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There is no other album like Bat Out of Hell, unless you want to count the sequel. This is Grand Guignol pop -- epic, gothic, and operatic, and it's appealing because of all of this. Jim Steinman was a composer without peer, simply because nobody else wanted to make mini-epics like this. And there never could have been a singer more suited for his compositions than Meat Loaf, a singer partial to bombast, albeit shaded bombast. The compositions are staggering, yet Meat Loaf finds the emotional core in each song, bringing true heartbreak to "Two out of Three Ain't Bad" and sly humor to "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." There's no discounting the production of Todd Rundgren, either, who gives Steinman's self-styled grandiosity a production that's staggeringly big but never overwhelming and always alluring. While the sentiments are deliberately adolescent and filled with jokes and exaggerated clich├ęs, there's real wit behind these compositions, not just in the lyrics but in the music, which is a savvy blend of oldies pastiche, show tunes, prog rock, Springsteen-esque narratives, and blistering hard rock (thereby sounding a bit like an extension of Rocky Horror Picture Show, which brought Meat Loaf to the national stage). It may be easy to dismiss this as ridiculous, but there's real style and craft here and its kitsch is intentional. It may elevate adolescent passion to operatic dimensions, but it's hard not to marvel at the skill behind this grandly irresistible album.

Label-Cleveland International/Epic

Sel #-PE 34974

Country-US

Year-1977

Vinyl-VG

Cover-VG+ includes inner sleeve with lyrics

Tracklist
A1 Bat Out Of Hell 9:48
A2 You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) 5:04
A3 Heaven Can Wait 4:38
A4 All Revved Up With No Place To Go 4:19
B1 Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad 5:23
B2 Paradise By The Dash Board Light (8:28)
B2-I Paradise
B2-II Let Me Sleep On It
B2-III Praying For The End Of Time
B3 For Crying Out Loud 8:45
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