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  • Sure, Slang is a bit of a departure for Def Leppard, and no, it doesn’t sound like a “fun” record at all, but who ever said a band should stick to one sound, and only one sound?
    By the time Slang was released, Def Leppard was one of the biggest bands in the world. They had weathered personnel changes,
    a death in the band, and the horrible accident that took the arm of Rick Allen, thier drummer. But still they were big, and very strong. They still are, but when Slang was released they took a chance and put out an album that was dark, and moody. It may not have sold a zillion copies, but it was, and still is, very, very good! The title song, Work it Out, and All I want is everything are three of my favorite Leppard songs. There is nothing at all wrong with an artist making some changes, and putting out something different. An artist must figure (and rightly so) that even if they don’t pick up any new fans, the old ones (the true fans) will give the new work a listen and most likely find something they like in the new stuff. I did. I’ve enjoyed Slang since its release and think it’s one of the band’s best. If you’re new to Def Leppard (where have you been hiding?) then please listen to something else before Slang. You might be just a bit put off by it. But, if you are a casual fan, and looking to expand your collection, then by all means, give Slang a listen. The difference will grab you. And to all you people who think Def Leppard died with Steve Clarke, wake the hell up!

    Posted on November 27, 2009