Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Def Leppard-Yeah!, 2006

I had not planned on reviewing this, but I think I will. I checked this out from the library and just listened to it. I didn't have high expectations because I have not been thrilled by a Def Leppard album since Pyromania and I am not big on cover albums. Having said that, I do have to give credit where it is due and say that if you absolutely feel the need to do a cover album then learn from Def Leppard because they have done it right. Here is what they did and what any band wanting to attempt a cover album needs to remember.

1)Pick songs you truly like. I know that sounds simple, but I think many times bands pick songs or artists that they think fans want to hear rather than what they like. I think Def Leppard picked songs they enjoyed and artists they liked no matter what their fans may think.

2)Put your own sound into it. Again this sounds simple, but too often bands try to do a note for note cover and forget to put their own style into it. If you can't add something to it then you should not be recording it because there is no point to just repeating a song.

3)Have fun with it. This goes hand in hand with number one, but if you are not excited about it then that will come across. I have heard so many dry, lame cover songs that I cannot even make it all the way through because the bands sound they are just trudging through it. I am talking bands I normally like as well. Again if you can't get excited about the song then choose another song.

4)This is more a production issue, but there is no need to make a song too slick. Particularly if the original had a raw sound. Ozzy's cover album from last year did this and it was just horrible (although not the only thing horrible about that album).

I don't normally see the point in doing a cover album because I would rather hear a band work on originals. This album is not great, but it is good and it sounds like they had fun doing it. So hats off to Def Leppard for this.


Anonymous fredcq said...

I'm not big on cover albums either. It's good to hear that a band did it right. I think that my favorite metal cover of all time is Sepultura covering Celtic Frost's Procreation of the Wicked.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

If any band is going to do something like this the "right way", it's Def Lep, IMO. They know their limitations and strengths musically. The two songs I've heard off the cd so far, "Rock On" and "No Matter What" are very well done.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Vicious Steve said...

I know I put a personal ban on this release but I am slowly lifting the ban.

Found myself eye-balling the CD in Target the other day and wondering if I had the 10 extra minutes to go to Best Buy and Wal-Mart across the street to complete the set while the wife was buying the kids some summer clothes.

The Def Leppard fan in me wants new material. The completist in me "needs" this CD to keep my collection up to date.

A vicious cycle.....

12:14 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Fred-Sepultura did a good cover of Motorhead's Orgasmatron as well.

Bruce-You may be right.

Vicious Steve-If you are Def Leppard then you will like this album. They put plenty of their own sound into the covers to please their fans, but they stay fairly true to the original artists as well. It also rocks more than anything I have heard from them in quite some time.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Thanks, you're the second person who has liked this album. I guess I'll give it a go!

2:54 PM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

I haven't heard this cd yet but I will have to pick it up even though I haven't liked anything that they have done since Hysteria.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous fredcq said...

I had you pegged for a Voivod fan. When you do get a copy of the new Frost, be aware that it will probably take a few spins before you can get into it. It's very long and takes a few listens before you can really appreciate it. I love it.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Fred-I really liked the first two Voivod albums and I loved Angel Rat. A lot of their other albums were just a little two odd or not heavy enough for me.

11:59 AM  
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