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After the lackluster performance of Adrenalize, Def Leppard realized it was time to abandon their trademark wall-of-guitars sound. Jettisoning producer Mutt Lange -- who, admittedly, was busy producing his wife, country singer Shania Twain -- the group stripped its sound to the basics for Slang. There are very few layers-of-guitar effects on the album, just straight, crunching chords. Most notably, Rick Allen has returned to playing acoustic drums after playing an electronic kit for nearly a decade. The change in approach is apparent and welcome -- Def Leppard hasn't sounded so immediate since Pyromania. Furthermore, they decided to expand their musical ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After the lackluster performance of Adrenalize, Def Leppard realized it was time to abandon their trademark wall-of-guitars sound. Jettisoning producer Mutt Lange -- who, admittedly, was busy producing his wife, country singer Shania Twain -- the group stripped its sound to the basics for Slang. There are very few layers-of-guitar effects on the album, just straight, crunching chords. Most notably, Rick Allen has returned to playing acoustic drums after playing an electronic kit for nearly a decade. The change in approach is apparent and welcome -- Def Leppard hasn't sounded so immediate since Pyromania. Furthermore, they decided to expand their musical vocabulary slightly, working elements of R&B and funk into the rhythms. Not all of the experiments work, but Def Leppard sound revitalized, particularly when they attack a straightforward rocker. Slang would have been even better if they had come up with a set of hooks that sounded as alive as their performance, but the album is a much-needed return to form for the group.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453248625
  • Catalog Number: 532486

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Truth? (3:00)
  2. 2 Turn to Dust (4:21)
  3. 3 Slang (2:37)
  4. 4 All I Want Is Everything (5:20)
  5. 5 Work It Out (4:49)
  6. 6 Breathe a Sigh (4:06)
  7. 7 Deliver Me (3:04)
  8. 8 Gift of Flesh (3:48)
  9. 9 Blood Runs Cold (4:26)
  10. 10 Where Does Love Go When It Dies (4:04)
  11. 11 Pearl of Euphoria (6:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Def Leppard Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Vivian Campbell Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Phil Collen Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Elliott Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Craig Pruess Conductor
Rick Savage Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Pete Woodroffe Piano, Keyboards
Gavyn Wright Leader
Rick Allen Percussion, Drums
Malvin Mortimer Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Def Leppard Producer
Jeff Murray Art Direction
Bobby Brooks Programming
Brad Buxer Programming
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Craig Pruess String Arrangements, Percussion Arrangement
Pete Woodroffe Producer, Engineer
Hugh Drumm Programming
Ger McDonnell Programming, Engineer
Will Shapland Engineer
Terry Zoakitny Liner Note Producer
Ranjan Thakre Director
Joe Elliot Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mostly great, esp. for the mid '90's

    This album is often called a "failure", but I think people really missed out on the quality of this work. The style is definitely different from their '80's hits - the songs contain an edgier sound, but what's wrong with that? Musicians are supposed to try new things. The entire mood of the album is more ethereal while still rockin'. My favorite songs are "Truth?", "Turn to Dust", and "Pearl of Euphoria" (the title of which contains the title of their next album!) I have loved Def Leppard since I was about 11 and "Pyromania" had just come out. Even though "Slang" contains a couple of overly-gooey ballads that I can't stand, the work as a whole is a great effort. Listen and decide for yourself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must Have for all Def Lep fans

    The best album released since Hysteria.It shows more mature side to the best band ever.The whole entire album rocks and it is some of Vivian Campbell's best guitar work ever,not to mention some excellent songs wrote by Vivian.

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    Posted August 31, 2010

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