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Bat Out of Hell

Meat Loaf

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Album Review

There is no other album like Bat Out of Hell, unless you want to count the sequel. This is Grand Guignol pop — epic, gothic, operatic, and silly, and it's appealing because of all of this. Jim Steinman was a composer without peer, simply because nobody else wanted to make mini-epics like this. And there never could have been a singer more suited for his compositions than Meat Loaf, a singer partial to bombast, albeit shaded bombast. The compositions are staggeringly ridiculous, yet Meat Loaf finds the emotional core in each song, bringing true heartbreak to "Two out of Three Ain't Bad" and sly humor to "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." There's no discounting the production of Todd Rundgren, either, who gives Steinman's self-styled grandiosity a production that's staggeringly big but never overwhelming and always alluring. While the sentiments are deliberately adolescent and filled with jokes and exaggerated clichés, there's real (albeit silly) wit behind these compositions, not just in the lyrics but in the music, which is a savvy blend of oldies pastiche, show tunes, prog rock, Springsteen-esque narratives, and blistering hard rock (thereby sounding a bit like an extension of Rocky Horror Picture Show, which brought Meat Loaf to the national stage). It may be easy to dismiss this as ridiculous, but there's real style and craft here and its kitsch is intentional. It may elevate adolescent passion to operatic dimensions, and that's certainly silly, but it's hard not to marvel at the skill behind this grandly silly, irresistible album.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant, Original Album!

This album never gets old. Jim Steinman's creativity, and Meat Loaf's fantastic talent, are both fabulously expressed in this truly original album. From the attention-grabbing piano introduction to Bat out of Hell, through classic hits such as 'You took the Words Right Out of my Mouth,' and 'All Revved up With No Place to Go', to soft ballads such as 'Heaven can Wait', and the ever-famous 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light,' this album is unique from start to finish. Omnipresent is Meat Loaf's phenomenal voice, soaring over everything. This is the peak of well-written music, and I highly recommend it to music lovers everywhere.

Meatloaf's One Good Offering

Anyone growing up in the late 70's will relate to this post-hippie offering. Like most teens, I ran out to pick this up the minute I heard Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad. It's hard rock married to orchestra as song-writer Jim Steinman flexes his prowess with unbelievably strong music. The lyrics, as with most things of the 70's, however, is typically superficial. While considered a classic, the more I listen to this music some 30 years later, I keep wondering if we were reallly all that shallow at the time.

Yup -- I guess we were -- this is still a classic.

Wow!

Meat loaf is so Nice

Biography

Born: September 27, 1947 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

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

Marvin Lee Aday is a singer and occasional actor who, for reasons never definitively answered, has recorded under the name Meat Loaf. In all likelihood a childhood nickname, the tag stuck, and many puns followed as the performer — who tipped the scales at well over 300 pounds — became one...
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