Def Leppard YEAH!
Reviewed by Lando da Pimp
Metallica's infamous EP Garage Days was a collection of covers of British bands that influenced their sound and music. This was a huge fan favorite album that became an underground hit. It was so big that in 1998 Metallica released Garage, Inc., a double disc set that included the original Garage Days cover songs with additional covers of bands such as Lynard Skynrd and Queen.
Def Leppard has followed suit with their new cover album, Yeah! Like Metallica, Def Leppard focuses on the British Music that inspired them. Bands such as T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, and David Bowie helped inspired Joe and the boys to write such hits as "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and their classic song "Rock of Ages."
My first impression of the album was that they chose some really great songs to cover, which scared me to think that they would butcher them. My hunch was right with the first track "20th Century Boy" by T. Rex. 20th Century is a great song just not perfomed by Def Leppard. The song only becomes a so-so song, that really angered me. I was ready to turn it off until I heard their cover of David Essex's "Rock On." This was a great song that really lends itself to the Def Leppard sound. Surprisingly I began to like parts of the album. David Bowie's "Drive-In Saturday" stays very faithful to the original and I even found Thin Lizzy's "Don't Believe a Word" to be similar to the original as well. I never heard the Electric Light Orchestra "10538 Overture" but, I found it to be the most enjoyable track on the album.
While most fans of pre-Hysteria albums will enjoy this cover album, I find it hard for later fans to relate. Fans of the older Def Leppard may also take offense to this album and I can guarantee that the Kinks fans will scream and yell at the butchering of "Waterloo Sunset." While I enjoyed this album, I find it hard to recommend. Certain songs just should not be covered. Adding another knife in fans' backs is the deplorable re-inactment of some of the classic album covers using the members of the band. I read a quote that the band prefers to describe Yeah! as "a tribute to their musical heroes of the late '60s and '70s." I hate to break it to them but it's a cover album. A decent attempt that doesn't quite achieve the meaning of "tribute."
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