ARTIST: Def Leppard
TITLE: High ‘n’ Dry
YEAR RELEASED: 1981
CHART ACTION: #38 US, #26 UK
SINGLES: Let It Go (#34 Rock), Bringing on the Heartbreak (#61)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night)
LINEUP: Joe Elliott, Steve Clark, Pete Willis, Rick Savage, Rick Allen
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A commercial and MTV breakthrough for the hard-rockin’, hard-livin’ band – at least in the US.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While still showing inconsistency and still sporting a few lackluster songs, Def Leppard’s second album started the process of their US domination.
The video for “Bringing on the Heartbreak” brought US fans to the band, even if the single didn’t make a radio impact. That showed the band could slow down and be emotional and powerful, while still showing the heaviness that hard rock fans wanted.
The second side is a bit lackluster, but overall this is a slight improvement from their debut and has a few all-timer songs. This may be the best place to start for those dipping in past the hits collections.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Still not streaming, for no damn good reason as I can see.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a B-side (great) and an unneeded ‘enhancement’ of “Bringing on the Heartbreak”
GRADE: B: It’s the same grade as the debut, as the whole second side isn’t that hot all in all, but I’d start here for an immersion of Deep Leppard.