14 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Can Meat Loaf do it yet again? The first two installments of Bat Out of Hell sold over 45 million copies and established the gold standard for epic arena-rock-via-Broadway grandeur. The writers and producers from the previous Bat’s – Jim Steinman, Todd Rundgren – contributed, and pop producer extraordinaire Desmond Child served as the demanding perfectionist at the helm. The result is an album that fits comfortably into the trilogy’s legacy, jammed with theatrical piano flourishes, excessive and commanding choirs, and the Loaf’s larger than life bravado steering these melodramatic epics to their Wagnerian conclusions. A duet with Marion Raven for “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” a song initially planned for II that turned into a hit for Celine Dion, is reclaimed and serves as a classic example of the playful give and take that’s among the hallmarks of the Loaf’s best work. The title track, written by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, Marilyn Manson’s John 5 and Child, updates Loaf’s sound with buzzing guitars and tighter rhythms before swelling into his trademark gait. Never subtle, always grand, Bat Out of Hell delivers a musical theater all its own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Can Meat Loaf do it yet again? The first two installments of Bat Out of Hell sold over 45 million copies and established the gold standard for epic arena-rock-via-Broadway grandeur. The writers and producers from the previous Bat’s – Jim Steinman, Todd Rundgren – contributed, and pop producer extraordinaire Desmond Child served as the demanding perfectionist at the helm. The result is an album that fits comfortably into the trilogy’s legacy, jammed with theatrical piano flourishes, excessive and commanding choirs, and the Loaf’s larger than life bravado steering these melodramatic epics to their Wagnerian conclusions. A duet with Marion Raven for “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” a song initially planned for II that turned into a hit for Celine Dion, is reclaimed and serves as a classic example of the playful give and take that’s among the hallmarks of the Loaf’s best work. The title track, written by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, Marilyn Manson’s John 5 and Child, updates Loaf’s sound with buzzing guitars and tighter rhythms before swelling into his trademark gait. Never subtle, always grand, Bat Out of Hell delivers a musical theater all its own.

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