Hang Cool Teddy Bear [Bonus Disc] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hang Cool Teddy Bear may not be an explicit sequel to Bat Out of Hell -- not in its title or in its composition, with Meat Loaf once again parting ways with Jim Steinman, the architect of the Bat songs -- but it sure has enough bombast to trick anybody into thinking it's the fourth volume of Bat. It's not, of course: unlike those three career-defining records, Hang Cool Teddy Bear boasts an actual narrative -- a hazy, unformed tale of a wounded soldier -- instead of merely being conceptual, a difference that should give the album shape, particularly when married with Rob Cavallo's crisp, bright production. Cavallo corrects all the errors of the heavy-handed, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hang Cool Teddy Bear may not be an explicit sequel to Bat Out of Hell -- not in its title or in its composition, with Meat Loaf once again parting ways with Jim Steinman, the architect of the Bat songs -- but it sure has enough bombast to trick anybody into thinking it's the fourth volume of Bat. It's not, of course: unlike those three career-defining records, Hang Cool Teddy Bear boasts an actual narrative -- a hazy, unformed tale of a wounded soldier -- instead of merely being conceptual, a difference that should give the album shape, particularly when married with Rob Cavallo's crisp, bright production. Cavallo corrects all the errors of the heavy-handed, metallic Bat Out of Hell III -- its slick, processed grind playing like an unfortunate artifact from the moussed and teased '80 Sunset Strip -- but the album flails nearly as much as that misbegotten 2006 sequel because it lacks Steinman's unerring ear for the ludicrous. Plenty try to ape it -- notably, Justin Hawkins, who made his bones with the parodic rock of the Darkness, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Bon Jovi, and Desmond Child -- but none achieved anything close, either pushing fist-pumping, Springsteen arena-anthems, or rockers bloated with too much room for guitar solos, both lacking hooks. Meat Loaf also gets assistance in the studio by a true motley crew -- Steve Vai and Brian May double-team on guitar, Jack Black sings backing vocals, and House's Hugh Laurie pounds the piano -- and frankly, he kind of needs to, sounding every one of his 62 years as he valiantly tries to scale the artificial peaks of this pomp, trying to sing a line as stupid as "I can barely put my dick in my pants" with some semblance of dignity. Not that dignity was ever that important to Meat Loaf, but the shallow spectacle of Hang Cool Teddy Bear lacks the absurd joy of his best: you can hear everybody involved working far too hard to achieve next to nothing. [This edition features a second disc of live bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861776053
  • Catalog Number: 177605
  • Sales rank: 171,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peace On Earth (6:38)
  2. 2 Living On the Outside (5:03)
  3. 3 Los Angeloser (4:09)
  4. 4 If I Can't Have You - Hugh Laurie (5:00)
  5. 5 Love is Not Real/Next Time You Stab Me In the Back (7:33)
  6. 6 Like a Rose - Jack Black (3:16)
  7. 7 Did You Ever Love Somebody (5:30)
  8. 8 Song of Madness (4:02)
  9. 9 California Isn't Big Enough (Hey There Girl) (4:43)
  10. 10 Running Away From Me (3:54)
  11. 11 Let's Be In Love - Patti Russo (5:11)
  12. 12 If It Rains (3:56)
  13. 13 Elvis In Vegas (6:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Want You So Hard (3:09)
  2. 2 Break It (4:59)
  3. 3 Blind As a Bat (6:21)
  4. 4 Amnesty is Granted - CC Coletti (5:12)
  5. 5 Rock and Roll Dream (7:34)
  6. 6 Anything For Love - Patti Russo (10:01)
  7. 7 2 Out of 3 Ain't Bad (6:26)
  8. 8 Bat Out of Hell (12:51)
  9. 9 Roadhouse - CC Coletti (5:58)
  10. 10 Why Don't We Do It In the Road - CC Coletti (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meat Loaf Primary Artist
Steve Vai Guitar
Brian May Guitar
Kasim Sulton Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Alexander Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jack Black Background Vocals
David Campbell Conductor
Carmen Carter Background Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Tim Pierce Guitar
Julian Raymond Background Vocals
Rob Cavallo Guitar
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
John Miceli Drums
Eric Dover Background Vocals
Chris Chaney Bass
Patti Russo Vocals, Background Vocals
Marcus Blake Background Vocals
Justin Hawkins Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Georgia Haege Background Vocals
Randy Flowers Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Brantley Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Aly Michalka Background Vocals
CC Coletti Vocals, Background Vocals
Jaime Neely Background Vocals
David Luther Keyboards, Saxophone, Background Vocals
James Michael Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Crook Guitar
Adam Ahuja Guitar
Hugh Laurie Piano
Eric Skodus Background Vocals
Jake Scherer Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Billy Falcon Composer
Desmond Child Composer
David Campbell String Arrangements, Percussion Arrangement, Percussion Programming, String Conductor
Ted Jensen Mastering
Doug McKean Engineer
Jamie Muhoberac Composer
Liz Vidal Composer
Rob Cavallo Composer, Producer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Marvin Lee Aday Composer
Raine Maida Composer
P.R. Brown Art Direction
Lars Fox Pro-Tools
Boris Vallejo Artwork
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Marsha Malamet Composer
Neil Mason Composer
Kevin Kadish Composer
Justin Hawkins Composer
Jaren Johnston Composer
Gregory Becker Composer
David Palumbo Artwork
John Paul White Composer
Jon Foreman Composer
Eric Nally Composer
Paul Freeman Composer
Joe Libretti Drum Technician
Dan Chase Programming, Engineer, Pro-Tools
James Michael Composer
Julie Bell Cover Art
Kilian Kerwin Story Writer
Christina Henriksen Records
Jake Scherer Composer
Frances Bowdery Logistics
Anthony Palumbo Artwork
Mathius Wollo Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Intelligence restored to Rock and Roll

    Just when you thought good rock and roll isn't made anymore. Along comes Meat Loaf with a new sound behind this career pivotal album. Truth be told, this is NOT a part of the Bat trilogy that die hard fans know and cherish. It's a brand new treasure filled with layers of mature vocals, intertwined with climactic instrumentation that weaves into a story behind the lyrics of each song. This album is a must have for all Meat Loaf fans. And this album takes time to understand, you won't see all the mystery on first listen, which is brilliantly intelligent. Highlighted songs that will draw you in are "Los Angeloser" a catchy tune which takes you by surprise (chair dancing anyone), "If I Can't Have You" will give you a rock style relationship conflict that one can easily relate to, and "Song Of Madness" verges on a fine line of harder rock with metal influence but very Meat Loaf. I highly recommend this album for anyone with a passion for great Rock and Roll. Keep an open mind because this isn't your dad's Meat Loaf!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    No Bat...but still good

    I have been a Meat Fan forever and have all of his albums. While his voice is no longer what it used to be, it is still better than those of the younger generation. This album has a suprising sound to it, actually very modern and almost pop-like. It is nothing like Meats normal music, but the difference is a pleasant suprise. I really like it...it's fun.

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    Posted May 14, 2010

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