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Slang (Mega Edition)
Def Leppard
Slang (Mega Edition)
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #2

Bin 11639. Special limited edition of the band's new albumincludes a six track bonus disc of live acoustic versions ofhits performed in Singapore in 1995: 'Armageddon It', 'TwoSteps Behind', 'From The Inside', 'Animal', ...  more »

     
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All Artists: Def Leppard
Title: Slang (Mega Edition)
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Int'l
Release Date: 10/5/1999
Album Type: Import, Live
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Glam, British Metal, Pop Metal, Hard Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 4988011348853

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Bin 11639. Special limited edition of the band's new albumincludes a six track bonus disc of live acoustic versions ofhits performed in Singapore in 1995: 'Armageddon It', 'TwoSteps Behind', 'From The Inside', 'Animal', 'When Love &Hate Collide' and 'Pour Some Sugar On Me'. 11 track CD album'Truth?', 'Turn To Dust', 'Slang', 'All I Want Is Everything'Work It Out', 'Breathe A Sigh', 'Deliver Me', 'Gift OfFlesh', 'Blood Runs Cold', 'Where Does Love Go When It Dies'and 'Pearl Of Euphoria'.***1996 German release.

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CD Reviews

When in Rome?
J. Elmquist | Somewhere else... | 09/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Def Leppard took the old phrase and lived by it with this CD. In response to the dark grunge music that was flooding the airwaves and MTV at the time, Def Leppard showed they could easily run with the dark masses from Seattle. Slang is complete departure from Leppard's previous work and shows just how versatile and talented these guys really are. You want grunge, they can give it to you, and it's really good too. Hey guys, can you do some country? (just kidding) Slang is dark, moody, and some what disturbing. The fact this album is better overall musically then many of the grunge bands shows that grunge is a fad, and will eventually die out, leaving the really talented bands in place progressively developing their own music. This CD may have been a marketing mistake for the band, but it still has plenty of merit, and anyone who truly likes them will see past the change of pace and see what is really great about Slang."
Going Strong.. but lacking some luster.
A. Fors | Mandan, ND United States | 06/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great addition to a Def Leppard collection. A new sound for the British band. Experimentation in the indeustrial sounds suit this band well.. but their die hard fans won't care for it. The bonus CD with the unplugged show is phenominal! A must have for all hard core Def Lep fans!"
A fantastic fluke
Charles Morgan | Mississippi | 08/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Slang, in my humble but accurate opinion, is Def Leppard's masterpiece. It's the album that made me a true fan. Music needs substance for me to appreciate it, and it's testament to Leppard's strong songwriting skills that I was a fan before Slang, because up until then, substance seemed to be something they were deliberately avoiding. Joe called the music "Deep and meaningless".
This album has been called an attempt at "modern music", and it may have been, but that's only half of it. Modern elements, like industrial, R&B, rap, and Indian styles were blended, but the upshot of incorporating so many styles gave the album a quality the band hadn't captured before: variety. Not one of these songs sounds alike, and if it wasn't that this was Leppard's only CD daring enough to try variety, you'd guess they were all from different albums.
Before Slang, you could count the number of Leppard songs actually about something on two fingers (as far as I know, "From the Inside" and "White Lightning", with "Gods of War" coming close). Whether these songs on Slang were genuinely autobiographical, whether they were aimed at encompassing a theme or inadvertently tapped into insights the band had been storing subconsciously, they resonate on so many levels. When the lyrics are really good we get songs like "Truth?", probably the most daring song Leppard has done, musically and lyrically; "All I Want Is Everything", the band's most underrated and exceptional ballad yet (my favorite interpretation of the song is that it's about an AIDS victim); and even the most vacuously worded song on the album, "Breathe a Sigh", is still witty, poigant, and popsmart enough that if it had been released by any band but Leppard, it would have shot straight to number one.
Which brings me to another point. Slang didn't sell phenomenally well because of a stigma built up against glam and arena rock. It's sad that Leppard tucked their tails and returned to chewing their 80s bubblegum wad because with another solid release like this they could have struck down the stigma and established themselves as a band of meaning. The ultimate irony is that the next two albums, Euphoria and X, haven't sold Slang's 3million worldwide *combined*.
If I sound bitter, I am. There aren't many bands out there capable of this level of songwriting. Joe has said they're trying to compete with the Mariah Carey's of the world, and let's be honest, Mariah Carey only wishes she could write a song as popsmart as "Breathe a Sigh". Hell, let's get back to the Metal genre and suggest Metallica could write a song as rock steady and hummable as "Work It Out"; I know, I'm shaking my head too. But the irony is, until Slang, I wouldn't have expected Leppard were capable of it either."