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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. [The 2001 European Edition included bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

paradise!

"Paradise by thé dasboardlight" blijft toch wel een van de grootste hits allertijden.

Ik heb dit nummer opnieuw via itunes aangeschaft omdat ik mezelf de tijd niet gunde om mijn vinyl plaat van zolder te halen.

Op de iphone mee in de auto en keer op keer 10 minuten meezingen met de legendarische meatloaf en carla de vito.

Wat mij betreft kan ie zoweer op nummer 1

Dus breng maar opnieuw uit DJS in Hilversum!

Ongelooflijke zeggingskracht

Laatst heb ik een live opname van Meat Loaf bekeken en ik werd gefascineerd door de tomeloze inzet en kracht van deze pur sang entertainer en zanger. Maar ook op de LP komt zijn zeggingskracht volledig tot uiting. Meat Loaf is tegelijkertijd een enorme dramaticus wat in zijn grootste succesnummer heel goed te zien en te horen is. Maar ik heb vooral ook bewondering voor de prachtige composities van Jim Steinman en het inspirerende pianospel dat in veel nummers prominent aanwezig is. Meat Loaf kan ontroeren en je uit je dak doen gaan. Dat is knap. In beide gevallen overtuigt hij in zijn authenticiteit: hij is bezeten van de muziek. Hulde!

Biography

Born: 27 September 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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