Meat Loaf Couldn't Have Said It Better [UK]
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- Released: September 23, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Sanctuary Records
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This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. Enhancements include the two videos "Couldn't Have Said It Better," and "Did I Say That."
Personnel includes: Meat Loaf (vocals); Pearl Aday, Patti Russo (vocals); Tanja Reichert, Tony Flores, Giselda Vatcky (spoken vocals); Peter Mokran (guitar, synthesizer, programming); Michael Thompson (guitar); Stephen Erdody (cello); Tom Brislin (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Mark Alexander, Aaron Zigman (piano); Kasim Sulton (bass, background vocals); John Miceli, Kenny Aronoff (drums); Luis Conte (percussion); James Michael, Rose Stone, Lynn Davis, Alexandra Brown, Eric Troyer, Todd Rundgren (background vocals).
Recorded at Conway Studios, Hollywood, California; Avatar Studios, New York, New York; Solar Audio, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Even as he edges gingerly into his late 50s, Meat Loaf seems doggedly determined not to go gently into that good night of tastefully tamed-down middle-aged rockers. He's always been about the larger-than-life musical gesture, and COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER finds the former Marvin Aday investing his arena-size power ballads with even more drama than in his BAT OUT OF HELL salad days.
The Loaf's famed BAT songwriting cohort Jim Steinman may not be on board, but the singer delivers an album's worth of pathos-drenched, Springsteen-meets-Queen rock opera that seems to hark back to that 1977 smash more than even its '90s sequel. There's a brief nod to nu-metal on "Do It!," one of the few Meat Loaf songs to clock in under three minutes, but things close out on an appropriately epic note with a stately, pomp-and-circumstance version of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." That said, in an agreeably left-field touch, there's a hidden track at the end wherein our hero takes a roadhouse-rock approach to country star Alan Jackson's hit "Mercury Blues."
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