Sound — 9
Def Leppard's first studio album composed of original music since the 2002 release of the album "X", in classic Def Leppard style, leaves you wanting more. The new album entitled "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge", has a variety of different kinds of songs, all having different grooves, yet still keeping the classic Def Leppard feel. Country star Tim McGraw even makes a guest appearance in the song "Nine Lives." The song "Nine Lives" is a fun song that employs the theme of "nine lives, nine times to die." Each of the songs on this album have their own unique sound. None of them have the "same" sound, that many albums of various bands have, causing listener to become bored and adjetated. Because of this, the album doesn't become tiresome at all, you can listen to it over and over again, and not become the least bit bored. The songs on this album have a range of sounds from a heavier sound, as heard in the song "Go", to a classic hair metal party sound, as heard in the song "Bad Actress", to ballads, such as the song "Love". All songs on this album have excellent song structure, great singing, and most importantly, excellent guitar work. Every song is filled with catchy melodies and hooks that will keep you listening. Def Leppard fans will not be dissapointed with "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge."
Lyrics — 9
They lyrics on "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge" are well written, and fit appropriatley with each song. The lyrics on the song "Nine Lives" for instance, are all about living life to the fullest, seize the day, and don't live in regret. One line stuck out to me, "nine lives, nine times to die", which to me, basicly means take chances, as in the line "took a chance on a chance but the aces were high." The song is about having fun, living life, taking chances, and not looking back one day to later regret anything. The lyrics in the song "Go" are about the lies people or orginizations constantly feed you. The listener can interpret this to anyone, anything, or any situation that fits appropriately. One line "You hide behind your mask of desperation", means to me, that people try to tell you things, and lie, and act manipulative, as a shield to mask their insecurities, weaknesses and faults. Without that artificial barrier of deception, they could not exist. Also the line "I won't surrender to your last temptation", tells me that no matter how much someone or something is telling you something, no matter how much they try to shove it down your throat, stick to your own beliefs, and don't accept thoughts, ideas, lies, statistics, or anything that applies, just becasue someone else told you so. Another song, "Undone", is Joe Elliot singing about a girl that genuinly likes him for who is is, and not for any other reason, and when he comes "undone", she is the only one that understands him and can "put me back together again." Overall the lyrics are great, and fit each song excellently.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall this album is pretty darn good. The songs are catchy, the lyrics are thought provoking, the guitar work is melodic, and the overall groove and vibe of the album is outstanding. Each song has its own meaning, and really its own sound. The songs have a variety of different sounds to them, preventing the listener from becoming "bored" with the same sounding songs. I went through the whole album twice, still ready to hear more of it. It is a great album for anyone who enjoys really well written and catchy music. There really isn't anything about this album that I did not enjoy. When you buy this album and listen to it, you will be satisfied, and not dissapointed the least bit.