Meat Loaf was sort of a mixed bag at first when beginning the album. As the album goes the songs get better. The album feels more like it’s letting itself become a rock opera instead of trying to go for what was in for the late 70’s. There was a lot of struggle to get this album to go though, but a few decades later it seems like it was worth the work as people are still very familiar wit the tunes.
History: Love it or hate this album has went on to be one of the best selling albums of all time, and appeared on Rolling Stones’ Greatest Albums of all time list. It also features legendary musicians like Todd Rundgren and on the guitar and Max Weinberg from Bruce Springstreen’s E Street Band. For a guy just working on his second album he had a lot backing it plus a lot of people who people who believed in what it had to offer to keep shopping it around to record companies.Thought the album now still sells very well it didn’t start to be popular. Critically the album was received with mixed reviews and didn’t really make too many waves on the charts upon it’s release.
Vocals: It’s difficult to deny that Meat Loaf doesn’t have vocal talent. He has an unique voicing that doesn’t fit any rock genre, so when he did this album with elements of rock it does mesh it into an album that is creative all on it’s own. He also has tons of energy on this album. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone so excited to be singing on an album as Meat Loaf is on this one. There are some favorite songs I walked away with from this one like “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth”, where his vocals just make the flow of the song.
Instrumentals: This album couldn’t have been as well done without the backing band that Meat Loaf had though. Todd Rundgren showcases some great guitar moments on the album. For a guy who thought this album was joke he at least took it seriously enough to put all his talent into it along with his band Utopia. There is also Max Weinberg on the drums, and he’s one of the most famous drummers there is. On songs like “Revved Up With Nowhere to Go” you have a brilliant instrumental arrangement, but some of the worst lyrics I’ve ever heard. I had to work real hard to block them out. I enjoyed this jazz 70’s sound that got merged into the album.
Recording: Some will say this is the most dated album you will hear, but I’ve heard others say that the sound is so unique that it makes it something that would have been out of place no matter what year it was released. I find the two perspectives to be interesting because they are polar opposite, and I agree with elements of both. This album has sounds that would have only been more popular to use at the time it was released, but there other elements like the vocals that wouldn’t have belonged anywhere no matter when Meat Loaf sought out getting this album out there.
I was surprised that as the album went on it did grow on me more. There are some songs that I have to admit I will be going out and listening to again. They are stuck in my head as we speak and I want to listen. Meat Loaf knows how to work his unique set of pipes to what the song is asking for whether it’s more rock type or something verging on some jazz it works.