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Enjoyable first album in seven years from Sheffield-formed hard rock act Def Leppard who on his new record play to their strengths
Def Leppard enjoyed huge commercial success in the past - though, as their singer Joe Elliott has often complained, they were never seen as quite as fashionable or cool as some of their more alternative-minded peers.
But the Sheffield quintet certainly know how to play to their strengths - and 'Diamond Star Halos', their first new album for seven years, is a hard-rocking record!
Named after a line in T. Rex's glam classic 'Get It On', the new release contains throwbacks to 1970s idols Marc Bolan, Mott The Hoople and David Bowie. 'Take What You Want' is a powerful, riff-heavy, tuneful track whilst the stomping 'Kick' is a magnificent late addition to the running order.
Joe Elliott's admiration of Bowie extends to two ballads featuring Mike Garson, the brilliant New York jazz pianist whose avant-garde runs were prominent on Bowie's “Aladdin Sane”.
Krauss and Elliott may initially seem a strange mix of voices - but Krauss has worked with Robert Plant in the past plus Def Leppard have also played a full show with Taylor Swift - so sometimes unexpected combinations can work really well.
Who knows, with Alison Krauss and Mike Garson on side, Def Leppard might soon be considered as cool, after all!
Take What You Want
Fire It Up
This Guitar (featuring Alison Krauss)
U Rok Mi
Goodbye For Good
All We Need
Open Your Eyes
Gimme A Kiss
Lifeless (featuring Alison Krauss)
From Here To Eternity
Goodbye For Good This Time - Avant-garde Mix
Lifeless - Joe Only version
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