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In 2012, Meat Loaf has scaled down his approach. Keep in mind, though: this is Meat Loaf. There are still plenty of grand sounds that other artists would consider a high-budget production. In Meat Loaf's case, the production by Neverland Express guitarist Paul Crook is tighter and drier, which accentuates Mr. Loaf's angry, lean, and mean vibe. As the album's title implies, he's not happy about things. He enlists Public Enemy's Chuck D to rap in his infamous baritone for a cover of Tom Cochrane's "Mad Mad World," while his friends from his time on Celebrity Apprentice—Lil Jon, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, and Trace Adkins—join him for the hard rock/rap fury of "Stand in the Storm." A cover of "California Dreamin'" with singer Patti Russo turns the song into a tough power ballad. "Live or Die" hangs on a rock riff, while "The Giving Tree" builds to catharsis as it tells the story of a man who's had to get used to sleeping on a mattress on the floor. 

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Awesome!

Everything he writes turns to gold! I hope he's still singing at 90! One of the most talented singer/songwriteers ever. He's only one step behind Billy Joel:)

Not Bat, but good...

In the moments that this album is good, it's very good. In the offerings where it's bad, well...

As with Hang Cool Teddy, Meat Loaf struggles to find songwriters in league with Jim Steinman. Offerings like "The Giving Tree", "Live or Die", "Mad Mad World", "Party of One" and "Stand In The Storm" offer very little to impress in the songwriting department. While Meat Loaf's performances elevate okay songs like "40 Days" and "Fall From Grace" to heights most likely unachievable by other singers, they still struggle as weak material.

But, the high points of this album are very, very good. "All of Me" is classic Meat Loaf at his best, and was a wise choice for a pre-release single. "Another Day" is also classic Meat Loaf at his best. "Our Love And Our Souls" features a classic Meat Loaf duet (with, what sounds to be Patti Russo - hands-down, the best female singer for Meat Loaf duets). And, Meat Loaf and band breathe new life into the classic "California Dreaming" with a great performance and arrangement.

Love it!

Great album

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 of the biggest chart acts of the 1970s before enjoying a commercial renaissance two decades later. Meat Loaf was born in Dallas, Texas. The product of a family of gospel singers, he moved to Los Angeles in 1967...
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