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4.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn't Have Said It Better, 22 April 2003
The first new Meat Loaf album in seven years. The big guy may not be the most prolific artist but it is certainly well worth the wait!
The album begins with the title track and first single "Couldn't Have Said It Better". Classic Meat Loaf. The typical bombastic power song that you expect from Meat superbly supported on lead female vocals by his long-standing musical accomplice "Patti Russo".
"Did I Say That" follows. This was released as a single in Germany and is not so instantly appealing as the title track but given a few plays soon grows on you. The simple ballad "Why Isn't That Enough" follows. Lovely, plaintive song which suits Meat.
"Love You Out Loud" is nothing special but the final track on the first part of the CD is the long awaited duet with his daughter Pearl. I say duet but rather disappointingly she does not appear until very late in the song. But WOW is the song immediately better for her input. Fair song generally, which becomes excellent towards the end
The second part of the CD starts with the gospel like "Testify". Not my favourite type of song but getting very good reviews from others. Tear Me Down is basically the song from the show "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" though the lyrics have been re-written specifically for Meat. One of the highlights of the second part of the CD - dig the spoken part!
"You're Right I Was Wrong" is a Diane Warren ballad. That woman sure can write songs - and she is prolific! "Because of You" is one of those nothing special songs but pleasant enough. "Do It" - well I'm not sure why Meat "did it". Can't understand hardly a word of it as it is so fast - need the lyrics book for that one!
The album finishes with the Bob Dylan song "Forever Young". Love this version. Actually the album does not finish with "Forever Young" - there is a hidden track but I'll let that one be a surprise
Of course there is a bonus CD with videos as well
Meat claims this is his best album since "Bat Out Of Hell". Not quite but probably the best album that Meat has done without any input from Jim Steinman.