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Reviews – Diamond Star Halos

01. Take What You Need
02. Kick
03. Fireplace It Up
04. This Guitar
05. SOS Emergency
06. Liquid Mud
07. U Rok Mi
08. Goodbye For Good This Time
09. All We Want
10. Open Your Eyes
11. Gimme A Kiss
12. Angels (Cannot Assist You Now)
13. Lifeless
14. Unbreakable
15. From Right here To Eternity

With such an abundance of licensed, timeless anthems of their now huge catalogue, DEF LEPPARD may completely be forgiven for resting on their laurels, touring the world on an infinite nostalgia journey and by no means once more making a brand new album. However the one factor that has all the time made the British crew so extensively interesting is that DEF LEPPARD have by no means stopped behaving just like the wide-eyed, priapic youngsters they have been after they penned “Whats up America” all these years in the past. The band’s recorded output over the past 20 years has actually included some doubtful moments, however the general impression has continued to be of a band in love with rock ‘n’ roll, monumental singalong tunes and the entire enviornment rock expertise. If 2015’s self-titled album turned out be a good distance from the definitive work its title promised, it nonetheless had a lot to commend it, and many proof that DEF LEPPARD are nonetheless greater than able to whacking out an irresistible, onerous rock showstopper. We could also be previous the purpose the place they are going to ever make a licensed basic once more (and with each “Pyromania” and “Hysteria” on the books, why would they should?),however DEF LEPPARD are nonetheless lovers at coronary heart, and “Diamond Star Halos” is an album with a giant, silly grin on its face.

What hits residence hardest right here is how relaxed DEF LEPPARD are proper now. “Diamond Star Halos” is low on shiny bells and high-tech whistles, nevertheless it compensates by being (primarily) full of straightforward, heartfelt and punchy songs. “Take What You Need”, “Kick” and “Fireplace It Up” present an ideal opening trilogy, with all the enormous hooks, glam-meets-metal riffs and costly however understated manufacturing anybody may presumably want. “This Guitar” and “Angels (Cannot Assist You Now)” depict the LEPs in languid, nation rock mode, aided massively by two beautiful visitor vocals from ALISON KRAUSS and a few lovely guitar solos. “Lifeless” and “SOS Emergency” are a little bit darker and grittier than their counterparts, with each present in an identical sonic ballpark to the ageless “Animal”. Nearer “From Right here To Eternity” is a splendidly indulgent ballad: ’70s glam flamboyance colliding with some basic LEPPARD vocal harmonies; “Liquid Mud” is a joyously schmaltzy salute to ELTON JOHN and THE BEATLES with elegant waves of stirring strings.

In fact, this would not be a DEF LEPPARD report with out a few main clangers. “U Rok Mi” is as lyrically feeble and goofy as its title suggests (and sure, they positively do that stuff on objective!),  whereas “Gimme A Kiss” is a tough rocker so slight that its inclusion is genuinely bewildering. For probably the most half, nevertheless, “Diamond Star Halos” is an excellent time had by all.

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