Pyromania review by Def Leppard

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  • Released: Jan 20, 1983
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9 (23 votes)
Def Leppard: Pyromania

Sound — 10
There are two types of Glam Metal, the kind that's about looking like a big awesome Rock Band and the kind that actually rocks. Def Leppard fall into the latter category. Originally part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, the band shifted their musical style to just good old-fashioned Hard Rock. I don't really know how they got classified as Glam Metal, but that's beside the point. This album is one of those top albums that defined the '80s and yet holds up in terms of quality, even after 30 years. The whole of "Pyromania" is solid Rock, for the sheer purpose of rocking.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics deal with two things: romance/sex in one form or another and rock 'n' roll. Actually, I guess that's really three things, but you get the idea. Pretty much every Def Leppard song ever recorded has the same general topics, but that doesn't mean the lyrics are bad. The music on "Pyromania" is amazing, but it sometimes seems to me that the guitar playing slightly overpowers everything else. Even so, the entire band is really impressive, like a machine of the highest grade. The few tracks you might hear on the radio don't do Def Leppard justice.

Overall Impression — 10
This is not a perfect album. There's people who hate it, people who love it and probably some people who have a terrible misconception that a "Def Leppard" is something entirely different from what it is: One of the few "Hair" bands that possess honest artistic integrity. They're still rocking today for a reason and the reason is clear. They make music because that's all they ever wanted from life. To be rockers for the musical side of it, not the fame and fortune. Though of course, they ended up with fame and fortune anyway. Just give "Pyromania" quick listen and it's not too hard to figure out why.

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