Granted, their heyday of popularity and relevance seems like forever ago, but there’s still something to be said for the Leppard. They continue to release music long after their videos stopped getting heavy rotation, and their loyal fan base stuck with them even through their adult pop phase. So it’s nice to hear that, despite ups and downs, they’re once again sounding as rocking as their former selves.
If arena-sized jams are what they had in mind, that’s exactly what comes across here on their return to the flamboyant and excessive glam rock that propelled them to fame in the first place. While they must know they won’t be reinventing the wheel any time soon, Sparkle Lounge is their most upbeat music in a while.