When faced with a major setback, be it personal or professional, Def Leppard has always managed to triumph.

When faced with a major setback, be it personal or professional, Def Leppard has always managed to triumph. After 25 years in the biz, we hope it still has some of that iron-willed perseverance, because it will need it to atone for the musical disappointment that is X. The five Brits waste their major talents on midtempo songs like "Everyday" and "Four Letter Word." Both tracks are virtually indistinguishable from one another in their overproduced, play-it-safe soft-metal banality with more overdone harmonizing than all boy-band records combined. If Def Leppard is truly intent on forging more of a modern-rock path instead of bidding for commercial reward, lead single "Now," the only noteworthy track, shows how promising that direction could be if handled correctly. Sadly, X does not mark the spot.—CLT

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