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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
X may be their niftiest since Adrenalize.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 044006312125
  • Catalog Number: 063121
  • Sales rank: 56,512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Now (3:58)
  2. 2 Unbelievable (3:58)
  3. 3 You're So Beautiful (3:31)
  4. 4 Everyday (3:08)
  5. 5 Long Long Way to Go (4:38)
  6. 6 Four Letter Word (3:07)
  7. 7 Torn to Shreds (2:56)
  8. 8 Love Don't Lie (4:46)
  9. 9 Gravity (2:33)
  10. 10 Cry (3:17)
  11. 11 Girl Like You (2:49)
  12. 12 Let Me Be the One (3:29)
  13. 13 Scar (4:59)
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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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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Where is Def Leppard's sound

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE LEPPARDS SIMPLY KNOW HOW TO ROCK!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A revamped def leppard

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't bother

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    17 year old fan

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST SINCE HYSTERIA

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A solid, fun album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    X - Def Leppard's best album since Hysteria; better than Adrenalize

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THEIR BEST ALBUM SINCE ''ADRENALIZE''. 3 1/2 STARS!.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Songwriting blood scores with Leps

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW !! BEST SINCE HYSTERIA!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    x marks the spot that rocks!!!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally an effort that rivals Hysteria

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    17 year old lep fan from iowa

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Def Leppard back? They never went away!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    big fan just not this album

    Listened to the whole album and couldn't find one song that I liked. Maybe the next album will better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Def Leppard - Back in a Big Way!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get it!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A little sappy...Though, I like the rockers

    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.

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