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Get Ready to Fight: I Like the New Def Leppard Tune! 

Ok, have you heard the new Def Leppard song "Undefeated?" The song is on Mirrorball, due later this summer.

I received three separate emails about "Undefeated" yesterday and, to be honest, the reviews from my friends were not good. So, when I got home from work I wasn't expecting much. Then I punched up YouTube, had a listen...and I was surprised!

The thing with Def Leppard is that they have just mastered the creation of rock that is radio-ready. Does Joe Elliott's voice sound like it does on Pyromania? No. But he doesn't sound bad - not even close. Just slightly different, maybe even a little more scratchy, which is actually pretty sexy for a singer I think. People age and evolve. It happens. The guitars in "Undefeated" are definitely punched up, there's the famous "Lep gang vocals" and big production that is the band's calling card. In a lot of ways, "Undefeated" sounds like it could fit on Adrenalize. The song is just hooky as hell. Just try to not tap your foot after listening to the tune awhile. So, have you heard "Undefeated?" What is your opinion?

Reader Comments (23)

I definitely love it!
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTinaBlueEyes
I gotta say. Its much better than I expected. Not bad at all.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
after listening to it again...I like it. Afterall, it is Def Lep
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
Of course it rocks! The mighty Lep have been doing this for a while now and like I said before, they have never released a bad album. FYI - Minor typo in "Elliott" (there are two t's) - why does that always bother me?
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKen
Hey Ken, I fixed that typo. Thanks. It truly was a typo - I am very sensitive to misspelled names since mine is ALWAYS written incorrectly by everyone!

- Allyson
April 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford
Heard it on Big 80's Metal-HDRN yesterday (or was it Pirate 100.3?). Either way it was an ok song. It brought to mind how many songs like this are being used during broadcast sporting events (i.e. ESPN College Football). Just wait...I can definitely see this one heading in that direction.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHayseed
Hey, Al, I've NEVER mispelled your name! At least when I'm not callin' ya Al, that is, hahaha!!!

Okay, "Undefeated" ain't no "Photograph" (nothing is, for that matter) but it's a lot better than most of their stuff in recent memory.

I'd just rather see 'em put out a whole album's worth of stuff like this rather than tacking it on to a sub-par live CD set.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Its pretty good...better than what they have recently put out.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Not bad at all really. I love the little Zeppelin-esque bridge in the middle. It would have been nice to hear a guitar solo as well, but I know that's not fashionable in 2011. Elliott's voice sounds fine. Like most lead singers his age, he's lost some of his extreme high vocal range, but his voice has developed more depth and grit which sounds just fine to me.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Not bad better than I expected at least its not another ballad. It definately sounds like a movie soundtrack song.
We will never have anything like the first 3 lep albums.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSleaze Rocker
Okay I'm the odd man out. I simply do not like it. Their recent albums just don't cut it for me.

I agree with Sleaze Rocker their first albums rocked.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreptileblvd
Hands down Hi n Dry is their best album from front to back. HANDS DOWN !!!
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGNR
As others said, at least it's not a ballad.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Should have called it "Unoriginal", very bland hard pop. Since when the Leps become a nu metal band and eschew guitar solos? Just because it is better than you thought does not mean that it is good. I think their touring with the 70's and early 80's arena bands has warped them into thinking that the fans do not want quality new material.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
Yeah, what's with no real solo. One of this band's trademarks was smoking solos.

Geez, what's with the kids today?


What? Kids no longer come equipped with attention spans, like any real attention span is required to appreciate a killer solo?!

Is Def Leppard and all their overpayed overanalyzers worried people will switch the station if they play a solo?

C'mon this kinda crap is mostly played on Rock Radio and Satellite where the listeners WANT a friggin' solo! Gimme the lead now!

p.s. GNR! Really?! "High'n'Dry"? It's good, but..."PYROMANIA" RULES!
April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy is right, what is with the death of the guitar solo?? real rock 'n roll has a guitar solo in every song!
April 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlooksthatkill
I really like it. I like the fact that the guitars are focused more. I do however disagree that there is no real guitar solo. towards the end of the song Phil really starts to let loose. While there is vocals in the foreground, I believe you could consider that as the solo.

Joe's voice is what it is. It changed in the last years and they have adapted to record with how his voice is now. The power background vocals really add to the song. I am a big fan of the power background vocals anyway.

I probably won't buy Mirrorball. I am not a big fan of live albums that throw a few new songs in just to get you to buy it. I may just purchase the digital single.
April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJN
I heard it debut on Planet Rock Radio the other day, I got goosebumps cause I knew it was the right direction they needed to go. As for the live album, people complaining about how the set is bad, well its not like they chose versions of songs from every tour. They just took songs from the sparkle lounge tour. Yeah they could have used a live version of Go that was played in Japan or a few others that didnt make it, but it sounds like a really good live album. The other two new songs are described and one Im looking forward to the other not so much. The song Phil wrote called Its All About Believin is what Joe said, a Hybrid of Hysteria and Animal, whereas Kings of the World that Sav wrote is a 6 minute long epic vocal song, Thats the one Im not looking forward to. All three will be on the next studio album they hope to release sometime next year.
April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Jesus !!! Are you kidding??? I'm a Def leppard super fan since the 80, and the new tune its simple with NO SOUL. a very very empty song. I hope they will come up later with a serious new album, and stop to release live and live and live and collections of nothing.
April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClax
Sounds pretty good to me. The beginning guitar sounds a lot like "American Woman".
April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

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