August 1987: DEF LEPPARD Unleash HYSTERIA, Their Biggest Album
In September 1987 Kurt Loder reviewed the album for the Rolling Stone magazine and wrote:
“This album sounds terrific. Every track sparkles and burns. There is no filler. That is not to say, however, that the Leppards are actually great songwriters (as opposed to consummate riff-smiths). Because here, as on Pyromania, producer Mutt Lange gets full credit as a cocomposer. He is, in fact, the sixth Leppard — the one who takes their riffs and choruses and assembles them into spectacular tracks. A veteran producer of such metal superstars as AC/DC and Foreigner, Lange is a genre master, and this LP is thick with his trademarks: the deep, meaty bass sound; the fat, relentless drums; the dazzling guitar montages; the impeccable sense of structure and separation; the preternatural clarity. Lange also brings a certain ironic wit to the record: one suspects it was he who dreamed up the whispered intro to "Excitable" — an aural pun on an old Mothers of Invention track — although no doubt the band had a hand in fashioning the rap-chant vocals that turn "Pour Some Sugar on Me" from a good-natured Aerosmith salute into a more complexly admiring tribute to Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C”.
Read Kurt Loder full reviewing here