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Couldn't Have Said It Better [UK]
     

Couldn't Have Said It Better [UK]

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by Meat Loaf
 

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The eight years since Meat Loaf's last studio album didn't include any editions of his Bat Out of Hell series, but with a live album and a VH1 Storytellers appearance that relied heavily on Bat material, it sure seemed like it. Maybe that's why Couldn't Have Said It Better feels like the more sure and energetic post-Bat albums (

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The eight years since Meat Loaf's last studio album didn't include any editions of his Bat Out of Hell series, but with a live album and a VH1 Storytellers appearance that relied heavily on Bat material, it sure seemed like it. Maybe that's why Couldn't Have Said It Better feels like the more sure and energetic post-Bat albums (Dead Ringer and Welcome to the Neighborhood) with the singer still sounding ecstatic from hitting a home run. Performance wise, Meat Loaf is in fine form, rocking it out bar-band style and able to deliver the grandiose tongue-in-cheek lyrics with just enough smirk. The material gets divided into two "chapters," splitting the songs into Bat-like mini-operas on the first and turning the bombast down to mere Queen level on the second. Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx and his writing partner James Michael contribute the bulk of the first chapter, with songs that betray taste and come right from the hulking Jim Steinman school. Just the right amount of camp keeps the rocking title track in check and Meat's call and response duet with Pearl Aday on "Man of Steel" stands with his finest moments. Chapter two kicks off with the great "Testify," a shimmy of a rave-up worthy of Meat's Eddie character from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was a brilliant move to hire "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"'s composer/lyricist Stephen Trask for the husky "Tear Me Down," and Diane Warren contributes the softer "You're Right, I Was Wrong." The hyper and silly rap on "Do It" is ludicrous even by Meat Loaf's standards, but a chugging version of Dylan's "Forever Young" and the fiery version of "Mercury Blues," hidden as a bonus track, make for a perfect ending. At the time of its release, Steinman was five songs into writing Bat Out of Hell III. If he feeds off the serious competition on Couldn't Have Said It Better, it'll be fantastic.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768465329
catalogNumber:
84653

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meat Loaf   Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren   Background Vocals
Kasim Sulton   Bass,Background Vocals
Mark Alexander   Piano,Hammond Organ
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Alexandra Brown   Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Dan Higgins   Penny Whistle
Peter Mokran   Synthesizer
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Rose Stone   Background Vocals
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
Aaron Zigman   Piano
John Miceli   Drums
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Pearl Aday   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patti Russo   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Michael   Background Vocals
Tom Brislin   Piano,Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Vocal Arrangements
Billy Rankin   Composer
Rick Jude   Composer
Peter Mokran   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Diane Warren   Composer
Aaron Zigman   Orchestral Arrangements
Nikki Sixx   Composer
Tony Flores   Poetry
Allen Kovac   Executive Producer
Susan McEowen   Art Direction
James Michael   Composer
Steve Balsamo   Composer
Jo Davidson   Composer
Stephen Trask   Composer
Gil Elvgren   Cover Illustration

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Couldn't Have Said It Better 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD should be comeback of the year (or the decade) Meat Loaf hasn't lost a beat. What he's found is some really great writers to match his incomparable voice. You won't miss Jim Steinman a bit. Bravo!!!