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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768465329
  • Catalog Number: 84653
  • Sales rank: 62,238

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Couldn't Have Said It Better (7:07)
  2. 2 Did I Say That (6:02)
  3. 3 Why Isn't That Enough (4:07)
  4. 4 Love You Out Loud (4:10)
  5. 5 Man of Steel/Intermezzo (6:16)
  6. 6 Testify (4:57)
  7. 7 Tear Me Down (3:38)
  8. 8 You're Right, I Was Wrong (3:44)
  9. 9 Because of You (3:56)
  10. 10 Do It! (2:38)
  11. 11 Forever Young (10:50)
  12. 12 Couldn't Have Said It Better
  13. 13 Did I Say That
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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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely the best Meat Loaf since Bat 1 & 2

    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!!!

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