I'm a big MEATLOAF fan. I will admit it and be proud of that for a long time! He's got a unique voice, and he's all about passion and operatic over the top rock n roll. There will never be another like him. Unfortunately his signature sound is often tied to Jim Steinman who penned his biggest albums ... BAT OUT OF HELL and the BAT OUT OF HELL 2 opus. This latest release does not have any Steinman penned tunes.
It is an interesting CD that comes as an enhanced package which includes two videos playable on your CD-ROM. You get 11 tracks of Meatloaf pairing himself with writers who try to emulate the successful formula he had with Jim Steinman on the BAT OUT OF HELL albums. Diane Warren contributes a quiet number, and oddly enough ... Nikki Sixx of MOTLEY CRUE shows up on half the tracks as a music writer! True to his musical theatre roots Meatloaf even tries his hand at TEAR ME DOWN which was a centerpiece of the rock musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. But he has altered the lyrics to fit his situation including flipping the spoken word lecture on the BERLIN WALL to be about THE ALAMO in a nod to his Texas heritage. I would love to hear him take on WIG IN A BOX from Hedwig, or WICKED TOWN! But who would ever cast him as an East German Transsexual? Okay I am having flashbacks to him (...) in FIGHT CLUB now!
Overall fans will eat this up -- you can never have enough Meatloaf. But is it BAT OUT OF HELL? Um... no. Is it BAT OUT OF HELL 2? Um ... no. It does stand on its own legs, and has more than enough gems to keep you happy. I want it, I need it, but there ain't no way I'm ever gonna LOVE it like I did the Steinman albums. But 2 out of three ain't bad! And any CD Meat puts out will be in my dashboard -- paradise or not.