Slang [Deluxe Edition]

Slang [Deluxe Edition]

by Def Leppard
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
Label:
Mailboat Records
UPC:
0698268951518
catalogNumber:
9515
Rank:
23691

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Def Leppard   Primary Artist
Vivian Campbell   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Phil Collen   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joe Elliott   Vocals,Group Member
Rick Savage   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Def Leppard   Producer,Art Direction
Joe Elliott   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Pete Woodroffe   Producer,Engineer
Ger McDonnell   Engineer
Duff Battye   Public Relations
Richard Proctor   Art Direction
Collen   Composer
Carleen Donovan   Public Relations
Jon Jones   Public Relations

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