NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - DEF LEPPARD "HYSTERIA"
Onto this album, as I said the first single from it, "Animal" was the biggest hit reaching number 6 and rightly so, it set the pace for the album theme perfectly. It had the almost Pop Rock backing similar to Whitesnake at the time, an extremely catchy harmonised echoed chorus, perfect for radio airplay. "Hysteria" the second single only peaked at number 26, surprising as it reminded me of Fleetwood Mac or The Cars, two popular 80s bands of the time. A nice ballad, mabe after the much rockier first single fans weren't expecting this. Another great favourite of mine, "Pour Some Sugar On Me" followed reaching number 18, this was in similar form to "Animal", harmonised powerful vocals, with a simple catchy chorus that everyone could sing along with. These are the songs that epitomise Def Leppard. The early Bryan Adams sound could be heard on the ballad "Love Bites", which came before "Armageddon It", an Aerosmith Pop Rock crossover. "Rocket" was the final single two years later which kind of summed up the whole "Hysteria" album with the guitar solos, simple chorus, chanted and harmonised lyrics and crashing drums. No filler all killer album?