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Slang

4.3 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (May 14 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001EMN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Truth?
2. Turn To Dust
3. Slang
4. All I Want Is Everything
5. Work It Out
6. Breathe A Sigh
7. Deliver Me
8. Gift Of Flesh
9. Blood Runs Cold
10. Where Does Love Go When It Dies
11. Pearl Of Euphoria

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Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) pressing of this classic 1996 album from the Rock legends. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2008.

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Somewhere along their musical path, Def Leppard shed their raw, youthful rock aggression and became a pop band. Their new direction, beginning with Pyromania and continuing with Hysteria and Adrenalize, was a complete departure from their earlier, stripped-down, AC/DCish approach, and it vaulted them to mega-stardom. Slang is their first record without producer "Mutt" Lange since their debut, On Through the Night. The good news is that it's a much more organic, less overproduced record than they would have made with Lange, but it's still more pop than hard rock. Dance beats and funky riffs, with no shortage of slower power ballads, sum up this record pretty thoroughly. The single "Work It Out" has a nice strong chorus (with almost Sebadoh-like harmonies) and is certainly less bombastic than past hits like "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Def Leppard have long since abandoned their heavy metal roots, but with Slang they've at least moved away from the studio dominance of Lange, and that's a step in the right direction. --Adem Tepedelen


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Format: Audio CD
Before you scream, I'll admit that this is not the best example of the sound that made Def Leppard a hard rock heavyweight in the 80's. For that, you need to look elsewhere (namely "Pyromania" and "Hysteria"). However, if you ignore for one moment your preconceived notions of this band and give this record a simple listen as if it were an anonymous piece of music, you might be likely to agree that this is one of the greatest, most adventurous album experiences you'll ever hear. This is by far the most mature, subtly complex music that Def Leppard ever recorded, and as a result, my favorite not only of their albums, but a top ten contender on my all time list. Everything is so different on "Slang," you'd think that this band had just come out of the gate. The guitar work on songs like "Turn to Dust" and "Pearl of Euphoria" is inspiring because of its simplicity. The latter song, the album's best track and coda, might as well have belonged to Led Zeppelin. The ballads, particularly "All I Want Is Everything" and "Where Does Love Go When It Dies," are for once sincere and moving, devoid of the usual mushiness that has become a trademark. "Blood Runs Cold," supposedly written about their late guitarist Steve Clark, is poignant in the same way that "Deliver Me" is haunting. Even the title track, the closest thing to traditional Leppard fare, is fresher and more creatively fun than most of their previous songs of the same blend. It is a shame that this material's commercial failure has since forced the band to return to its safer pop sensibilities, instead of allowing them the opportunity to delve into this territory even further, and in essence, grow as musicians and songwriters.Read more ›
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I would have loved to have seen the reaction had this been released in thier late 80's-early 90's heyday. A very surprising and sophisticated departure that works. It balances hard rock and power ballads nicely. I've had this CD for a few years now and still find myself shower singing songs from it.
The first track "Truth" of the album proves that they are on to something different by with an industrial scratch-drum as the main beat. Then goes into the eastern influenced "Turn to Dust." "Deliver Me" is a great throwback to Pyromania days. "Gift of Flesh" and "Pearl of Euphoria" were also favorite tracks of mine.
The only track that I was not impressed with was "Breathe a Sigh" It was the most contrived of all the power ballads.
The acoustic laden "Where does love go.." on the opposite end of the spectrum by being the most sincere.
Vivian Campbell, the much underutilized axeman in Dio and Whitesnake, makes his debut on this album replacing the late Steve Clark. He slides comfortably into the position and even gets a few writing credits on the album.
A really nice stretch without sacrificing thier basic sound by incorporating sitars, mandolins and dulcimers. There have been many eighties metal bands that have tried to reclaim their former glory by relasing mediocre, poorly produced albums. This is not the case here. I recommend this to anyone remotely curious, like I was when I got this on an impulse. A really good and solid album.
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With Slang Def Leppard rebuilt themselves in the 90’s. I know that in 1 or 2 songs they sounds like they try to make grundge ( truth and deliver me), but in some of the sounds they really tried to reinvent themselves. Work it out ( the single) is a top song with lots of melodic hints of their past and you will sing the chorus before the end, the fact that it’s their new guitarist Vivian Campbell ( from Dio and Whitesnake fame) shows that he integrate more than well.

Lots of great songs on this album : Pearl of euphoria is a good emotions songs, Blood runs cold is a good songs to commemorate Steve Clark. All i want is everything shows that these guys knows how to write a great melodic hard rock songs. The only songs i didn’t like much is Slang and it’s not so bad for a commercial songs ( and it last only 2 minutes).

The good thing with this elude edition is the song that didn’t make the album are great. Move with me slowly is a great melodic song, I particularly love All on your touch with the unbelievable feeling touch. Can’t keep away from the flame is also a great song, the rest of the unreleased songs are mostly demos of songs from the album.

Anyway if you’re a real DL fan you will like to have it !
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I didn't like this album too much when it first came out. I wanted more of the Pyromania to Adrenalize sound. Once I got past what it wasn't, this album grew to become my favourite by the group. A re-release with a second disc is supposed to be on the way for summer 2012 with b-sides and unreleased material. If it is released again, I will pick that up too.
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Def Leppard quickly moved from the accoustic and organic frame which the previous Retro Active album created; allowing the seeds to be planted for the Slang album.
After the multi-million selling number 1 world charted Adrenalize album from 1992 was released, Def Leppard quickly moved in the direction of organic sounds such as "Two Steps Behind", "Miss You In Heartbeat" and the amazing "From the Inside" in 1993 on Retro Active.
Slang released in 1996 sealed the deal for lovers of an analog sound. The highlights are "Work It Out" which is Def Leppard but confuses one in a happy way into thinking that it might in fact be U2. "All I Want Is Everything" brings a new edgy accoustic blues feel to the band. Joe Elliott's lyrics on "Where Does Love Go When It Dies" are simply some of the best he has ever penned. The masterpiece of this album though, "Pearl of Euphoria" is an almost 7 minute journey of Jim Morrison meets an agressive and angry Def Leppard vibe which reminds one of what happens when the band writes on pure emotion and vibe. A little gem from this era on B-Sides is "Can't Keep Away From The Flame" sort of a hippy Led Zeppelin 3 feel. Great era of Def Leppard!
Classic album on my list of the best albums of 1996 also it is the bands final album on vinyl.
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