Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Def Leppard - Tales From The Sparkle Lounge (2008)


"OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS" WEEK (MAY 1-7, 2011)

It almost sounds like Def Leppard was able to get Matt Lange to produce this album. They really got back to an early '80s arena-glam-rock sound which is really all I can ask for. Would it have been better with their old producer? Most definitely, but it's their best effort since 1992's Adrenalize. It's not a great album, but it's a good Def Leppard album and sometimes that's just what you need. There's nothing that made me want to pull out my air guitar, but this is a fun listen by the pool or in the truck.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #5

Tracks: 11 tracks, not even 40 minutes of music (again, just like the '80s!). All the up-tempo songs are high-energy and enjoyable. Love, their lone attempt at a ballad, is really bad. The better tracks are Go, Nine Lives (with Tim McGraw), Hallucinate, Come Undone, Bad Actress, and the Beatlesque Only The Good Die Young. Favorite lyrics come from the chorus of Bad Actress: "Can't sing, can't dance, can't fit in your pants / You're a bad actress."

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.

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