"Hysteria" is, quite frankly, one of the greatest rock albums ever created. It doesn't take much to back up this claim. It produced multiple hits which include "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Rocket," and "Armageddon It." It put Def Leppard on the map in the United States and it crossed multiple genre boundaries with its songs played on hard rock stations, pop stations, and even AC airwaves. People are still talking about this album today. There are very few people walking around who haven't heard of at least one of the songs on this album. They may not know the band's name or even the name of the album, but they do recognize the songs.
If you've never heard this album before, please listen to it. Def Leppard is one of a limited number of bands to crawl out of the late 80's who had a distinctive and easily recognizable sound. Def Leppard was one of the loudest and heaviest of the hair bands AND they managed to crank out some wonderful ballads that have managed to stand the test of time as well.
This particular album includes the aforementioned tunes as well as the wonderful title track, the anthemic "Women," rockers such as "Animal" and "Gods of War," and slower tracks like "Love and Affection." I guarantee you that there is something on this disc for everyone. From raunch to romance, "Hysteria" has all of the bases covered.
While not as good as the opus gem Pyromania, Hysteria is a solid follow-up for the 80s stadium band. Solid Hits are: **** Women **** Rocket **** Animal ***** Love Bites **** Pour Some Sugar On Me **** Hysteria Even though Pour Some Sugar On Me remains one of the most overplayed songs I have ever heard in my life (probably 2nd only to Celine Dion 'My Heart Will Go On'), for anyone that enjoys solid … more
Pros: Well produced and polished; infectious beats; great guitar riffs; timeless material. Cons: A few songs went off-track. The Bottom Line: Hysteria is a must have for any fan of the band, or for someone who wants to appreciate the musical genius of one Mutt Lange. I like to think of myself a connoisseur of all types of music; as long as it is good I will listen and appreciate. Of course I get to be the judge of what is … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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Probably Def Leppard's best album, and certainly their most successful,Hysteriapretty much sums up 80s hard rock: catchy, tuneful, and fun. It's also one of the few albums from the period that doesn't sound dated now, and singles like "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Armageddon It", and "Rocket" remain staples of rock radio. The rest of the album is equally entertaining; "Animal" and "Hysteria", while mid-tempo, have the same slick intensity, and "Love Bites" is one of the few pop-metal ballads that doesn't sound saccharine over a decade after its release. Def Leppard may be remembered more for their hair than their music these days, but that's more due to changing tastes than anything else. It's still good.--Genevieve Williams