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Def Leppard - 2002 X

ARTIST: Def Leppard
LABEL: Bludgeon Riffola, Island
SERIAL: 063 1392, 63121
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Joe Elliott - lead vocals * Phil Collen - guitars, backing vocals * Vivian Campbell - guitars, backing vocals * Rick Savage - bass, backing vocals * Rick Allen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Now * 02 Unbelievable * 03 You're So Beautiful * 04 Everyday * 05 Long Long Way To Go * 06 Four Letter Word * 07 Torn To Shreds * 08 Love Don't Lie * 09 Gravity * 10 Cry * 11 Girl Like You * 12 Let Me Be The One * 13 Scar



I remember all the hoopla this album generated across the Internet when this was released back in 2002. Suddenly, the band had become musically castrated, and perhaps had become best friends with Boyzone and Westlife, and it seemed that 'Pyromania' and 'Hysteria' had become a distant memory. Well it did, because reviewing 'X' years later, I can only summarise in one word.. 'absolute bollocks'. Well ok, that's two words, and if you think that I can't count, then what's the point in naming an album 'X' (one would assume to be ten, as in tenth album), when in fact it wasn't. Go figure! This album was a watershed in The Lepps career, and in the much maligned mis-direction that other 80's wonderboys such as Europe and Bon Jovi have gone, it would seem they all belong to the same club.. Watershed meaning 'change for the worse'.

The Songs
Now call me grown up and everything, but a rock outfit that poseured about as a heavy metal band in their earlier days now resorts to boy band ballads and insipid rockers that have been inspired by Bryan Adams and dare I say it Michael Bolton - beggars belief. Now no disrespect to Messrs Adams and Bolton, but it's clear that The Lepps have sullied their reputation by barging into their territory without asking for permission. Thirteen songs which blur into each other like a saccharine nightmare, this is not a hard rock CD. Let me repeat that.. This is not a hard rock CD.. Lol! The sugar sweet 'Long Long Way To Go' is a Westlife ripoff, 'Let Me Be The One' is similar, and what the heck is 'Gravity' all about? Funk, rap, crossover? You tell me.

In Summary
It's coming up to the end of the decade, and there are a few contenders for the decade's worst albums. This would surely have to be in the list, along with some of the aforementioned Europe and Bon Jovi's efforts. 'X' marks the spot. Yep, it sure does, a black spot..

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#1 | gdazegod on November 12 2009 13:41:52
I had fun writing this (unfortunately), not so much listening to it. I had to slap on 'High And Dry' to clear my senses.. Shock
#2 | gdazegod on November 12 2009 13:43:23
And yes, we will get around to 'Hysteria' at some point. At least to correct the imbalance that this album provided.. no way
#3 | george_the_jack on November 12 2009 13:48:12
George, I'm really impressed with your patience to face this crap even if it was for a blaming review!
#4 | dangerzone on November 12 2009 16:12:03
I remember the guy at MR giving this 99 or 100 out of 100. What was wrong with him? This album is a despicable act on all counts. I hate this band.pissed
#5 | RobLynott on November 19 2009 15:25:55
Your review hits the nail on the head. This album is absolut rubbish. Unbelievable that almost the same persons made High N Dry and Pyromania - two of the best hard rock/metal albums ever.

When I heard X the first time, I did the same to clear my senses: listening to Mirror Mirror and Die Hard The hunter music
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