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Hell in a Handbasket

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving hot on the heels of 2010's highly conceptual Hang Cool Teddy Bear, Hell in a Handbasket feels like an intimate affair but that assessment is relative. Coming from any other artist, Hell in a Handbasket would sound overblown but for Meat Loaf, it's relatively reflective, containing thunder in its production but lacking melodrama in its composition. Despite the strategic deployment of "hell" in its title, this album has nothing to do with the three previous Bat Out of Hell albums, including 2006's Jim Steinman-less The Monster Is Loose, but it has Meat Loaf's signature everything-plus-two-kitchen-sinks approach, sometimes stretching past the point of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving hot on the heels of 2010's highly conceptual Hang Cool Teddy Bear, Hell in a Handbasket feels like an intimate affair but that assessment is relative. Coming from any other artist, Hell in a Handbasket would sound overblown but for Meat Loaf, it's relatively reflective, containing thunder in its production but lacking melodrama in its composition. Despite the strategic deployment of "hell" in its title, this album has nothing to do with the three previous Bat Out of Hell albums, including 2006's Jim Steinman-less The Monster Is Loose, but it has Meat Loaf's signature everything-plus-two-kitchen-sinks approach, sometimes stretching past the point of parody as when he brings in his fellow Celebrity Apprentice contestants John Rich, Lil Jon, and Mark McGrath in for the nonsensical cluster-duet "Stand in the Storm." There, more is most definitely too much, but elsewhere on Hell in a Handbasket, Meat Loaf drifts into appealing strange territory, like the truly bizarre splicing of a galloping Tom Cochrane rocker and a muscular Chuck D rap on "Mad Mad World/The Good God Is a Woman and She Don't Like Ugly," a pairing that doesn't sit easily but is oddly compelling. But such an extreme is actually a rarity on Hell in a Handbasket: much of the record, produced by Paul Crook, is as straight down the middle as could be expected by an album that features a cover of the Mamas & Papas' "California Dreamin'," the beefy guitars eventually giving away to a procession of power ballads. Stripped of some of his bombast, Meat Loaf sounds contemplative, almost sincere, even when his material is overheating, trying desperately to convey big emotions on a grand scale. If the songs don't quite deliver upon their promise, at least Crook's production and Meat Loaf's performance keep things interesting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919327328
  • Catalog Number: 193273
  • Sales rank: 49,723

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All of Me (5:15)
  2. 2 The Giving Tree (4:53)
  3. 3 Live or Die (4:26)
  4. 4 Blue Sky/Mad Mad World/The Good God Is a Woman and She Don't Like Ugly - Chuck D (4:58)
  5. 5 California Dreamin' - Patti Russo (3:57)
  6. 6 Party of One (3:57)
  7. 7 Another Day (5:03)
  8. 8 Forty Days (5:20)
  9. 9 Our Love and Our Souls - Patti Russo (3:57)
  10. 10 Stand In the Storm - Mark McGrath (4:36)
  11. 11 Blue Sky (2:56)
  12. 12 Fall From Grace (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meat Loaf Primary Artist
Glen Duncan Mandolin
John Miceli Percussion, Drums
Jerry Flowers Background Vocals
Patti Russo Vocals, Background Vocals
Danny Miranda Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Caitlin Evanson Fiddle
Randy Flowers Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Justin Avery Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
David Luther Saxophone, Background Vocals
Paul Crook Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Ginny Luke Violin
Bruce Bowden Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Mulhoberac Synthesizer, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Tom Cochrane Composer
John Phillips Composer
Michelle Phillips Composer
Barry Dean Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Doug McKean Engineer
John Miceli Engineer
Carlton Ridenhour Composer
P.R. Brown Art Direction
Bobby Huff Composer
Tom Consolo Management
Dave Kushner Composer
Bill Luther Composer
Wade Bowen Composer
Ken Levitan Management
Dave Berg Composer
Franky Perez Composer
Troy Verges Composer
Ethan Carlson Engineer
Randy Flowers Engineer
Sean McConnell Composer
John Paul White Composer
Justin Avery Engineer
Justin Weaver Composer
Andrew Schubert Engineer
Brad Townsend Engineer
Dan Chase Engineer
Nathaniel Alford Engineer
Paul Crook Composer, Producer, Engineer, Loop Programming
Peter Pappalardo Booking
Deborah Gillespie Creative Assistance
Peter Nash Booking
Sean Giovanni Engineer
Greg Becker Composer
Evan Watson Composer
Dennis Arfa Booking
Tommy Henricksen Composer
Kelly Wold Personal Assistant
Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith drum programming, Additional Production
Jenna Gray Artwork
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