Songs from the Sparkle Lounge

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Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Studio album by Def Leppard


April 25, 2008 (EU)
April 29, 2008 (USA)



Label (s) Universal

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Hard rock

Title (number)


running time




Def Leppard , Ronan McHugh

Studio (s)

  • Joe's Garage, Dublin (Ireland)
  • Campbell Manor
  • Phil's Sweat Shop
Yeah! (2006) Songs from the Sparkle Lounge Mirror Ball: Live & More!

Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (English for: " Songs from the sparkling living room ") is the tenth studio album by the British hard rock band Def Leppard . It is the first album with the band's own compositions since X , which was released in 2002.


Def Leppard had Yeah! a studio album released, which only cover versions contained songs by other artists, especially those of which the members of Def Leppard were musically influenced. The album reached number 16 in Great Britain, number 52 in the USA and number 73 in the German charts.

For Songs from the Sparkle Lounge , the group embarked on a new path for them: On the tour in 2007, the road crew set up a room in the backstage area at the respective performance location, which was equipped with sparkling lights, incense sticks , candles and recording devices and from the band was called "Sparkle Lounge" because of the twinkling lights. There the group members met to work on new songs. The musicians had never written new material during a tour before.

The Country singer Tim McGraw took for the album duet on with Joe Elliott, entitled Nine Lives got and the first single was released. Contact to McGraw came through his tour manager Robert Savage, the brother of Def Leppard bassist Rick Savage. McGraw is a fan of Def Leppard and had previously performed with the band in Los Angeles, singing Pour Some Sugar on Me with the group. At the concert in Nashville in 2007, McGraw came to the soundcheck and then worked in the “Sparkle Lounge” with the band on Nine Lives . A video clip was shot for this title and for the second single, C'mon C'mon .

The cover shows the view from a theater stage into the crowded auditorium . The viewers are pictures of well-known people or cultural assets, such as the Statue of Liberty or the Mona Lisa , and many current and old photos of the band members and people close to the group are shown. A dummy can also be seen in the auditorium, as well as an astronaut hovering over the rest of the audience .

The album was released in two versions: as a simple CD album and as a deluxe edition in book form with an additional DVD. The DVD contains a look behind the scenes with recordings from the studio, an audio commentary and the music video for Nine Lives . The CD released in Japan contained the song Love in a piano version as a bonus track.

Track list

  1. Go (Phil Collen, Joe Elliott) - 3:21
  2. Nine Lives (Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Tim McGraw) - 3:32
  3. C'mon C'mon (Rick Savage) - 4:09
  4. Love (Rick Savage) - 4:18
  5. Tomorrow (Phil Collen) - 3:35
  6. Cruise Control (Vivian Campbell) - 3:04
  7. Hallucinate (Phil Collen) - 3:17
  8. Only the Good Die Young (Phil Campbell) - 3:34
  9. Bad Actress (Joe Elliott) - 3:04
  10. Come Undone (Joe Elliott) - 3:33
  11. Gotta Let It Go (Vivian Campbell) - 3:55


Chart positions
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Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
  US 5 05/17/2008 (8 weeks)
  UK 16 05/17/2008 (3 weeks)
  DE 43 05/17/2008 (1 week)

The website judged the album:

"Unfortunately," Songs from the Sparkle Lounge "does not really ignite after listening to it for the third time. If you compare the longplayer with "X", then you can actually say that Def Leppard are really rocking again. There is a slight return to the old arena rock. But there would have been more. After all, the five-man from Sheffield booked another pop rock album that you can play through wonderfully and that you also like to rock along with. But hymns in the style of the classics "Pour Some Sugar on Me", "Foolin '" or "Animal" are still few and far between. "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge" is therefore only one step in the right direction. "

- Review

The reviewer Jenny Rönnebeck hit a similar notch in her review in Rock Hard magazine :

"Songs from the Sparkle Lounge" sounds pleasantly rocky and fortunately doesn't have an extreme Seventies list, as was to be feared after the cover album Yeah . With the first three tracks, the British managed a terrific mix of old ( Nine Lives ) and new ( Go , C'mon C'mon ) Leppard, before the collective despised by male beings and indeed somewhat weaker for the British, Queen -like bombast ballad Love first slows down. With the Leppard-typical good-mood rocker Tomorrow , the hit Hallucinate , the trendy Only the Good Die Young , the groovy Bad Actress and the Bon Jovi- esque Gotta Let It Go , singer Joe Elliott and his colleagues show that they are after a number of years finally wanting to enjoy fat riffs, loud guitars and fast finger solos, which in the eyes of nostalgics still don't quite reach the quality of the world-class albums from the 80s, but still have a permanent place in the CD slot of all hard rock fans. "

- Jenny Rönnebeck : Review

Guest musician

Web links

Commons : Def Leppard  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c handicraft lesson in the blue salon ; Interview with Joe Elliott. In: ROCKS - the magazine for Classic Rock , issue 4/2008, page 43
  2. Charts DE Charts UK Charts US
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  4. ^ Rock Hard , Issue 253 (2008)