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Album Review

After penning the songs for Meat Loaf's massively successful Bat Out of Hell album, Jim Steinman decided to step into the spotlight himself when his singer's voice was too damaged to record a follow-up. The result was 1981's Bad for Good, an epic slab of operatic rock that is very much in the same vein of Meat Loaf's work, but nowhere near as satisfying. The first problem is Steinman's voice: he simply doesn't have the vocal range or lung power necessary to make this dramatic style of rock & roll work. For example of this problem, look no further than "Left in the Dark"; he struggles to keep up with vocal demands of this orchestral ballad, resulting in a vocal that sounds strained and occasionally off-key. The second problem is that some of the songs repeat the Bat Out of Hell formula instead of building upon it; the obvious culprit in this arena is "Dance In My Pants," a duet that gratuitously recycles the battle of the sexes verbal sparring and the multi-part structure of Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" to less-impressive effect. Despite these problems, a handful of gems shine through: "Surf's Up" is a strong power ballad that effectively combines the Steinman songwriting style with Beach Boys-style production elements, and "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" is a heart-tugging testament to the inspirational power of rock & roll that draws its power from a sublime chorus layered with soaring background vocals. Ultimately, Bad for Good is too inconsistent and eccentric to keep the attention of the casual listener, but remains an interesting listen for anyone who appreciates Jim Steinman's one-of-a-kind style of epic-size rock & roll. ~ Donald A. Guarisco, Rovi

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Jim Steinman Rocks

Who would have thought that the second album earmarked for Meatloaf such a long time a go would have turned out to be such a gem. Some 20+ years later Meatloaf has now released nearly all of these songs over two seperate albums and comes nowhere near close to Jim Steinman's versions. After hearing Meatloaf's version of these songs My 13 year old daughter (who grew up on meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell) now appreciates Jim Steinman's original score. Not only has Jim Steinman proved his brilliance as a songwriter here he shows how these songs should be sung.

Long lost find

Had this on cassette when it first came out, and gave it to a mate. Was going to buy a new copy since then. Finally found it and have it again. Meatloaf was mad not to record it back then but I'm glad he didn't because Jim did a better version. Would like to hear Jim do the original bat out of hell album because it would have been top stuff

two halves of the same coin a great vocalist and a great performer

Meat and Jim never were much without each other history never proved it true than in the case right here. absolutely brilliant songs wonderfully written and beautifully performed but there the list ends. Jim has his own talent but was much better suited for the "Neverland Express" style of songs, the power just isnt there for the more anthem style that Meat put into it that made them great. Meat has the upper hand with most of these songs from his newest album but "Surf's up" is a JIm-only affair, i would like to see "Heaven can wait" and "midnight at the lost and found" as Jim's base line to work from, let Meatloaf handle the power and the anthems, let Jim handle what he has always been: the master of songwriting, the more subtle and more pop-style of singing and he will shine in the spotlight as much as Meat does.


Born: 01 November 1947 in Claremont, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known in conjunction with his enormously successful collaborations with singer Meat Loaf, producer and composer Jim Steinman rose to the top of the pop charts on the strength of his distinctively operatic artistic vision. A native of New York City trained as a classical pianist, he first surfaced during the mid-'70s with the off-Broadway musical More Than You Deserve; among its cast was Houston-born Marvin Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf. The two men reunited a few years later for a tour with the National...
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