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Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947) is an American musician and actor best known by his stage name Meat Loaf. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose and his powerful vocals over a three-octave range. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide. After 35 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.
Although he enjoyed success with Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and earned a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love” on the latter album, Meat Loaf experienced some initial difficulty establishing a steady career within his native US. However, he has retained iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the UK, where he ranks 23rd for the number of weeks overall spent on the charts as of 2006. He ranked 96th on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”
He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million units. He has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. His most notable roles include Eddie in the American premiere of The Rocky Horror Show and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also appeared in David Fincher’s Fight Club in 1999 as the character Robert Paulson.
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Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose is an album by Meat Loaf, the third and last in the Bat Out of Hell series. It was released in October 2006, 29 years after Bat Out of Hell (1977), and 13 after Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993).
Produced by Desmond Child, it is the only Bat album not involving Jim Steinman in its production. The album was subject to a legal dispute between Meat Loaf and Steinman, who had registered the phrase “Bat Out of Hell” as a trademark and attempted to prevent the album using the phrase. In the end, seven songs that Steinman wrote for various other projects were included.
As with its predecessors, the album received mixed reviews. A tour, named “Seize the Night tour,” followed the release, concentrating upon songs from the Bat albums.According to Steinman, “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” was inspired by Wuthering Heights, and was an attempt to write “the most passionate, romantic song” he could ever create. In interviews, Meat Loaf has said that, in his mind, the song was always meant to be a duet. Norwegian artist Marion Raven, who had been working on her solo album with Child, was chosen because the timbre of her voice starkly contrasts to Meat Loaf’s.
“Bad for Good” was one of the many songs written by Steinman under the inspiration of Peter Pan and lost boys who never grow up. This is reflected in lyrics such as “You know I’m gonna be like this forever/I’m never gonna be what I should.” The song was written to appear on the follow up to Bat Out of Hell, but which Steinman recorded himself. Because of this, Meat Loaf was aware that there is a “core of fans that know that song,” so he “had that under the microscope more than any other on the album.”
“Cry over Me” is, according to Meat Loaf, a timeless song dealing with relationships of all kinds. In a 2007 interview, he says that it can be about your first or last loves, or dealing with your boss at work. Partially quoting the lyrics, the singer posits that there are times when “you want him to feel exactly like I felt when he said that to me.”
The Guardian says “In the Land of the Pig (The Butcher is King)” is “five Olympian minutes crying out for a full production at Glyndebourne.” Guitarist Steve Vai describes it as “very Gothic; almost terrifying.” It is about the intense power over subordinates:Can’t you hear the choir now?Listen to the animals sing.Can’t you hear the slaughterhouse bells?In the land of the pigs the butcher is king.“Monstro” is a bombastic orchestral piece layered with chorals that lead into the piano introduction to “Alive.” Meat Loaf decided to hire Desmond Child when he revealed that he had written “Alive” especially for the album. The song refers to how the singer has overcome difficult periods in his life.
“What About Love”, a piano-based duet with Patti Russo, is a sexually charged song that echoes “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” from the 1977 album. Here, though, the singers are singing about love throughout, not bitterness. The final verse contains the most explicit lyrics about their first sexual encounter.[Boy:]I can’t forget the feeling of your sweat upon my skin.And the tremble of your body on the day you let me in…[Girl:]On a summernight’s surrender with nothing to lose.You were scared and so was I when I gave myself to you…“Seize the Night” has a strong orchestral foundation underneath the lead vocals and a choir. A duet with Jennifer Hudson, “The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be” is a pessimistic song based upon the myth that Pandora closed her jar before allowing “hope” to escape (the song first appeared on the only album performed by female group Pandora’s Box). The lyrics reveal the hopelessness of the past (Were there ever any stars in the sky?) and the future (There’s nothing so sad as a tomorrow gone bad).
The final song of the Bat trilogy is a short one written by Steinman. A few lyrics of Cry to Heaven begin rather sweet, but turning rather bitter: (Cry baby cry/Cry, cry to heaven/If that doesn’t do it for you/Go ahead and cry like hell.) The two parts are bridged by an instrumental dominated by an Irish flute.Cover and bookletThe cover follows the style of the previous two albums called Bat Out of Hell. Julie Bell designed the cover and the artwork that appears alongside the lyrics in the booklet. She also supplied the art for the “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” single.
The booklet contains all of the lyrics to the songs, each page featuring a small illustration. The CD liner contains a dedication “For thirty years of friendship and inspiration, Bat Out of Hell III is dedicated to Jim Steinman.” ReceptionThe album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and sold about 81,000 copies in its opening week, his best since Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. However, it slipped to No. 60 after 3 weeks. The album also reached No. 3 in the UK charts, but quickly fell off.
Q gave the album a positive review, calling it “the second-best album to bear the ‘Bat’ name”, and saying that Child did an ‘impressive recreation of Steinman’s Andrew Lloyd Webber-on-steroids approach’, while the album was “overblown, frequently ridiculous and largely devoid of irony.” However, they were unimpressed with the title track, suggesting that ‘whoever decided it would be a good idea for Meat Loaf to tackle nu metal… should be tarred and feathered.” Q did, however, praise the “operatic” vocals and May’s “fabulously hysterical guitar” on the track “Bad for Good”.The Village Voice named it as ‘Album of the Year This Week’, calling it “absurdist, righteous majesty”.
Some reviews, however, have lamented Steinman’s absence. The website Allmusic focus upon this, saying that “this Bat is quite obviously a patchwork, pieced together from things borrowed and recreated, never quite gelling the way either of the previous Bats did.” They criticized “The Monster Is Loose” as a “disarming, a grindingly metallic riff-rocker that sits very uncomfortably next to Steinman’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now””, and Child as “a professional who is playing a game without bothering to learn the rules.” On the other hand, Allmusic commended Meat Loaf’s voice, saying that he sings “his heart out as he valiantly tries to make this Bat a worthy successor to the originals.” Singles and music videos“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” was the first song released as a single. It reached number one in Raven’s native Norway, and the top ten in both the UK and Germany. “Blind As A Bat” was scheduled to be released in the UK on December 18, but was then put back to February 26, as two CDs. In turn, this single was pulled at the last minute, in favor of “Cry Over Me“, which was released on May 7, 2007.
P. R. Brown directed the videos for “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” and “Cry over Me.” “It’s All Coming Back…” is an elaborate production, in which Meat Loaf is being haunted by the memory of his dead lover. Told in flashback, Raven’s character crashes her car to avoid a man standing in the road. She sings as an unseen spirit following Meat Loaf. It echoes Steinman’s comments that the song is about the “dark side of love” and the “ability to be resurrected by it.”
The video for “Cry over Me” had the lowest budget since those for the original album. A simple video, Meat Loaf has said that it only took four hours to film The music video for “The Monster Is Loose” consists of animation. Its storyline is about a biker who rescues a girl from an enormous bat.
The videos for “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”, “Cry over Me” and “The Monster Is Loose” are included as bonus features on the 3 Bats Live DVD, released in October 2007.Track listing
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