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Slang is Def Leppard’s pinnacle: an amazing album that was vastly under appreciated at the time.
Many Def Leppard fans wanted another Hysteria, but in the age of grunge, that just wasn’t possible. The band went on an adventure with Slang, spreading its musical directions every way it could, writing lyrics with weight to them. If anything, Slang is one of those albums that is a journey from start to finish, making you feel exhausted by the last note.
With the first opening distortions of Truth, it’s clear this was a new era for Def Leppard. The haunting Turn to Dust follows it up with it’s airy harmonies and sitar. It takes until the third track, Slang, to hear traces of the Def Leppard of old. Just as quickly the album veers back with the gritty All I Want is Everything. Vivian’s Work it Out brings a different vibe, with heavy bass throughout. The R&B-influenced Breathe a Sigh is next with very heavy harmonies that work brilliantly. Deliver Me is as close to grunge as the band could possibly go, and Gift of Flesh puts to the pedal to the metal for an in your face rocker that harkens back to the band’s earliest days. The end of the album slows considerably with the chilling Steve Clark-inspired Blood Runs Cold, the beautiful Where Does Love Go when it Dies, and the trippy, dragging Pearl of Euphoria.
People needed to understand that it couldn’t be 1987 forever and they needed to let Def Leppard grow. Slang is a flash of brilliance of what could have been. Instead, the reaction to this album lead to the recording of the ridiculously over-produced and lazy “Euphoria” album. It would take several albums later, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, to once again hear some of the influence of Slang. It’s a shame.
The added tracks on this deluxe version are worth the price. The only missing track I see is Work it Out with Vivian on vocals, which was a b-side of that era. In addition, there were a few live tracks and acoustic tracks from that era that would have been nice additions, but as it stands, the included tracks are fascinating to hear to understand the evolution of this disc.
Slang is still fresh today. It was, in some ways, ahead of the curve and not merely a “me too” grunge attempt. It was, without a doubt, Def Leppard’s best album - and I say that as a fan since the Pyromania days. The classic four records are amazing in their own ways, but Slang was something special. It’s a shame it was never recognized as such.

One of the best Def Leppard Albums

Def Leppard fans are hesitant to like this album strictly because it lacks the sonic style of all their previous albums. It's true, this album went on a completely different tangent, but the result was an innovative piece of work which I believe makes it stand as the best Def Leppard album post-Hysteria. Being a fan of multiple forms of rock music, I found that this really seemed to match the style that it was recorded in while still maintaining a quality all their own. Well done Def Leppard!!!


It's hard to take Def Leppard seriously when their best albums (Pyromania, Hysteria, etc.) aren't even on iTunes.


Formed: 1977 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In many ways, Def Leppard were the definitive hard rock band of the '80s. There were many bands that rocked harder (and were more dangerous) than the Sheffield-based quintet, but few others captured the spirit of the times quite as well. Emerging in the late '70s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Def Leppard actually owed more to the glam rock and metal of the early '70s, as their sound was equal parts T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. By toning down their heavy riffs...
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