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Bat Out Of Hell

Meat Loaf

1977

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Bat Out Of Hell

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3.39

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5

Easy five stars. This album is operatic, cheesy, over the top, wonderful. I knew meatloaf but had never really taken the time to go through this record. It feels like a proto-power metal album, even including a song that could have been a hit if not for a weird spoken word opening minute. This is my shit, embrace the kitsch and lean in.

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5

Why have I not been listening to Meat Loaf my whole freaking life? These songs have been stuck in my head all day. Rock operas are cliche now but I think this is the pinnacle of that achievement. One reviewer once said that this was "Grand Guignol pop", and that is also appropriate.

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5

Just a wild ride throughout. Not a particularly great album but its not supposed to be. Its supposed to be loud, weird and fun which it absolutely nails. Went in with low expectations bc all the jokes about Meatloaf, but turns out I was taking myself too seriously with my expectations. Actually I take back what I said about it not being good. Its very good musically and just fun overall. This would be my third album on a desert album if it was just a bit longer.

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5

Yo, Meatloaf is the Bruce Springsteen for theatre kids! So as a theatre expat I loved this album so much. I could not help but picturing every song being performed on stage. It was just dripping with melodrama so you could feel the light-hearted cheesiness of it, but Meatloaf's impressive pipes just drove it all home with gravitas. Expanding on my Springsteen claim, I felt the driving bright piano all over this album is so common on "Born to Run," and the musicality in general was very reminiscent of the E-Street Band. Learning that these songs were written by a composer came as no shock to me.

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5

OHHHH openingggggggggg Final Thoughts: 5/5

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5

This is...not what I expected from Meat Loaf. Having only heard Paradise by the Dashboard Light, this album really surprised me in such a fantastic way. It felt like it was too much at all times, but I was having such a great time listening so I can't complain.

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5

Epic! Paradise by the dashboard light is utterly brilliant. Nils Lofgren's guitar is piercing, the vocal delivery amazing and the arrangements are, well, epic.

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5

Can't believe we got this pick the same week he died. Great album. Totally 70s, but timelessly great. Inappropriate memory: they used to play Paradise by the Dashboard Lights at dances I went to in 8th grade. That's not right. But the girls loved singing the "Stop right there!" part. RIP Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf and thanks for rocking our faces off. Easy 5.

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Day 37 of Albums You Must Hear... Meat Loaf has been one of music’s most unique artists for fifty years. He would record with Motown Records early in his career, he performed on Broadway in Hair and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (as well as the film). When Mr. Loaf decided to leave theater and pursue music full time, he had a hard time finding a record label that believed in him, he was just such a different character. Long story short, Bat Out of Hell was released in 1977, and would go on to sell 43 million copies globally, and break a few records along the way. Meat Loaf’s theater experience is what makes this album shine, it’s essentially a musical on wax. The vocals, the backing vocals, and genius arrangements are executed to perfection. Also, Bat Out of Hell has some of the best blues piano playing you can ask for!! Paradise By the Dashboard Light is a funky song that probably showcases the albums potential to its fullest. Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad is a great ballad that I’ve heard on the radio my whole life and it’s still good. You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) has some of those old Motown roots that I love. Bat Out of Hell, the song, is a nearly ten minute all out rock epic adventure. You can totally see the influence this music had on Jack Black. All Revved Up with No Place to Go breaks out the horns and has that Saturday night feeling that lots of music in the late 70’s wanted to capture. Bat Out of Hell II came out in the early 90’s and the cutest girl in my school loved Meat Loaf, so I obviously paid a little attention. I have to be honest, I thought this music was a little weird back then. Meat Loaf has grown on me over the years and he deserves all the recognition he gets and then some. He’s a great singer, actor and creator. I absolutely loved him in the film Fight Club. This album is legendary and I had fun listening to it! Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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4

Outstanding! I love Jim Steinman's over the top, theatrical way of writing. It's like listening to a movie. A silly one, granted, but the experience is always dramatic and such a thrill ride. To be honest, the album could have had white noise after the title track and my score would have been the same. Absolute beast: Bat out of hell Also awesome: You took the words tight out of my mouth

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Saved Prior: Paradise By the Dashboard Light Off Rip: Bat Out of Hell, You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth, All Revved Up with No Place to Go, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Look. Turn your sophisti-brain off for 46 minutes and 31 seconds and enjoy this album. Is it the most incredible, world-changing music ever? No. Does it need to be to be an eminently enjoyable album? NO. This album is so fun and anyone who hates on it needs to lighten up. 4 stars.

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4

Wow. This gives me rock opera realness. I understand meatloaf's appearance in rocky horror now. Also slightly self-indulgent. Each song is like 8 minutes long with three movements.

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4

A towering blancmange of an album that seems to teeter under it's own weight but manages to hold everything going. It's big, like a Rogers and Hammerstein production, the aural equivalent to a Busby Berkeley number; but underneath it all, deeply conservative, looking backwards both in terms of instrumentation and lyrical themes. The band thus come across more like an overheated Mott the Hoople than anything else; and atop this rock 'n' roll purist maelstrom is the inimitable Meat Loaf, bellowing and wheezing his way through the material like his life depends on it. A triumph, then, albeit a very strange and singular one.

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4

There is a reason that Meat Loaf is kind of meme. Fun music, melodramatic as hell, with strong metal feels throughout.

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4

Apparently the songs were original written for a musical and it serves that - big, dramatic and narrative. A few of the tracks were staples of FM radio in the 1980s and "Mouth" (cbf writing that title in full) is a glorious example of that era. As much as this is a work of recorded music, at the same time it feels like it would be just as good to see live. Maybe that's its strength - it's a recording that feels as epic as a live performance. Meat Loaf's vocals are thrilling and powerful, turning it up to 11 and always for a good reason. Least fave track - "Paradise". Tbh I'm not needing an epic saga of two teens rooting in a car.

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4

I'm starting to lean towards records with a sense of story, drama and ambition. This is all of the above with the kitchen sink and a big squirt of cream and a handful of cherries on top. Starts big and goes up from there.

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4

This one is a very loud opera rock album developed from a musical, a futuristic version of "Peter Pan". It sounds epic, and grandiose. Of course it's not surprising for an opera rock album. But I've listened to a few opera rock albums, most notably "The Wall" and "Ziggy Stardust". But while the mentioned albums are great, both are not as loud and ridiculous as "Bat Out of Hell". It is already evident in the cover, explosive motorcycle ride in nearly all red color scheme. Of course loud isn't equal to quality. The album starts out loud, and get monotonous after a while. But on the latter half, it starts to build-up. The latter tracks are all stellar, and together, the album creates a solid narrative. Which apparently involves teenage angst and all the stuff that comes with it. It's a pop album like no other.

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4

Of course I'm familiar with the hits from this album but I've never listened to it all the way through before. Very broadway musical, teen rock opera, tongue in cheek. The cover art captures the spirit perfectly. These songs are also very catchy, in addition to fun, so no wonder it spawned so many hits. I had no idea I would like this album as much as I did.

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What a fun ride Bat Out Of Hell is! I am having visions of theater kids in the 70s getting so stoked to hear this record and perform its songs. It's definitely a helluva rock-n-roll musical and really made me smile this morning. I liked it as a whole, but You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth and Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad are my favs. I know more now why Meatloaf was made fun of and why he is beloved by his fans. What a killer show he must have done back in the day!

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This is the bombastic, pervasive power rock pop album that dominated my youth. The only album which tackles topics such as a dude trying to get his girlfriend he doesn't love to bang him, while also bring advertised on the backs of late 70s marvel comics. It gets 3 stars because this is the only album on this list to feature the vocals of legendary Yankee broadcaster Phil Rizzutto

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Hm. Way more piano work than I exspected. I always thought Meat Loaf would sound more like maiden than Journey. This is Journey on pop 70s steroids

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Frankly, and indeed somewhat purposefully, this album is a clear oddity. A work where the bombast is the point, where everything is XXXL and then further expanded, the only parallel that springs to mind is Born to Run, which is comparatively modest. But does it work? An album of histrionics and declared emotional extremes harking back to the teenage experience, I ultimately found such a pose too much of an affectation to embrace. Of course, the paradox here is that the affectation was obviously meant sincerely, that Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf authentically loved the sentiments of this album. But I do not share that stance, and this attempt to make the ultimate rock 'n roll album doesn't fully escape self-parody. (Speaking of which, didn't rock 'n roll start off stripped-down and straightforward? How do you get from That's All Right Mama to Paradise by the Dashboard Light?) In fairness, there are of course occasions for such grandiosity, and I shan't object if someone puts a track of this album on the jukebox, but I wouldn't do it myself.

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I can see why everyone loves this album. Just like how people are obsessed with musicals. I, however, am not into musicals very much, and thus am not a fan of the operatic nature of this album. The songs constantly shift in style and loudness to get the audience engaged. There's an over-reliance on hooks, but it often works. The best song is "Paradise by the Dashboard," with genre transitions that match the storytelling. Love the dialogue between characters. "Two Out of Three Aint Bad" is the best consistent song, retaining its identity without doing anything too outlandish that became a weakness of other songs. "You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth" is really catchy and even I couldn't resist singing a lot to it. The title track is a decent opener that shows the direction this album will take. The other 3 songs are pretty forgettable.

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3

Straight up rock musical. It's got more of the "ride a motorcycle into the sunset" aesthetic than I like, but he really powers through and adds in a bit of humour.

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Really fun, theatrical experience. Steinman's gloriously simple and overwrought songwriting empowers Meat Loaf's voice, which conveys emotion potently. More than anything, I'm not surprised that this album started a franchise and has been converted into a musical, because this is theater kid music. There's some great stuff on here, such as the opener, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, and You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth. If you give in to the schmaltz, you'll probably have a fun time with Bat Out of Hell.

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Du bon rock @ancienne qui fait plaiz. J'ai pas été très attentif à l'écoute mais y'a moy que ça mérite une meilleure note, je ré-écouterai. RIP Meat Loaf aussi.

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people did a lot of drugs in the 70s

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At least when Soft Cell were terrible they had the decency to be terrible in short 3-minute bursts. Bloated, self-involved, unlistenable hot garbage.

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It's fucking Meatloaf! Of course it gets 5 stars. That was my review before actually listening to it. My God, what a colossal heap of shit this is. Music for jockeys who've had too much cocaine.

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can i give this 0 stars?

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5

Aikasemminkin tullut levy kuunneltua ”taustalla”, mutta nyt ajatuksella kuunneltua - Aivan timanttinen, täydellisyyttä hipova kokonaisuus

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5

It’s obviously a masterpiece.

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5

Amazing as always!

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5

so cool i thought it was very cool

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5

I love this classic rock. loud theatrical style with passionate ballads. this shit meaty as hell. sick album cover too 🥩🥩🥩🥩🥩

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really great

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5

So I really like Meat Loaf. I knew that I liked that one song that came out in the 90s and got all popular, but I pretty much like all of this album as well. It’s got that sort of ballad-y sound that Queen has that I totally missed out on since I didn’t really listen to 70s music.

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5

Surprisingly excellent - rock opera all the way

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My dad favorite album

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5

Super cheesy and theatrical pop rock/prog rock. Couldn't dislike it if I tried, 9/10.

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5

Pleasant surprise!

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5

We have a winner! This is the first real rock re it’s I ever owned for myself. It was a gift from my older brother on my 13th birthday. He later told me many time he regretted the gift, as I played it over, and over, and over... superbadass! “Bat out of Hell”. That song rocks. This is a big album with big vocals guitars, and operatic aspirations. Love Weird talking vocal intros, the broadcaster play-by-play near the dashlight and the overall vibe that at the time seemed like a new version of rock music. If you’ve never seen the Paradise video with Ellen Foley, it’s worth checking out. This is a solid 4 but I’m rounding up a whole star because of a very heavy nostalgia factor.

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5

Classic

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5

Amazing

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5

Great album, nice vocals and lyrics and catchy i also liked the symphonic elements used album sounds like something elton john would make great listen

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5

A fun horny masterpiece

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5

Incredible rock and roll opera 10/10

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5

I needed something this bombastic, cheesy, fun, and "epic" today. It truly pulled the best of hard rock and musical theater together into one ridiculous ride that I will gladly hop on again.

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5

Childhood for me. My mom listened to so much Meatloaf when I was kid, especially this album. Fucking awesome man. I still remember watching paradise by the dashboard light. This big sweaty man dancing and twisting around in a blouse. But all I could think was "Man this guys fucks." And he does.

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5

I was surprised. I was introduced to Meatloaf by Rocky Horror picture and nothing else. His sincere music was. Ice. It moved from wanting to leave as soon as he was done having fun to being vulnerable enough to want to stay longer.

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5

Frickin rulz

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5

Excellent Album. Powerful voice and sick piano. Was not expecting this

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5

Family favourite no need to listen

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5

Sixty-three days in, I finally have a favorite album of mine to listen to yet again. I've loved this album since I was 13 for its bombastic, lighthearted, energetic vibes. Paradise by the Dashboard Light makes it easy to imagine what being a dumb teenager in the 1970s would be like and the title track is a great driving song. Also, Jim Steinman is a genius songwriter. Fav songs: all of them but especially PBTDL

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5

This is a timeless album. A staple in rock history and should be required for every fan of music to listen to.

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5

IMO the peak of Meatloaf, starts out strong then coasts a little then picks back up towards the end

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5

Wow, that was an experience. Was not prepared for that. That was one of the best albums I have heard in a while.

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5

So much fun. Nothing bad to say.

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5

One of the greatest of all time

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5

Over the top and so cheesy but I love it. Probably a bias as my parents used to sing along to this in the car.

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5

Classic, one of those albums where pretty much every song has popped up in my life a few times before. Title track, Took the words ..., and two out of three ... are my favourites, but they're all awesome!

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5

Simply one of the most perfect albums ever produced. What more can be said about the amazing (but troubled) partnership between Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman? I’ve seen Meat Loaf live a couple of times and his performance was the best show I’ve ever seen! There are very few performers like Meat Loaf who always leave it all on the stage every time. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. RIP!

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5

Amazing

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5

I’ve been waiting for this album ever since Meatloaf died a little while back. Such a fun album and absolutely great lyrics and strong opera like vocals. You have no soul if you dislike this one! 5

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5

What a ride, this album has it all. Catchy choruses, great guitar work, especially love the piano work. All in all this always feels massive, like a grand opera. Every song is a great one, definitely one of the albums I personally enjoyed the most so far

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5

One of the best sounding and best recorded albums of all time. Perfection. A theatrical movement from beginning to end with dynamics and passion and the best vocal performance that can be given from a singer who wants to bring others’ songs to life.

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5

Bangers on bangers

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I was immediately enthralled by BAT OUT OF HELL the first time I heard it as a kid in the 70’s. The title track was unlike anything I’d ever heard. I’d listen staring at the album art spellbound as motorcycles tore out of hell and through heaven backed by angelic choirs. Meat Loaf soared effortlessly over the bombast as the lyrics took me on journeys of love, lust, heartbreak, dreams, nightmares, good and evil with as much drama as anything I had ever encountered. The word epic was made for this album. Meat Loaf is the perfect vehicle to transition between its high drama (“Bat Out Of Hell”), soaring hymns (“Heaven Can Wait”), tragic love (“Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”), love & lust (“You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth”, “Paradise By The Dashboard Lights”) , and youthful angst (“All Revved Up With No Place To Go”). He then manages to bring it all to a perfect conclusion with the glorious “For Crying Out Loud.” Later in life that I realized the enormous role played by the other genius behind this album, Jim Steinman. His mastery of the rock epic was scattered across not only Meat Loaf’s triumphs but also other artists - notably Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, Cher, Celine Dion - and from movies like Streets of Fire and Footloose). Since that realization I have been as big a fan of his work as I am of Meat Loaf. BAT OUT OF HELL towers at the apex of both their careers. It is a timeless classic that had a major role in shaping my musical sensibilities. Meat Loaf left us a month and a half ago. This album is the perfect soundtrack for that moment. I picture him roaring into the afterlife on a Harley, angelic voices welcoming him home. RIP Meat Loaf.

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5

Pure rock'n'roll theatrics. Love it.

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5

I don't know when or how I would have acquired it, but I recall having this on cassette tape at some point in my life. I am sure that I didn't listen to it ofter, but listening to it today was so nostalgic. Listening as I took my walk today, I know I had a little smirk on my face whenever I could resist not lip-syncing along. The compositions are grand and some over the top, which I may not tolerate from others, but this album is a work of art with the Meat Loaf style vocals the perfect fit!

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5

Loaf! Meat Loaf! This is its own genre, I think. Gorgeously theatrical and over the top.

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5

Wonderful album. Had listened to it recently due to his death.

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5

One of my favorites of all time

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5

To me, this album is a masterpiece. All of the elements of rock you’d want in a rock album- soft, tender moments in Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, zany ridiculousness that is Paradise by the Dashboard Light, a display of the powerhouse Meatloaf was in every note. Brilliant album

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5

Amazing album. I don't know if there is anything that could have been done to make it better.

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5

Remek djelo. Najbolji pretenciozni album svih vremena

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5

This was totally unexpected for me. Based on the cover and album name, I expected something absolutely different. And I loved it!! It was a great piece of music! The lyrics are exactly fit for the chords, the songs are great and everything works like a charm on almost all songs. I'm reaching 350 albums at this challenge and I was missing this kind of completely unknown album that deserves 5 stars.

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5

This album has everything. It might be a bit pretentious, but I see it as part of its charm.

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5

5/5 bat,you took the words,revvedup. Gotta check the musical

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4

A jam

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4

Tom Rundgen

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4

Power ballad. A product of its time. Beautiful from start to finish.

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4

Intriguing soundstage with creative microphone placement and punchy rock tunes

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4

Very fun album. Only thing I really didn’t like was the weird intro on track 2. That creeped me out. Also wish it had Hot Patootie on it.

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4

better than i thought

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4

3 perfect songs, the others are equally great.

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4

Really enjoyed it. Felt like a theatre production

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4

Pretty damn decent. Every song had a mission statement and it was more like a musical thematically, a bit like a rock opera. And he has a great voice. I’m rating it higher than I normally would because of Paradise which is a classic.

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4

I like this kind of operatic rock music. And albums that progress and have a theme, and songs with multiple medodic shifts in tone

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4

Surprisingly cheerful in spite of all the hellish imagery, hits the vein of 80s ballad rock right in the middle. Complete with a healthy helping of theatrical cheese.

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4

Hilarious and dramatic while still sounding good. 8

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4

Rock con mezcla. Recuerda a un músical.

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4

Epic

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4

"You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" is honestly a really fun song, but the decision to include that first minute about offering your throat to the wolf was a very strange one indeed. 7.

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4

absolutely cracking album, again id give it a 4.5 but i cant so imma give it a 4 because its not quite a 5 star - didnt really got a lot of variety but what i did get was a whole load of good music

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4

The beginning was stronger than the end, or maybe the style just got a bit old. All in all v enjoyable and pretty fun, had St Elmo's Fire vibes

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4

Eigenlijk best lekker. Veel beter dan ik verwachte!

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Meat Loafin nimi oli tiedossa ja myös nimi bat out of hell, mutta en muista koskaan aiemmin antaneeni tälle mahdollisuutta. Tämähän oli ihan uskomatonta kamaa! Ei ehkä ihan vitosta, mutta vahva nelonen. Odotin jotain tunkkaista hevimetallia, mutta sain Enemmän Elton Johnia kuin Mercyful fatea. Nimibiisi ja Paradise by the dashboard light oli ne suurimmat hitit

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4

Pretty good album. These songs are all very grand and rockish. 1RS

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4

There's a reason this is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Very enjoyable and fun, such that even the 8 minute+ songs never seem to drag on. Saved: Bat Out of Hell, Paradise By the Dashboard Light

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4

Favourite Song: Paradise By the Dashboard Light

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4

Epic! The singles are the best part and have stood the rest of time for a reason. But some other amazing tracks to be found here as well.

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4

Zu pompös für die meisten Lebenslagen. Aber verrückt gutes Album

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4

most of the songs I have danced to, not sure why now in my old age. Must be mellowing.

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4

Klassiker zumindest für mi

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4

This is so extra, but in a good way.

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4

This was one of my first CDs along with Nirvana - Nevermind, Village People - Greatest Hits, Damn Yankees - Don't Tread, Classic Queen and Queen Greatest Hits. Jim Steinman and Meatloaf never sounded better together.

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4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Bat out of hell, Paradise by the dashboard light

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4

Musical rock

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4

Bastante wapo pero también que meat loaf me mola

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4

Absolute bangers

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4

Some of the best cheesy epic rock n roll you'll ever get. "And nothing really rocks and nothing really rolls and nothings ever worth the cost" Point deducted for a few of the filler tracks.

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4

We need a new Meat Loaf. Who out there can take the meat torch and run with it???

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Epic.

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4

Opera as rock and roll. Kudos to Todd Rundgren's stellar production!

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His name is Robert Paulson! His name is Robert Paulson! His name is Robert Paulson! His name is Robert Paulson!

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4

Rock con mezcla. Recuerda a un músical.

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4

Great opening track. This album incredibly unique in its scope. Rock operas had been a thing for over a decade, but this album feels more like a rock musical with the way it's arranged. It's a fine distinction but I think it holds. I became a bit bored with the middle bit, but it certainly had some very bombastic and interesting moments.

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4

Pretty singular and excellent even though it oozes toxic horniness

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4

This album is like Rocky Horror Picture Show

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4

not what i expected! reminds me of rocky horror, maybe because hes in that movie. solid 4.

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4

Really enjoyed this one. I think I'd heard the title song before, but not really any of the others. The name Meat Loaf certainly does not betray the quality of his songwriting, which is probably why I've stayed away so long.

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4

Rock solid.

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Cracker

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7/10

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4

Sounds like the soundtrack to a musical, and of course it was made into one 40 years later. It's not just any musical, though - it's a zany, nostalgic, rock opera, Springsteen parody (ish), retelling of Peter Pan. A wild ride. Long live the Loaf. Best track: Paradise by the Dashboard Light

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4

I liked it better than I though. Definitely has a reputation as a classic.

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4

Love the whole rock opera motif and the mix of instruments and soaring numbers is impressive (kudos Jim Steinman). And Meatloaf has a great voice. Paradise has always been good (super witty/cheeky) and Two out of Three Ain't Bad is a personal fave. Bat out of Hell is a little long but it is high energy rock, as is You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (which has an intro that is both entertaining and creepy). I was a little surprised at how boring I found Heaven Can Wait and All Revved Up. For Crying Out Loud was somewhere in between. A 3.5 for sure, and I'll round up for the uniqueness.

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I remember seeing Meat Loaf in college, before "Bat Out Of Hell 2". He gave a great performance, played a lot of this album live. He really poured his heart into every song, you could tell he loved it, but he was ready to move on to that next level... Wait, so what was I talking about? Oh yeah, Bat Out Of Hell. Every song on this album is so... bombastic. Any one of these songs would take an album up another level. I could imagine someone like Springsteen taking one of them on, and really going for it, just like Meat Loaf does. The problem is that EVERY SONG is like that. You would think that "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" would be that epic song, the longest track, right? Nope. "For Crying Out Loud," the NEXT song, is LONGER. It's just so... exhausting. Even the slow songs are over the top. I'm surprised Meat Loaf is able to perform these songs without an oxygen tank. It's a really good album, but just... WAY over the top. I feel like I burn off a couple hundred calories listening to it.

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Pure rock opera. Just like the second coming of The Who's Tommy. This thing is rock with influences from all over with a sensibility of rock but also for storytelling and it sounds great. It's a musical experience non unlike Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. I can't believe I never heard this album because it's great!

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There are some thumping ballads on here, but time has not been kind to many of them. Paradise by the dashboard light is genius. Takes the album from 3 to 4.

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Il en fait un peu trop mais bien joué à lui.

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A fantastic, hysterical and emphatic exaggeration of rock'n'roll clichés. A wonderful glam rock album. (7/10) FT: Bat out of Hell, Paradise By the Dashboard Light

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Very original!

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Nie moja bajka, ale ciekawe

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This was like the Rocky Horror Picture Show with motorcycles. I kind of dig it though.

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Another classic. I had a Rocky horror picture show phase and meatloaf guided me.

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4 out of 5 not bad!

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Liked it a lot better than I thought I would

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family classic ent it

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It was pretty good. I love dashboard, the rest were hit or miss for me.

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Genre: Pop Rock 4/5 A pop rock opera for the ages, from a gaggle of gentlemen who you'd never expect to create one of the best selling albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell is rock maximalism taken to its most theatrical. Near-glam, near-musical, but all rock 'n roll. Meat Loaf's soaring tenor voice, Todd Rundgren's rich layers of guitars, and Jim Steinman's tremendous piano playing and songwriting all mesh together to make something truly wonderful. From the 10-minute prog pop epic title track, to the catchy pop rock jam You Took the Words..., to the rock suite Paradise by the Dashboard Light, this album is full of all of the things that make great rock albums great. Great singing, great guitar playing, fun and interesting arrangements, and musicians having an absolute blast with their material. If you found a modicum of enjoyment out of this, certainly take a gander at Rundgren's solo material. Theatrical, self aware, and very good. RIP to the dude Meat Loaf, one of the best to ever do it on the mic.

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so, so, silly but in an entertaining way

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Avausraita on kyllä tämmösen överirockin helmiä, vaikea olla puntin vipattamatta ja hymyilemättä. Muutenkin levy on isoja tuotantoja ja kovaa kasariajoa koko matkan läpi. Häpeilemättä tykkään 4/5. Levynkannelle taas pakko antaa 6/5 parempaa ei ole

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Tour de force Prefs: Bat Out of Hell, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night), All Revved Up With No Place to Go, Paradise by the Dashboard Light Moins pref: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

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Eh

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Bonkers yet fun, cheesy, Springsteen-style metal-ish prog pop-rock

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A real classic and fun

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An appropriate title. Hits like the titular Bat Out of Hell. Meatloaf is vocally destroying it! 7 songs 47 mins. EPIC!

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An abolsute blast, but hard to take seriously (are we supposed to?) - I prefer this sound with Springsteen writing the songs.

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Feels like a rock opera/musical and maybe it is but I haven’t paid much attention to the lyrics other than the weird furry dialogue. Dude can sing but not really my thing

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i'm excited for this.. eh

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Pretty epic but queen we’re doing rock opera much better

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Long songs. Lowkey sounds like Fun. or Queen.

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An apple a day

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A couple bangers, a lot of cheese.

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Not bad, but not in a rock mood today so I didn't listen to all of it.

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No

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album was good but the guy being called meat loaf brought it down a bit

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Hell of a ride! lots of instrumental magic not without progressive elements and slight glammy lipstick sputtering. lots of coquettish vocals, Michael's voice was maybe superior discovery for me, definitely captivating and talanted. Great choice for a highway rapid ride on. btw ballads are a bit tedious track picks- S/T, you took two words, all revved, paradise by dashboard light

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Interesting reading on the wikipedia page that a lot of people compare this to Springsteen Born to Run. I wouldn't have thought that before, but I can definitely hear that. The difference is that Springsteen's music is more raw and nuanced. Meat Loaf comes across as sort of frantic and over-produced. Still an interesting and very listenable album though. 3 stars.

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I don't especially like it, but I'm glad this album exists. It's a very bold album with big ambitions and it's unabashedly theatrical, and I appreciate its sincerity. It's just that in spite of all that, it doesn't try to *do* anything and doesn't really go anywhere or explore any interesting ideas. Combine the uninspired and cliched lyrics with mediocre melodies, and you get a 3/5 album.

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Cornball from start to finish, but Paradise by the Dashboard Light is so ridiculous, it alone brought this up to a 3.

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Decepcionantemente blando. Melódico.

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Surprisingly good!

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Really really boring

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A little more my speed. I knew a few of the songs but it was not an album I had listened to all the way through. Very dramatic and like a musical. Reminded me of rocky horror picture show.

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I mostly enjoyed this album, minus the talking part at the beginning of the second track. It's not really my vibe so I don't think I'll ever listen again, but I enjoyed listening to it!

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Verhasst und lächerlich gemacht. Zu Recht? Nun ja, die Angriffsfläche ist vorhanden, aber wie The Ark schon richtig deuteten „ridicule is no shame“ (finde Funny Funk fulminant furchtbarer) Aber zurück zur Fetten Glam Bulette; klar hört sich vieles nach Rocky Horror Fernsehgarten Mitklatsch Nummer an, wieder anderes könnte aber auch aus der Feder von Springsteen oder gar campy Cocker stammen. Beasty 3.33

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This is so lame but I actually kind of appreciate that.

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not a fan, but it's not bad 3/5

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extremely corny and felt very long. Has some fun parts tho. 6

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Ach ja, Meatloaf. Het is natuurlijk zo kitscherig als wat, maar ik kan het wel waarderen. De saxofoon, de piano, het drama, de zangeres...

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Production: 12/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 10/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 8/20 =48 I don't really have much of an opinion about it. It is what it is.

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A guilty pleasure. Very catchy and liked the pianos but did take itself too seriously at times.

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It's meatloaf, it's old lady rock

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hi name is robert paulson. cracking set of badongas. this is what all of that 70s crap we've had to endure is trying to do. unashamedly cheesey, it knows its not serious which makes it mildly enjoyable.

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Incredible artwork and Bat out of Hell is and epic song and the live version at the end of the album is even better. But apart from this the other tracks don't really measure up in comparison.

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Some fun tunes but feels like it takes itself too seriously at times in thinking it's an operatic masterpiece, the ballads especially. Top artwork, though. Best track: Bat out of Hell

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Enjoyed this more than I should.

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Fun classic rock vibes after its "normalization in the latter part of the 20th century, bundled up in the kitschy package that makes it easy to listen too. This was fun for some nostalgic vibes, reminds me a lot of the music in Rocky Horror Picture sow.

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Guilty admission... singing meatloaf loudly like a Broadway showtune is a long time habit for which I’m seeing a specialist. It was never the same for me after his role in Fight Club. And this album doesn’t hold up well despite Paradise.

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This is probably the most egregious case of an album cover being far better than the music presented. You look at this cover and say “HOLY SHIT, THIS ALBUMS GONNA MAKE BLACK SABBATH LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF PUSSIES” then you listen to the music and hear it’s a sappy musical. On the musical side, it’s not awful, it has some great moments and feels kind of ambitious for what it is. The issue is that it just doesn’t have something to hook me in. I’d be reminisced to not mention the legendary moments where Top Gear (the good version) toon the piss out of the title track.

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Desconocía a ese señor, Meat Loaf. Tiene un vozarrón y el disco aunque cortito me ha gustado. Mucho rock progresivo con tintes de musical.

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Decent album, some good piano and guitar stuff

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NICE ALBUM ART. interesting start i could like this. we're starting with the title track lets go baybe. 9 minutes 50 seconds this could be amazing or a drag. loving it so far. okay his voice is okay. lyrics went from fun to funny fast lol. im enjoying myself kinda though. this screams musical theatre i can easily picture the performance to go along with this song. second song: xd oh my god. "will you offer your throat to the wolf with the red rose". this is what a concept album is right. well im done, i think i liked this as much as i can like this type of album, the drama of it all was nice for a change. last 2 tracks are live versions and theyre not available but i rarely care about listening to the same song twice in the same album so im good

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It's a classic, but not my everyday style. Fun every now and then

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3,5 Album was gekend. Paradise by the dashboard light, goated. Ik vond wel niet dat de lengte van de nummers een meerwaarde was, to long is to long, liever iets korter

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leuk album, musical vibe, not sure of ik het vaak opnieuw zou luisteren. is wel deel van een trilogie dus de andere twee wil ik nog wel luisteren.

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This will not be for everyone but overall it was enjoyable.

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Su problema es que su sonido está muy trillado a día de hoy y que cuadra poco con el espíritu de nuestros tiempos. Pero es que es del 77 y está bastante guapo con todo. 3,5 más que 3

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Theatric rock

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Good

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Average indie

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Starts out gloriously with a monstrous 10 minute track, then things get weird for a sec before again building up to a powerful crescendo in “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth”. “Heaven Can Wait” starts out on a more mellow pace which blossoms into an actually beautiful piano balled. The next song revs up the energy again and that same energy continues throughout the rest of the album. Powerful and dynamic listen, but some tracks grow a little too long and overstay their welcome… 6/10

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Bombastisk rock, Springsteen- och Spectordoftande. Låtarna är fartfyllda och storslagna och ofta upp mot 10-minutersstrecket. Meat Loaf's fylliga, fantastiska röst gör det till ett album du gärna vill dansa och sjunga med i på en hemmafest. Låtarnas längd kan dock göra det svårt att lära sig texterna! Kunde ingenting om Meat Loaf innan, och han verkar vara en intressant karaktär, synd bara på Trumpsupportandet och klimatförnekandet. Inledningsspåret Bat Out of Hell är bra. Även Paradise by the Dashboard Light, speciellt del 3, Let Me Sleep on It, där Ellen Foleys sånginsats måste nämnas! For Crying Out Loud är en otrolig kärlekspowerballad som avslutar albumet. Resten av de lugnare låtarna blir lite smöriga. Bästa låt: For Crying Out Loud.

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Rock Opera ?? Very kitsch, but fun. Funny that Meatloaf often gets classified as rock or hard rock or something, but really its big musical ballads, almost like musical theatre. Lots of songs in there that you'd dance at a wedding to with your auntie !!! Gotta say, "You took the words right out of my mouth" is super catchy. High 3 - not really my cup of tea, don't think I'd listen again, but it was fun, and unique and memorable.

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пойдёт но скучновато старые долгие песни теплый звук

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A classic album, seems a little long in the tooth now

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Ok

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It's alright, I wouldn't do anything to listen to this album... but maybe I would for love

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Solid metal, good vibes

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Quite! Soft rock musical music at its pinnacle. Just not what I’d choose to listen to!

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32. Bat out of Hell - Meat Loaf 9 tracks. Not at all what I was expecting. Far more power ballad than punchy rock as the title track suggests & I have absolutely no idea what Paradise by Dashboard Light is, (other than brilliant!) 3/5.

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Demasiado largo. Un 3, por pesao. Tiene dos megahits: -I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That): NO me gusta -Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through: SÍ me gusta

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Childhood

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If you had never heard of meat loaf before and you looked at this album cover you would have a very specific idea of what you think this album would sound like, and then you would be very surprised when you listen to it and it’s billy joel if he were a theater kid that got bullied a lot in high school

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Great album. Fast paced.

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Kolejny ciekawy albumik, tym razem prosto z hameryki, co juz widac nawet po samej okladce, jakies nietopyry i kuce na moturze, ale wyglada epicko i juz sama nadaje klimat plycie, ktora jest debiutem studyjnym pana o pseudonimie Meat Loaf, ktoremu z wygladu duzo nie brakuje do miesnego bochena, album powstal we wspolpracy z kompozytorem Jimem Steinmanen, wiec Loaf byl wokalem, a glowa za calym konceptem zarowno liycznym jak i instrumentalnym byl Jim, a do tego z dwadziescia osob jest odpowiedzialnych za granie z czego warto wspomniec o Rundgrenie gitarze wszystkich trakow poza trzecim i siodmym oraz Bittanie czyli pianinie.klawiaszach przewijajacych sie przez caly albumik poza ostatnim kawalkiem, gdzie scene przejmuje prawdziwa filharmonia, wiec nie da sie powiedziec kto gra, ale jest na bogato przez caly krazek, bo jednak sporo artystow sie przewija na tych 46 minutach, dodatkowo jeszcze zenskie chorki wspomagaja pana Loafa czesto i gesto, co jeszcze bardziej poteguje wrazenie przepychu dzwiekowego, na bogato jest rowniez jesli chodzi o liryke, bo kawalki to prawdziwe opowiesci na dziesiatki linijek, ale kontentu po tytule czy okladce nie sposob sie domyslic, bo jest to nic innego jak opowiesc o mlodosci, wiec i milosci, motorach, mnogosci percepcji, mrocznych mroczkach, wiec opowiesci banalne, ale za to jak ubrane sluchasz kawalka o pierwszym pocalunku mlodzienca, a jest on tak przedstawiony jak epicka wyprawa w nieznane, pan Loaf stanal na wysokosci zadania i dobrze oddal dramatyzm i napiecie budowane lirycznie, ale im blizej do konca tym gorzej, to brzmi, a raczej brzmi coraz normalniej i wytraca sie ten pieklo nietoperzowy klimat z pierwszego traka, ktory sam w sobie ma cos z born to run pana Springsteena, zamykajacy for crying out loud stara sie to nadrobic przekombinowanymi orkiestrowymi wstawkami, ale nie jest to juz to samo co poczatek, ciezko zaklasyfikowac do jakiegos konkretnego gatunku tej plyty, bo z jednej strony tematycznie jest to swietna popowa opowiesc z motywem milosci w roli glownej, z drugiej brzmi to momentami tak przekombinowanie, ze wychodzi z tego rock progresywny, a na samym bacie z piekla mozna sie doszukiwac metalowych influencji, wiec mocno ostatecznie bym okreslal plyte jako hardo eksperymentalny popowy rock, dziwne jest tez, ze album wchodzi pod solowa dyskografie pana loafa, jesli tak duza czesc roboty byla wykonana przez Steinmana, nietopyr piekielny doczekal sie kontynuacji, bo jeszcze dwa albumiki sygnowane nietoperzem sie ukazaly, a dodatkowo calkiem niedawno, bo w 2k17 ukazal sie musical pod tym samym tytulem autorstwa oczywiscie Steinmana, na plejke leci utwor openingowy

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Fun, but just not a need to listen to again.

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Eh, Meat Loaf is another person that's never been very high on my list, despite his amazing comeback in the 1990s. This album is OK, but not better than that. 3 stars.

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Great Fun

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sounds massively like Jack Black - bombastically daft

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Rocky horror vibes

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Two meats out of loaf ain't bad

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Oh boy, I know this album well and while I'm not a fan of Meatloaf, I do love the occasional song. A whole album is tough to listen to though.

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An album with songs that are nice when they come up on the radio, and Two Out of Three Ain't Bad takes me back to high school years, but not more than that.

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Meh...

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Для фанатов хард роцка

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This is the debut album from Meat Loaf and it released as the title suggests - like a 'Bat Out of Hell'. This album is one of the best-selling in the world and is certified 14 times platinum - which means it's certified diamond. However, this album was not an immediate hit in the US and took some time to gain popularity. This album is still quite popular, especially after a play was created with some of these songs as parts in the play. This epic, rock, pop, gothic, artistic album was a treat to listen to and definitely belongs on this list. Everything came together perfectly for this album.

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Big, fat covid denying, anti-vaxx idiot makes big fat, over the top idiotic album. Even Springsteen thinks this album is a tad OTT. Aspects of it are cringe and the kind of stuff neckbeards probably think are romantic but I've got to admit, you can get swept up in it. Ignore the man and listen to the music - it's the least we could do. Best Tracks: Bat Out of Hell; You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth; Paradise By The Dashboard Light

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3/5 better than expected!

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I’m not in the mood for meat loaf. Lol. I get it. It’s like showtunes. The album art is too bad ass for how upbeat and peppy this sounds.

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It is good fun, some great tracks. The spoken word sections are cringey though, the paradise song was especially cringey

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Obviously it's iconic, but just not my thing- it's more musical than metal. Fully get why people love it, just not for me.

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Rock-Pop mit viel Pathos. Hat gute Momente, ist aber spätestens nach der Hälfte ermüdend.

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This one is difficult. On one hand, this may be the best album cover of all time. On the other, the music is NO way reflects the amazing album cover. It's a great operatic pop "rock" album, and I recognize it's greatness, but it has ZERO re-listenability to me. I'm glad I listened to it, and I think it's good, but I have no desire to ever listen to it again. For that, it's a 3/5, but I totally get why people love it. That being said, Meat Loaf could SING. Great chops.

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The rest of the album is a bit hit or miss for me, but my god that title track is still as amazing as ever. RIP to a real one

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There’s something charming about this musical theater type rock opera, but for me personally it is too loud, dramatic, and intense for much replay value. Certainly a fun album but not much else for me.

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Some extra credit has to be allowed for the audacity of putting out what is basically a musical without a plot, in the packaging of a heavy metal album. I don’t think I ever listened to the album before and certainly none of it was familiar other than Paradise... which is a superbly constructed song for all the ultra-banality of its concept (and even in that deserves a nod for the underlying cold-blooded assessment of the actual beating heart of most teenage love songs). Obviously a core artifact of its pop era, though considered on its own as an album I’d have to say that it barely stays ahead of its many weaknesses.

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This album was definitely all over the place stylistically but I was there for it! It's an interesting mix of Americana, ballads and what I'm calling "zany rock n roll"

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Nunca viví en los 70, pero escuchar este disco fue como presenciar un concierto al aire libre, en algún parque o feria, con un rock algo más pesado que el clásico, un poco más teatral que el pop o el glam y totalmente épico. Es como viajar en el tiempo.

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Tykkäsin enemmän kuin luulin, etenkin pari ekaa biisiä kovia. Balladia hyvällä meiningillä ja tulikin aika paljon mieleen Bruce Springsteen. 3,5/5.

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No johan on oopperaa hitto vie! Lihamureke on ollu mulle sekä ruokana että musiikkina aika vieras pitkään. Nyt se korjaantuu. Tässä jännästi yhdityy joku rokkiooppera, bruce springsteen ja kapakkasoitto. Täytyy ehkä kuunnella uudestaan. Ensi kuuntelulla keskiverto. 3/5

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Cornier than a cob of corn. Some huge hits to be found here, but it just ain't for me.

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Completely absurd. Well, isn't it? That's not to say it's terrible - it's just absurd; knowingly-so. It's fun and campy and theatrical and overwrought but I do think we need music like this on occasion. I don't think I'd listened to this album since i was 8 years old at my cousin's house on cassette tape. Of course like everyone in my generation I grew up hearing the 3 big hits pretty often and as a baseball fan loved the Phil Rizzuto monologue in "Paradise..." (even if i hated the Yankees). (...only struck me now that there's no small similarity between the vocal stylings of Meatloaf and Jack Black...) It's a bit much to listen to on repeat for me but probably a required listen to gain any understanding of the culture/music scene of the late 70s in america. It's a fun spin. 7/10 3 stars.

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i actually enjoyed this album! i recognized a little bit of the tunes but not amazingly, but i thought it was a nice combination of music and voice mixed together. it was good!

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Kind of silly and over the top. I was expecting more from such an iconic album.

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It was ok. Enjoyed it more than I thought. Meatloaf’s piano playing and comp was good, not sure how much I would listen to it again

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A revving Harley of operatic rock purrs at the heart of this 1977 epic. Yes, it proved to be the career catapult for Meat Loaf’s brand of piano-hammering emotion, but its highlights—from the overblown 9-minute onslaught of the title track onwards—are as much the work of lead composer Jim Steinman. “Heaven Can Wait” plays like a twisted hymn and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” turns power baladeering into a blustering art form.

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Solid cheesy fun album.

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Kind of dated, kind of dumb, kind of cliché... but also kind of fun. Kept my attention for longer than I thought it would. The title track is a proper banger, so is "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". Not a fan of the last track, which always sucks, because it leaves you with a sour taste even if the rest of the album was great. Has some lows, has some highs, probably wouldn't listen to the entire thing again, a 3/5.

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the album cover and title go hard. it was easy enough to listen to but i think some songs were a little too long. i wouldnt listen to it again but i didn't hate it, 2.5

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Pop/rock, storslået, Jim Steinman, velkomponeret, lange sange

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Meh...

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too long on the first song and not a massive fan of the ballads

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It's all very epic and Meatloafy. It's fun enough, I did put off listening to it though. I've heard it a bunch before, and it's all just too over the top, and we've all heard it a billion times before. It belongs on the list just becuase of what it is, but it doesn't do much for me.

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Fav Song: Bat Out of Hell

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Mielikuva Meat Loafista oli jonkinlaistan slovarimuniinpuhaltelua Amerikkalaiseen makuun, kenties johtuen siitä että olin kuullut pelkästään paria nyyhkyhittibiisiä aiemmin. Tämähän oli kuitenkin yllättävän räväkkää ja teatraalista menoa. Ehkä jotain samaa tunnelmaa Elton Johnin kanssa mutta ei lähellekään yhtä laadukkaalla biisimateriaalilla. Ei ollenkaan oma juttu, mutta ymmärrän kyllä että tästäkin voi joku tykätä. Taas kerran 2,5, joka pyöristyy alaspäin.

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Can see why. But not for me.

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Fun to listen to but another I won't again.

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Meh

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Great musicianship. Not my cup of tea though.

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Cheese af. Not the kind of thing I enjoy listening too normally.

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Not good

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4

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2e nummer vind ik nog wel catchy. Maar dat theatrale van die dikzak trek ik nu niet meer. Vond ik vroeger nog wel leuk, maar toen had ik zero smaak😅

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Gisteren niet geluisterd maar dit album ken ik wel. Soms best leuk maar alleen als je er voor in de stemming bent.

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It's weird to write that in an album with only 7 songs, it feels like there's so much padding. Steinman wrote 2 really good songs and handful of others to make it an album, which brings the whole thing down.

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Why are the songs so damn long

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I have similiar feelings to Meat Loaf as I do Queen, although Meat Loaf's voice is less annoying than Mercury's. Too many of the songs go on for too long with the sole purpose of building to one last crescendo where Loaf can impart one more of his sub retarded idioms e.g 'two out of three ain't bad', 'you took the words right out of my mouth, it must have been when I was kissing you'.

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Cheesy pap. Most of the songs sound the same. Hard to hate it, because it's light-hearted enough - but I can't even be bothered finishing the whole thing.

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Damit war ich eigentlich durch bevor ich mit Alkohol angefangen habe. Ein Bonus dafür, dass ich es mal gut fand und ein Bonus dafür, dass Hugo es teilweise tanzbar fand

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Weird

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Ahhh Meatloaf - the album has some well known tracks on it....but am not a fan, maybe because radio killed these songs in the 80s??? I am sure I will upset people but its 2 stars. Listened to it, bit not again!!!

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When this suggestion came up, I was happy that it wasn't "Bat Out of Hell II" and I wasn't going to have to listen to "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)". I still wasn't happy that this album came up as a suggestion. I have heard enough of Meat Loaf's music to know that his music is overly dramatic and generally not my preference. Listening to the whole album did not improve my impression of Meat Loaf. Most of the album scored at best 2 stars (did not like), but "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" is at least as dumb as "I'd Do Anything for Love...", and deserves 1 star (because there is no 0).

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It's certainly an aesthetic. Really repetitive.

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Heavy ballad themed album. Meatloaf combines dramatic opera with rock music. I don’t find it interesting but it’s different. Two out of three ain’t bad is a decent song. Overall it’s just ok. 5.4/10

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Overplayed.

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Wird gegen Ende immer öder, trotz aller Oppulenz. Klingt an einigen Stellen sehr nach Rocky Horror Picture Show, was aber wohl auch der Zeit geschuldet ist.

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I get why it's popular. It's very much of its time. Never going to be an album that sees heavy rotation with me.

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Classic but too cheesy for me, then and now

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its like a rock ballad made by a horny tenacious d fan

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First track rules. Creative album but ultimately not for me.

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It wasn't *as bad* as I expected. If Elton John is too theatrical and bombastic for me, I don't even know what to call Meatloaf. Not my jam, at all.

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You wanna love it but I can't. Its unique but quichy. I couldnt wait for it to be over.

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I could write this review the same as album one. But Meatloaf is a love child of Rock and Opera. Bat Out of Hell a all time classic but the rest of the album is a exact representation of the 70’s, a mix match of strong guitar and finger bashing piano. A mix match that would works in the musical theatre so maybe I’ve just created an idea or said something that already exists but either way. It’s a 70’s album not my favourite but at least I can say I’ve listened to it.

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Was originally written to be a musical... and it shows. Sounds like music that a 70's theater kid would enjoy. It doesn't take itself too seriously while trying to be "an epic rock opera". Reminds me of The Wall but if Roger Waters had a sense of humor. I see the appeal, but ultimately I am not a fan. Favorite song: All Revved Up with No Place to Go

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pas vraiment mon truc du tout mais par contre je m’attendais pas du tout à ça : ne pas juger un album à sa couverture ainsi qu’au nom de son artiste même si celui-ci est littéralement pain de viande, rip

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Would have given it 2.5 if I could just for 'Two out of Three'.

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Oof- yeah I’m probably gonna skip this one. It’s a rock opera from the late 70s, about a decade too late for relevancy. I mean, Meat was a great singer- my dude has some RANGE but this shit is corny AF. You know it. I know it. You know I know it. Let’s just walk away from this…

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Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf (1977) This record remains the best selling album of all time In Australia, which probably says less about the record than in does about Australia. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Australia, where I had originally planned to emigrate right about the time Bat Out of Hell was released, with my high school sweetheart, a co-captain of the pom-pom team who had introduced me to ‘paradise by the dashboard light’ (if ya know what I mean) when I was seventeen. She dumped me via long distance telephone, however, so I took the money I was saving for the trip and bought me a used 1968 Mercury Cougar—the third best decision I ever made in my life. Don’t press me for details. The point of this sad happy tale is that of the three major life goals I had set for myself as a high school senior, this Australia one didn’t pan out. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. But this album hit the market in 1977 all over the English-speaking world like a cultural exclamation point. Jim Steinman wrote the songs, composing each of them like an earwormy overture to a bad Off-Broadway musical, with a relentlessly campy appropriations of stale rock ‘n roll tropes, set in grimy, immature little narratives which are duly theatrical without rising to the level of the operatic. The arrangements have some nice grooves, but they are fatally fragmented—a most unintelligent songwriting effort. But they are intelligently performed by one Meat Loaf (friends call him ‘Meat’, but formally it’s ‘Mr. Loaf’), who has a voice well suited to the rock drama genre, with plenty of power and range, and a dramatic wildness like a bat out of hell that quite fits the bill. The big hit from this album “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” is corny, pompous, and trite all at once. Much better is the track “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, which tells a naughty tale focused on certain adolescent male motivations. It really does capture the ambience, much to an old man’s embarrassment. But the great artistic weakness of this record is that it strings together admittedly clever bits that are both musically and lyrically disjointed. Not the stuff for evoking nostalgia. 2/5

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It’s okay. Only like 7 songs and an hour length though??? Songs seem to drag on. Pretty good after the first 2/3 songs

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It's not music, is it? It's musical theatre.

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Não chamou a atenção o suficiente para considerar escutar mais.

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My fucking word that's awful. I couldn't listen to the whole album. Was just painful

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Meh, so dated!

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Nah

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Too proggy, did not vibe

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Sorry, I hate this kind of bombastic, theatrical rock'n'roll. It's literally one of the most boring forms of music for me.

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Eh. Intro song good but otherwise not for me.

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Disgusting

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Too much heavy

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Terrible

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Nooit begrepen waarom dit nou zo 'goed' zou moeten zijn.

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Butt

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A load of old bollocks.

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Typical American pop/rock, musics over produced and I just can't stand his voice!

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No se si es por el taladreo de mi padre cuando era pequeño, pero movida hell, diablitos, fueguitos, motoretas y tias vestidas de poli en tetas no es mi movida. Dicho esto, me ha medio molado Paradise by the dashboard porque mete bastantes cambios locos dentro de la canción. Pues yo que se pastel de carne... Bobby out

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The album cover is better than any of the garbage on this album.

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Trash

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Cringe

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At least I laughed a little. I don't think there will ever be a reason or urge to play Meatloaf ever again...might never eat it again also. Kept thinking if Fight Club...Bob.

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As a kid, great album. Decades later, it sounds like the worst rock opera ever. Terrible lyrics. How did Paradise by the Dashboard Lights become such a massive hit? Didn't add.

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Too loud

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Atrocious. Bloated. Overblown. Overproduced. Overplayed. Pompous. If I could do zero stars I would do zero stars.

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meh, this album didn't do anything for me

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No sir, I don't like it.

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Hell yeah! Motivation!

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xcasdv

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Meh

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hmmmm this is pretty good

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