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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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Will Jim Steinman EVER Come Back?????

As a Meat Loaf fan of over 20 years, I'm a little bummed-out that this will mark my second consecutive Meat Loaf album that I am prepared to skip over. :-( Although 'Handbasket' has a few more appealing individual singles than 'Teddy Bear', I'm still not turned-on by the overall package. My ideal Meat Loaf album will always be the Wagner/Opera over-the-top pieces that were powered and inspired by Jim Steinman. These recent and "more personal" offerings coupled with Meat's natural Southern-Style-Rock sound simply leave me uninterested and unmoved.

Love it!

Great album

Great new CD from the Loaf!

From the excellent cover of California Dreamin' to the title track, this CD feels like classic Meat Loaf. Don't miss it!


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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