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50 Best Albums of 2015 #5

Def Leppard – Def Leppard (earMUSIC)

Def Leppard hardly drew breath this year. Taking on a punishing schedule that would poleaxe most bands half their age, Sheffield’s finest have toured extensively across the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia, before heading back for gigs in their homeland.

What’s more, they also found time to complete Def Leppard, their first studio album in seven years.

Coping with the heavy lifting of arena tours – be it pulling in 22,000 people in Salt Lake City or 20,000 in Minneapolis – is all very well. But the real boon is that the album signifies both an artistic and commercial spike for the band.


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