Review: Def Leppard – Slang (Rock)

This review covers the alternative rock track Def Leppard – Slang.

This track was released in 1996 on the album Slang.

The track starts off with a drum kit. Vocals make a brief appearance as the guitars start. From there, the vocals take the track into the first verse.

From there, the vocals take the track into the main chorus. A short verse follows before the vocals return into the main chorus. An instrumental section comes in. The guitars do change things up here as vocals make brief appearances. A lead guitar comes in and different guitar sounds start coming in.

After that, the vocals take the track into the main chorus again. The vocals then lead the track out.

A plus for this track is that it does get a general audio atmosphere right. As a whole, everything does fit together nicely.

The vocals are certainly decent enough. Meanwhile, the lyrics are, well, awkward. You can tell that they are trying to go for something creative and different. Unfortunately, it’s like one of those experiments that don’t work out. It’s actually a wonder why no one looked at each other and said, “Yeah, this one doesn’t really work. Let’s just drop it and find something else.”

In addition to the awkward lyrics, this track is almost all main chorus with limited and short verses. So, it ends up being a pretty shallow track on top of it all.

To the tracks credit, the guitars are certainly decent enough. They aren’t award winning here in my view, but they do at least carry the track nicely.

Overall, this track is a bit of a miss. While the vocals and guitar work are decent enough, the lyrics really make this track flop. It is easy to see this as an experiment, but an experiment that might have been best left on the cutting room floor. It’s only fairly average because a lot of the other elements do manage to save this track to a certain degree.


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