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by Def Leppard

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While many of their contemporaries from the new wave of British heavy metal and the hard-rock charts of the late '80s have gotten mired in patches of stylistic quicksand, Def Leppard have always managed to sidestep stasis. Their moves haven't always been clever ones -- Slang, for instance, found the band out of their depth, heft-wise --…  See more details below


While many of their contemporaries from the new wave of British heavy metal and the hard-rock charts of the late '80s have gotten mired in patches of stylistic quicksand, Def Leppard have always managed to sidestep stasis. Their moves haven't always been clever ones -- Slang, for instance, found the band out of their depth, heft-wise -- but they've always been interesting to observe. X will keep listeners on their toes, to be sure, and will also reward those who're open to the Leps' poppier inclinations. Those are aired from the outset here, on the breezy opening salvo of "Now" and on "Unbelievable," on which the band is abetted by producer Per Aldenheim, whose previous credits include Britney Spears and 'N Sync. The gloss on those tracks might come as a surprise to folks who raised their fists to songs like "Pour Some Sugar on Me," but not all of the quintet's tenth outing follows suit: "Torn to Shreds" and "Cry" both coast along on chunky, infectious riffs -- a fine foil for Joe Elliott's amiably raspy vocals. Still, as they pass the quarter-century mark as a band, Def Leppard seem more content to amble along placidly, eking out the sort of tough-guy ballads -- like "Long, Long Way to Go" -- that keep Bic stock in positive territory.

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Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
X may be their niftiest since Adrenalize.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Def Leppard   Primary Artist
Vivian Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Carter   Keyboards,Drum Loop
Phil Collen   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Elliott   Vocals
Rick Savage   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Rick Allen   Drums

Technical Credits

Def Leppard   Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Richard Chycki   Engineer
Pete Woodroffe   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Liz Sroka   Engineer
Robert Bergman   Contributor
Andreas Carlsson   Producer
Per Aldeheim   Producer
Jerry Johnson   Drum Technician
Stefan Boman   Engineer
Ronan McHugh   Programming,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Rick Allen   Contributor

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X 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Leppard fan since High N Dry and am now in my early 30's. I have to say this CD had some standouts from the moment I first heard it, but after listening to it for over the past ten days: I think it is awesome. It has everything a fan could want!With a heavy pop rock flavor the songs are all masterfully crafted and the band seems to be having a good time doing what they love to do: making great fun music. I think that Scar just may be my favorite Lep tune of all time. If you like Def Leppard at all, by this CD now!!! You will be glad you did, it is most excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
X has been touted as the Leps best album since Hysteria, indeed had they both been released at the same time, this would run it very close. It's fresh and modern sounding, yet still Lep sounding. This album has everything and I think will appeal to anyone not just fans. There are quite possibly some of Def Leppards best tunes on this record and the song writing really is second to none. It really doesn't need any hype, just listen and buy it. Probably one of the best albums I've ever heard!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was just listing to the song samples for def leppard soon tobe relased cd x. and this is going to be a verry awesome cd.joe elliots volcals are top preformance and the rest ofthe bands playing and backing volcals are 100% amazing.ya gotta get this cd when it hits'the stores or pre order this 10th def leppard creationrocker. iknow i will
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listened to the whole album and couldn't find one song that I liked. Maybe the next album will better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No offense meant to Slang, and everything up until this album, but X marks the spot in a big way! The most solid tracks of the album are (with track number in brackets): [01] Now =;= [04] Everyday =;= [05] Long, Long Way To Go =;= [06] Four Letter Word =;= [07] Torn To Shreds =;= [08] Love Don't Lie =;= [10] Cry =;= [12] Let Me Be The One =;= [13] Scar ... USA fans of the band will DEFINATELY want to get their hands on the Japan/UK only release: [14] Kiss The Day ... along with the moving acoustic version of ''Long, Long Way To Go'' (track [15]) which is a Japanese-only release. It's an excellent album overall, featuring haunting lyrics (track 05), sensitive but smooth moments (track 12), and plenty of guitar and drum-work which is reminiscent of the band's heyday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Def Leppard's new ablbum, X, is absolutely fantastic -- it is every bit as good as Pyromania, Hysteria, or Adrenalize.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's too bad that the only way you can get critical acclaim anymore is by writing an entire album inspired by a great American tragedy (ala Bruce Springsteen), or by having every song on your album sung by some other guest singer (ala Santana) or by singing completely unintelligibly (ala Bob Dylan). This album, despite being one of the strongest yet by one of the greatest bands ever, will never get all the credit it deserves. Why? Because not many critics are willing to allow Def Leppard the chance to polish or modernize their sound... they want every new album to be ''Pyromania II''. In actuality, though, this album has all the classic Leppard elements - catchy guitar hooks, melodic, harmonized vocals, ballads combined with hard rock epics and radio friendly pop rock songs - while still sounding fresh and modern. There are at least 7 or 8 songs on this album that could potentialy be successful radio singles - if given the chance. The best songs are ''Long Long Way to Go'', ''Unbelievable'', ''Torn to Shreds'', and ''Four Letter Word'', while ''Everyday'', ''Now'', and ''You're So Beautiful'' are also excellent. If you listened to Def Leppard more recently than 1982, then you'll agree this could be their best album yet, top to bottom. If you like catchy, well-written songs, go to Barnes and Noble and get ''X''. Buy it because it's awesome, and ignore what the 'critics' say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a surprise this album is, even though I've been a Def Leppard fan and have all of their work. Wheras Slag faltered and Euphoria got them back on track, albeit sounding a bit out of time, X is a blend of both worlds and is to Def Leppard what All You Can Leave Behind was to U2. Every song on this album has potential to be heard on radio in some format or another. For sheer rockers, there's Now, Scar, Cry, and a very AC/DC like Four Letter Word. Unbelievable is a great mid-tempo song, much like Torn to Shreds and Everyday which has something of a country twang going on. Suprisingly, Long Long Way To Go is perhaps Def Leppard's most emotional ballad yet, dealing with getting over a broken heart. This one has ''return to top 10 territory'' written all over it. A brief rating of each song: 1. Now ****1/2 2. Ubelievable ***** 3. You're So Beautiful ***** 4. Everyday ***** 5. Long Long Way To Go ***** 6. Four Letter Word ****1/2 7. Torn to Shreds ****1/2 8. Love Don't Lie **** 9. Gravity ***** 10. Cry ***1/2 11. Girl Like You **1/2 12. Let Me Be The One **1/2 13. Scar ****1/2 If anything, the album lags after the first 10 tracks a bit before finishing with a classic Leppard tune, Scar--but that's little to complain about as you'll be hard pressed finding an album this, or any, year with 10 outstanding first tracks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is definitely awesome. I've listened to it repeatedly for a few days and still can't get enough of it. I've been a Leppard fan since On Through The Night. They've mellowed out quite a bit since those days, but their new songs are more mature and equally powerful. The song Scar reminded me quite a bit of the melodic rock songs they wrote on High 'N Dry and Pyromania. Euphoria was a step back in the right direction, and X puts them completely back on the right path, in my opinion. I can't wait for their next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truimph! Absolute triumph. This is the best CD since Hysteria. Not a bad track on the entire CD, although several are written so well it will make your hair stand up on end. Long Long Way to Go is the very best ballad ever performed by Leppard and Scar and Four Letter Word also rank right up there as classic rockers. Rock, Pop, anthemic, melodic, with just enough of the ballads sprinkled in to make this an album that can appeal to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
tis albulm is great. theve managed to take the soundwe're familar with and make t new at the same time. thier first sngle now s a great way to start the whole thing off, and ending with scar-9american version anyway) is great. the additional bonus material is cool,as well.i coulnt givbe you one favorite, bc i love them all..let me be the one is a great ballad,with beautiful lyrics, gravity was an unexpected, unique one thats great to dance to,your so beautiful is another wonderful one. all in all, this is a great albulm. i hoe that others will see this too,and that the cd gets loads of airplay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to the new CD over and over. At first, I only found two songs that I really liked...Four Letter Word and Scar. Now, I'm starting to like You're so Beautiful and Cry. I just hate those slow ballads and sappy songs like...Let me be the one. Overall, pretty good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
def leppard is one of those bands that everyone loves- whether they know t or not. many times some one will like a lepp song but ot know whos sings it. i dontneed to tell ya that this is obviosly one of the hardest woring bands on the face of this planet(i didnt need to tell ya but i did) they went through alot of experementing, i think that the band has learned fom this. this albulm is great, i recommened it for anyone, especailly hardcore fans.i can honestly say i like all o these songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Lepp fan, I love the direction the band is in-heavy melody & great riffs! I want this album to sell millions!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another great DL record. Euphoria was OK, but they seems to be trying too hard to be hip on that one. This one is modern, but in a good way. It's fresh, and new, not just a retread of old hits. In many ways this record is similar to Slang in that it has mature, powerful songs, with a mix of a few fun ones, all expertly played and recorded. The rich, full multilayered sound that began with Hysteria is here in force. ''Torn to Shreds'' is my favorite off the ablum. It's powerful, it's passionate, but it's not all sappy and wimpy like some unmentionable boy bands might perform. ;) There is also some real Pyromania/High & Dry feel in a few of the songs. Scar, Cry, and You're so Beautiful all have a raw live feel to them. We see Phil Collin and Vivian Campbell really showcase thier skills here. In the recent past they have been fairly restrained in their playing, even though they are both very accomplished players. It's nice to hear a good riff again!! To wrap it up, buy this album....Now. (Pun intended) Hell they are still at it, and time has shown that sticking to your roots pays off for the fans and the band alike. Good for them for making a fine album, and better for us to have the pleasure of enjoying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Been a fan since High n Dry. Way too soft. These guys are supposed to be a metal band. Just compare the tracks on X with some of their other recent stuff like 'Ring of Fire' on Retro-active, and you'll agree with me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These BNWHM rockers, turned into eighties pop-metal superstars, have survived every obstacle a band might face: the severe injury of drummer Rick Allen, the death of guitarist Steve Clark, changes in musical trends (early nineties¿ Seattle Grunge, late nineties¿ New-Metal), and even a couple of unfocused, lukewarm albums (1996¿s ¿SLANG¿ and 1999¿s ¿EUPHORIA¿). In spite of all this, Def Leppard still has a respectable loyal fan base, thanks to its irresistible, first-rate blend of AC/DC crunch and British seventies Glam Rock that could appeal to both metal heads and teenyboppers. While ¿X¿ is not ¿HYSTERIA¿, it¿s certainly their best effort in a decade. On ¿X¿, these musicians are back in fine form, and have finally managed to update their sound without betraying their roots. This album features a healthy dose of classic Def Leppard stuff, like the record¿s grand finale, ¿SCAR¿, the snappy ¿GIRL LIKE YOU¿, and ¿FOUR LETTER WORD¿ (my favorite cut on ¿X¿), which sounds a lot like ¿ARMAGEDDON IT¿. ¿X¿ has also some potential hits, the most obvious ones being ¿LONG LONG WAY TO GO¿, and ¿UNBELIEVABLE¿, a song written by super producer Per Aldenheim, Andreas Carlsson and Max Martin (who also co-wrote Bon Jovi¿s recent hit, ¿IT¿S MY LIFE¿). Marti Frederiksen (the producer behind Aerosmith¿s ¿JUST PUSH PLAY) also had a hand in the writing of radio-ready tracks like ¿EVERYDAY¿ and ¿YOU¿RE SO BEAUTIFUL¿. Let¿s hope that the record buying public is willing to listen to them. ¿X¿ deserves to be a hit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really like this album.. ''Now'' and ''Everyday'' are my faves..though ''Photograph'' is the best song ever! Impressed with the new songwriting collaboration with Marti Frederiksen ..great stuff!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since purchasing this album the day it was released, I have listened to the album over and over. My favorites on this album have changed from day one to present, indicating that some songs grab you immediately, while others grow on you. This album does not have the heavy guitar riffs common on pyromania, but still has a heavy guitar sound on a good portion of the album. While I prefer the up-tempo rock songs that light a fire in you while driving in your car, all songs (including the ballads) are well written. This album cannot be reviewed with just one listen. The more you listen, the more infectious this album is. How I would rank the songs (From favorite to least favorite): Four letter word, You're so beautiful, Girl like you, Gravity, Scar, Now, Love don't lie, Cry, Torn to shreds, Let me be the one, Unbelievable, Everyday, Long long way to go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first listened to X (Ten) I wasn't that thrilled about it. I then realized that when I first bought "Hysteria" I didn't care for that either. It took time for it to grow on me. "X" is a updated sound for the boys. I don't agree with people that say bands sell out if they change their sound. I think a band needs to evolve. Musically d.l.'s weakest effort was "Adrenalize". "X" has some great songs. "Now", Girl Like You", You're So Beautiful", "Torn to Shreds" and "Four Letter Word" are at the top of my list. The album has many different dimensions to it. Give it time to grow on you and it will. The only misstep here is the need to play it safe on some songs -- cut loose guys, you are a hard rock band. Overall a nice effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
X is the latest installment from one of the greatest rock bands to emerge in the past 25 years. Def Leppard has had the gift of pretty much never writing a dull album. Every piece of work that they come out with is purely amazing. From first track to last, X proves to be one of the better albums that came out in 2002.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything the Leps have ever done is sheer perfection from beginning to end and "X" is no exception. I think that if they were given the chance and the radio play any of the 13 songs on "X" could be top 10 hits because they are all superb. Rockers, ballads, they can do it all and they do it very well. Their songwriting, vocals and music are second to none. I wish they would get all the credit and recognition that they deserve because they are still THE BEST rock band around. I love the whole album but some of my favorite songs are Now, Torn To Shreds, Scar, Gravity, and Four Letter Word. I went to their concert in 2003 and they were amazing! Buy this CD and you won't regret it.
norich717 More than 1 year ago
i bought this cd when it first came out.What a huge disappointment.I was hoping to hear some new riffs,different drum fills,great rythym lead in's.Instead I am left listening to drippy ballads,repeatable drum beats and fills on every song...they all sound the same..no disrespect to the percussion but come on ...it sounds repetitive through out the whole cd open the ears and truly listen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago