Well said, they were one of my favorite bands for the better part of a decade starting with High 'n Dry but unfortunately outside of some tracks on Euphoria and a couple on the self-titled album they've done very little that has interested me over the last 25 years. Without Mutt pushing them and collaborating on the songwriting they seem to have been adrift without any clear direction
You hit the nail on the head for me. The Yeah album was irritating as heck...Covers of a bunch of songs that I never liked to begin with when they should be doing new music.
Def Leppard has been absolutely terrible at releasing new music...What's there, 2 new albums in the last 15 years or something? And 2 albums that were average at best with nowhere near the attention to detail or even focus they used to have. They're always been my favorite band but they need a producer in the worst way if you ask me. I mean, just put out a melodic rock album and stop screwing around with 70's influences and copycat Queen songs. They irritate me that they've seemed to run away from the style of music that made them successful.
Honestly...If they would just put out a melodic rock album in the vein of what Midnite City is doing, people would eat it up and say how awesome it is. Instead they continue doing these hodgepodge albums with a few good songs and a bunch of bad experiments and/or covers.....with Greatest Hits albums or live released every other year.
Sorry for the rant but they have been a frustrating band that was capable of much more the past 10-15 years IMO.
Really good album. Definite return to form here. This was an excellent band, but they kind of lost their way with the whole female vocal era, with some odd choices. It just wasn't for me, but now that the female vocals are gone, it's just down to proper melodic rock business. Good production and a great ballsy sound. Love the music on here... only slight "thing" is that a few choruses just kind of blend into the verses and you're halfway through before you're all like, "oh, this is actually the chorus." But that's not quite as bad as it sounds. The verses are very strong with nice backing vocal melodies popping up anywhere any time, so it's just a good flow of goodness.
Real nice album.