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Good...but lacking real puff !
on 13 November 2012
So what can match the classic Meatloaf album Bat out of Hell ?.....the answer not much really. However, Meatloaf and Jim Steinman have twice, tried to follow it up with the sequel albums "Bat out of Hell II - Back into Hell" and "Bat out of Hell III - The Monster is Loose"(with help from others too). I suppose really both are a further celebration of Steinman's writing capabilities and Meatloaf's interpretation and singing power more than anything else. As I purchased the two, second hand on amazon marketplace, in total for just 95p, I thought I'd listen to both and review them giving others an insight to the quality you get, should you wish to buy them too.
1."I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" - 12:00
A continuation of the epic sounds of Bat out of Hell this song made in as a single on its release almost 20 years ago. Quality is superb could have been a song than never made the cut for the first album.
2."Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back" - 8:00
A heavier sound than on some meatloaf songs great heavy guitar at the start with a good male female duet banter mid song and excellent guitar solo at the end.
3."Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" - 5:50
Mid tempo ballad in a style which is like Elton John meets Queen 1970 style.
4."It Just Won't Quit" - 7:21
Roy Bittan starts this track with his unmistakable piano style. Another mid tempo number maybe lacking the quality to fill the 7minutes 21 seconds it does. To me,a bit of a filler. One of those songs , that halfway though you want it to end.
5."Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire)" - 7:24
Has the grandeur of the track "Bat out of Hell" but never quite breaks out and races away like "Bat out of Hell" does. Some good piano and guitar on it and some good scale drops too. Grand ending, with lots of piano and screaming guitars.
6."Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" - 10:15
Looking at the length 10:15, I'm hoping for a classic. The intro starting with a piano solo is a bit reminciant of Springsteen's Thunder Road, then we get very searching soulful singing by Meatloaf and delightful piano by Bittan. It's a bright sunny day here but this song has an epic feel of a night time song. Great song up to the halfway point then...with the use of a the occasional line from Paradise by the Dashboard light "It was long ago, it was far away" is makes its way, as if the singer is remising of past glories. Wonderful song !
7. "Wasted Youth" (Monologue by Steinman) - 2:41
A talking track like parts on the original...whimsical and not really making that much sense, more of a introduction to the next track.
8. "Everything Louder than Everything Else" - 7:59
A phrase you'd hear more at a Motorhead concert, but the song which is above average, hints at wasted youth. It ends like a usual Meatloaf sing-along track, with a piano, drum, guitar montage... bagpipes too at the end !!!!
9. "Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)" - 6:53
A jazzy feel at the start, with sax, then leads into a heavier feel. Another typical Meatloaf track, with another typical sing-along Meatloaf passage.
10."Back Into Hell" (Instrumental) - 2:46
Synthesized instrumental another filler more than anything.
11. "Lost Boys and Golden Girls" - 4:29
A ballad with shades of "You took the words/Two out of 3.
All in all not a bad album, with some really good songs. It is lacking the total epic feel of its predecessor though, while some of the songs take on the nature off so and so track Part two. To me it's more of a "we've got 4 great songs, let's make it into an album" than it is a start from scratch record.