Meat Loaf
Bat Out of Hell


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
March 29th, 2010 | 70 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Took the words right out of my mouth.

Talented rock and roll is so rarely overlooked. With its thunderous drums and bass to its screeching guitars, it almost never requires extra attention. There are of course exceptions to any rule, and this time it is Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell. Despite containing three of classic rock’s most popular tunes, the album is not commonly mentioned among the greatest of its time. There are some reasons for this that are worth entertaining, perhaps the most notable being that it contains so many arena rock clichés (concepts and fully developed storylines, etc.). But make no mistake, this is no run-of-the-mill album. Bat Out of Hell is, in addition to being Meat Loaf’s greatest accomplishment, a very fun and technically skilled album that is essential to any classic rock fan’s collection.

From the opening seconds of the title track it is clear that pretentiousness and bombast will have their place on this album. “Bat Out of Hell” commences with a progressively driven sound that features very fast-paced piano and pounding drums. This is quickly followed by some epic guitar riffs along the lines of Boston’s “Don’t Look Back.” Everything seems to be hinting towards a heavily instrumental prog-rock album, but it isn’t until the vocals come in that the song really starts to work well on all levels. Due to the energy and strength that Michael Lee Aday (more commonly known as “Meat Loaf”) brings to the table, the overall quality and sound of the entire album is elevated tremendously. This is easily the most evident on the title track, as Meat Loaf belts out Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes. Meat Loaf delivers an undeniably strong vocal performance over the entire course of the record, and after songs like “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” it becomes nearly impossible to question that he is the reason Bat Out of Hell is such a successful and high selling record. Yes, the guitar work is quite intricate as are all of the other instrumental aspects, but it isn’t anything that classic rock fans haven’t heard before. The vocals and the relatable lyrics are what makes this album a truly unique experience.

This brings us to what may be the most redeeming quality of Bat Out of Hell. All technical aspects put aside, this is just a fun album to listen to. Every song is designed to be an up tempo, easy listen. The aforementioned “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” is a prime example, telling a humorous story about a guy who wants to have sex with a girl, but has to tell her that he loves her first. He finally does because “the feeling came upon me like a tidal wave” and he eventually swears that he will love her until the end of time. Of course, when the deed was done, he regrets this and furiously sings I’m praying for the end of time, so I can end my time with you! Another thoroughly enjoyable track is “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth”, a song that all of us have surely heard at some point. This song went on to become the album’s biggest radio hit, and deservedly so with yet another strong vocal performance, tightly crafted instrumentals, and a summertime feel. “All Revved Up With No Place To Go” is a lesser known gem from this record, but it nevertheless deserves its share of recognition. The beat is oddly addicting and it even features a trumpet solo midway through, making it one of Meat Loaf’s more obscure works. Another important thing to notice about Bat Out of Hell is that it also features three incredible ballads. The most renowned of these three songs would have to be “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” The song isn’t anything spectacular from an instrumental standpoint, but it is catchy and extremely fluid, which makes it remarkably accessible. “All Revved Up With No Place To Go” and “For Crying Out Loud” follow a similar formula, but succeed in different ways. These two ballads rely more on their lyrics and the slow, purposeful piano notes to set a tone. Needless to say, Meat Loaf’s vocals are what elevates the songs from mediocrity to exquisiteness.

As a whole, Bat Out of Hell is a very consistent, very fun album. At seven songs, it delivers everything that you could ask for from a rock album in 1977. It features larger than life production, soaring vocals, shredding guitar solos, purposeful drumming…you name it, Bat Out of Hell has it. Yes, it can be somewhat cheesy at times and no, it isn’t “experimental.” However, it accomplishes everything that Meat Loaf wanted the record to be. It is straight up, fun and catchy hard rock tunes with relatable lyrics and an interesting overriding theme/storyline. Every song contributes something important to the album, and there is not one boring moment from start to finish. From just about any perspective, that makes Bat Out of Hell a resounding, triumphant success.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
March 29th 2010


31437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This collected dust for the longest time. Don't know why I never got into it earlier.

Digging: Bad Books - III

ninjuice
March 29th 2010


6760 Comments


THIS

IS

THE PAIN KILL--

Oh yeah, nevermind.

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 29th 2010


31437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

do all reviews start with a default neg or something? i swear i posted this review and before i could even look at it, it said "0 out of 1 thought this review was well written." im not one to get bent out of shape about negging, but this happened on 3 out of my last 5 reviews and it is really annoying.

EnricoPalazzo
March 29th 2010


626 Comments


It says that 2 out of 2 thought this was well-written.


I prefer Painkiller though.

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 29th 2010


31437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thats weird it must have been a glitch, either that or someone went in and fixed it...



what's painkiller? everyone's making references to it.

ninjuice
March 29th 2010


6760 Comments


http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/j/judas-priest/album-painkiller.jpg

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 29th 2010


31437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks greatlakes, and yes, you should give this a listen. you seem to like classic rock so this is right up your alley

tiesthatbind
March 29th 2010


7441 Comments


What is up with that random neg you always get? Great review nonetheless. I enjoy classic rock as well, so I might check this out sometime.

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 29th 2010


31437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i must've pissed someone off so im getting troll neg'd =)

tiesthatbind
March 29th 2010


7441 Comments


No, I think some people just go to all the reviews on the front page and neg them sometimes. I highly doubt you've made enemies on this site, you're even less offensive than me.

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 29th 2010


31437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

well some of my old reviews got random negs too...but perhaps you're correct haha. not that it matters, im not really aspiring staff or anything

tiesthatbind
March 29th 2010


7441 Comments


I know, but it's still immature. Especially if you keep pumping out quality reviews.

Jim
March 30th 2010


5110 Comments


title song is a favourite of mine

TheBlackHoleofDeath7
March 30th 2010


61 Comments


terrible band imo but ace review.

Knott-
Emeritus
March 30th 2010


10219 Comments


I used to have a record which was half this, half Bonnie Tyler... maybe not all off here but mostly. And it fucking ruled.

BigHans
March 30th 2010


30081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album, Ive seen him live twice and he was pretty terrible actualy. Basically his stage persona is he gets drunk and cusses everybody out. Can't take away from this work however.

ReturnToRock
March 30th 2010


3446 Comments


I'M LIKE A BAT OUTTA HELL, AND I'M GONE WITH THE RISING SUN!!!

ReturnToRock
March 30th 2010


3446 Comments


Hey Season, I'm getting those weird troll negs too...sometimes they get fixed, sometimes not. Ever since I began Ace Frehley's discography, it's happened on EVERY SINGLE REVIEW, and it only disappeared the one time.

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 30th 2010


31437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@returntorock, that is weird...even on this one it has alternately switched between saying 3 of 3 and 2 of 3 lol



i don't know what it is about this album, but i am so hooked on it that I have stopped listening to just about everything else. it's good, but it shouldn't be THAT good haha

bloozclooz
April 9th 2010


1770 Comments


lol yeah my dad has this on a vinyl.



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