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Def Leppard Drastic Symphonies (2023): A Review

Def Leppard Drastic Symphonies (2023) A Review

Bringin’ on the Harp Strings

Def Leppard is a popular hair band formed in the mid-70s and is responsible for some of the most popular rock songs to exist, such as “Pour Some Sugar On Me” or “Rock of Ages.” They are considered an older band, older than other popular bands such as Metallica. But like Metallica, they are still producing and performing music to this very day, and they have recently released another album titled Drastic Symphonies. But instead of creating new songs, they decided to team up with the famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to remix and remake their already existing songs, giving them an orchestral sound and changing the feel of the songs. Are these remixes an improvement over the originals, or do they bite?

Take the Instrumental, Shake it up

There isn’t much to address in terms of lyrics due to the fact they are the same, so let’s address the instrumentals of these remixes. Instruments like harps, violins, choirs, and bass drums are incorporated into the songs and sound amazing. The guitar and drums are still prevalent in most of these remixes, and the combination of rock and orchestra makes the song sound heavenly. Sometimes, you don’t even need to know some of these songs to enjoy them. For example, you may not know “Turn to Dust,” but Def Leppard gave the song a deserted Arabic instrumental, which sounds great. Even if one were to know the songs that were remixed, it still doesn’t seem like a downgrade to the original. It’s almost like most of these songs were made to have an orchestra accompanying them. The best example of this style is “Hysteria.” The lyrics and beat are still the same with guitars and vocals, but they add string instruments to make the song sound more whimsical. Most of these remixes enhance the song’s feel and define the message behind it, except for one song.

Def Leppard the whole band for the new album Drastic Symphonies.

When Love & Hate Collide

There is one track that needs to be addressed in the album. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” is probably the most different remix in the entire album, and whether or not that difference is a good or bad thing is up to the listener. Instead of the song having its upbeat drums and catchy guitar tunes that it is well known for, it’s a slow-paced, orchestral duet between a man and a woman with no drums, guitar, or shouting. On one hand, the orchestral itself sounds good without context (it’s orchestral, for Pete’s sake.) 

But on the other hand, Why use that song? There are other songs that Def Leppard made that would have fit the orchestral duet approach better, such as “Love Bites” or “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.” As a matter of fact, both of these songs are included in the album, but they kept their same rhythm and guitars. Like the rest of the songs in the album, the only difference is they added more instruments to it. Why didn’t they do the same thing with “Pour Some Sugar On Me?” This remake isn’t as problematic for people who haven’t listened to the original song very much or at all. But for someone who is a fan of the song and has listened to it multiple times throughout their lifetime, it’s going to cause whiplash.

Still Rollin’

Sugar crash aside, Def Leppard’s Drastic Symphonies is still an amazing album to listen to. For both fans of Def Leppard and newcomers to the band, this album will make your ears cry tears of joy. Sure, it isn’t anything new in terms of song production, but it is a vast improvement on something that was already amazing to listen to. 

Def Leppard Drastic Symphonies (2023) a Review. Joe Elliot sings.

Def Leppard Drastic Symphonies Animal Official Def Leppard/Ronan McHugh/Nick Patrick Video  

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