It has been seven years since Def ­Leppard's last album and a good 30 since its ­multiplatinum mid-1980s ­blockbusters Pyromania and Hysteria. But on its self-titled new album (Oct. 30, Bludgeon Riffola/Via Mailboat), the veteran British pop-metal act sounds as vibrant as ever, delivering a ­characteristic collection of hooky, harmony-laden rockers and ballads led by throwback single "Let's Go," which ­invokes classic Def Lep songs of the '80s. Lead singer Joe Elliott, 56, explains how the group stays rocking.


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