As a long term Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman fan, I wanted Bat III to be great. On the first listen though, I have to admit I was disappointed. However, after 3 or 4 run throughs, the album is well and truely stuck in my head.
Following on from Bat 2 with covering tracks from other Jim Steinman albums : "Bad for Good" the title track from Steinman's own album. "Seize The Night", the original of which was called "Carpe Noctem - Fuhl Die Nacht!" from the German stage show "Tanz Der Vampire". And "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" and "Future Ain't What It Used To Be" from the album "Original Sin" from Pandora's Box. "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" is the only one to have a major reworking, by being turned into a duet, which works really well. "Bad for Good" will always be an excellent track, but why did they ask Brian May to play on it? The beginning sounds terrible now, like Queen on an off-day. Don't get me wrong, Brian May is a guitar god, but he sounds totally out of place here.
On the whole, this album is a lot heavier than previous Bats, the tracks "Monster Is Loose", "If It Ain't Broke Break It" and "In The Land Of The Pigs (The Butcher Is King)" especially. Somehow, tracks like "Alive" and "What About Love" manage to raise the "Over the top" bar of production set by earlier Bat albums.
As I said at the beginning, this album takes a couple of listens before it really gets into your head. Just stick with it and it's worth the effort.