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Hang Cool Teddy Bear Review

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the CD. It is less complex than his iconic Bat Out of Hell, but it has a great mix. There is some profanity, but not much. Yes, Meat Loaf can have a successful album without Jim Steinman.

The CD is based on a story of a wounded soldier who is having flashforwards (rather than flashbacks) of his life as he lies dying on the battlefield. Each song is a different vision of his future. Chapters of the story have been posted on http://www.hangcoolteddybear.com/. Be warned, when you open this page, the video for Los Angeloser starts to play. If you don't want it running through your head for the rest of the day, turn off your sound.

When Meat Loaf posted the Los Angeloser video I feared the worst. The song is catchy and stays in your head forever (ear worm) and I feared the whole CD would be filled with that type of song. Los Angeloser appears to be a song that is designed for radio play. Thankfully, the mix is much better. The album as a whole is marvelous.

I would recommend against buying the extended version with the bonus CD as the bonus CD consists only of live versions of previous hits. Meat Loaf's live performances really need to be experienced visually to get the full experience. Just remember, he is an actor who sings, not a singer who acts so his focus is on the visual aspects when he's performing, causing the vocals suffer a bit.

Overall, I give this CD very high marks indeed.
 


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