. 9 Run Riot (4:38)
  10. 10 Hysteria (5:49)
  11. 11 Excitable (4:19)
  12. 12 Love and Affection (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Def Leppard Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Steve Clark Guitar
Phil Collen Guitar
Joe Elliott Vocals
Rick Savage Bass, Bass Guitar
Phil Nicholas fairlight
Rick Allen Drums
Rick Allen Drums
Joe Elliot Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Clark Contributor
Nigel Green Engineer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Erwin Musper Engineer
Ronald Prent Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Rick Allen Composer
Joe Elliot Composer
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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Wow the cd is cool wicked love the songs glad i have the cd Def Lepard Rocks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best of The Best

    80's Rock at it's best, this album contains all of the classics. No 80's rock collection is complete without this album, every track is good, and some you can only get on this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best album ever!!!!!

    This is bar none the greatest album of all time! All killer, no filler! You must buy this album. This is one of the defining albums of an era, and a must for every CD collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Def Leppard album ever!!!!

    Def Leppard's Hysteria album is the best metal cd ever!! From Pour Some Sugar on Me to Rocket to Love Bites, every song is a masterpiece!! Every time I listen to this cd I can't just listen to it one time..I always listen to it multiple times..If I had to choose one cd to own from Def Leppard this cd would be it! I never get bored listening to it..Even in the new millenium, it's still my fav metal cd!! The best songs are Pour Some Sugar On Me, Rocket, Animal, Love Bites, Hysteria, Armageddon It. If you don't own this cd, buy it. You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Def Leppard ROCKS!!!!!!!!

    Hysteria is by far my favorate cd by Def Leppard to date. I love Def Leppard and have ever sicnce i first heard Pour Some Sugar On Me. Def Leppard is one of my favorate bands and this is my favorate album. :-D

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